Miami-Dade Homicide Captain Jorge Herrera’s risky career



By Savanna Santelices

Police officer Jorge Herrera is a 45-year-old who was born in Miami, Florida.  He was born on April 2, 1971.  He works for the Miami-Dade Police Department Homicide Bureau.  What he likes best about his job is that he enjoys the fact that he helps people in his community everyday by making sure that people are safe and doing my best to solve crimes to get criminals off our streets.  What he likes least about his job is that unfortunately, sometimes he can’t help people before they become victims of a criminal act.  He has to deal with many bad situations and try his best to help people cope with those incidents that cause them or their loved ones to be the victims of a crime.

Police officer Jorge Herrera was inspired by a police officer that worked off duty at the bank that is family used.  He remembered him talking about his job and he said, “I knew that is what I wanted to do!”

Herrera has never shot or arrested a kid, but when he used to work for the SWAT team he arrested many juveniles (under the age of 18) for committing crimes.  The Police Department uses 61 different number codes and other “Q” codes that allow them to shorten the words that they are saying.

To an extremely and dangerous homicide scene about 4 people are called out to a scene.  It depends on how bad or the size of the scene is.  In Jorge’s free time he like to go to the keys, go out on the boat, play sports, and have fun with his wife and kids.  Jorge has been a police officer for about 26 years.  He says he is thankful that he has never shot someone by accident.  He also went on to say that he has never arrested a celebrity but when he was a member of the SWAT team he protected many celebrities. Herrera says he has only been in three shootings in his whole career.


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