Daniel Oates

Daniel Oates

Chief of Police

I am proud to work with a team of highly capable civilian, sworn and volunteer members who are dedicated to our number one goal of keeping our community safe. The individuals who serve the City of Miami Beach are genuine professionals who do everything they can to protect and serve the needs of our community members.

Despite our best efforts, our employees are only one aspect of the success of the City of Miami Beach. Equally important are the relationships we establish with our community that really make the difference. As citizens you play a critically important role, and we encourage you to get involved by proactively identifying issues before they become problems. As has been proven time and again, by working together we maximize our ability to be truly effective at reducing crime.

I encourage you to take a few minutes to review this site to better understand the services and programs the Miami Beach Police Department has in place.  Whether you are an individual or a member of a business, group, or organization, there are numerous ways for you to get involved, and we welcome the opportunity to partner with you.


Chief Daniel J. Oates was appointed as the 19th Chief of the Miami Beach Police Department on June 9, 2014.  The City of Miami Beach Police Department is staffed by 384 police officers, 93 civilians, and has an operating budget of approximately $106 million.  The MBPD serves 91,550 full-time residents, 23,756 seasonal residents, and has an average daily population of 207,000. It is one of the nation’s leading tourist destinations, hosting 280 days a year of special events that attract local, national and international visitors.

Prior to his appointment in Miami Beach, Chief Oates served for nearly nine years as the Chief of Police for the City of Aurora, Colorado, a major suburb with a population of 350,000. During his time in Aurora, he oversaw a 30-percent reduction in major index crime.

Prior to his appointment in Aurora, Chief Oates served for four years as Chief of Police and Safety Services Administrator for the City of Ann Arbor, Michigan. Chief Oates was responsible for all police, fire and emergency management services for the city of 114,000 that included the University of Michigan. During his time in Ann Arbor, Chief Oates oversaw a 24-percent reduction in major index crime.

From 1980 through 2001, Chief Oates served in the New York Police Department. He finished his NYPD career as a Deputy Chief and the Executive Officer and second-in-command of the Brooklyn South Patrol Borough, where he supervised 3,000 patrol officers and 700 civilians providing all patrol services for 1.4 million residents in the City’s largest borough.  Between 1997 and 2001, Chief Oates served as the Commanding Officer of the NYPD’s Intelligence Division. He was a member of the Police Commissioner’s Executive Staff and served as the Commissioner’s principal advisor on citywide security and intelligence matters. Chief Oates’ prior NYPD assignments include serving as the Chief Counsel and Commanding Officer of the NYPD’s 85-attorney Legal Bureau.

Chief Oates is a 1977 graduate of Bucknell University with a B.A. degree in English. He graduated from New York Law School in 1986 and is admitted to practice law in Colorado, New York and New Jersey. He also holds a Master’s of Science Degree in Management from New York University.

Chief Oates is a member of numerous professional associations and a member of the Board of Directors of the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF), a long-time member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), Past President of the Colorado Association of Chiefs of Police, and the past Vice-Chair of the Colorado Peace Officers Standards and Training (POST). Chief Oates also serves on the Criminal Intelligence Coordinating Council, the National Advisory Council of Police Chiefs and Sheriffs created in May 2004 to advise the U.S. Attorney General and Secretary of Homeland Security on intelligence and security strategies in a post-9/11 world.


Chief Daniel J. Oates