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"Fight for them," No. 2 at Miami-Dade police force says of cadets slated for lay-offs. Tell the mayor, too.



A fiery graduation speech by Juan Perez, deputy director of the Miami-Dade police department, caused a stir this week. One reason: he urged the audience of police officers, higher-ups and new recruits to tell "the commissioners, the mayor" and "whoever is listening" that the community needs the new officers.

Thanks to pending budget cuts, the new recruiting class is officially slated to be let go once the new fiscal year begins Oct. 1. That assumes Miami-Dade commissioners approve the budget as presented by Mayor Carlos Gimenez. It costs about $2.5 million to train a new recruiting class, according to a department spokeswoman. 

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