North Miami’s newest Assistant Police Chief Neal Cuevas is a 42 year veteran of the NMPD. He joined the department as a police officer in 1975 at a time when the city had very little diversity, and its police department had none. In fact, Officer Cuevas was the first Hispanic ever hired by the NMPD, and his all-white colleagues never let him forget that he didn’t belong.
Despite that hostile environment, or perhaps because of it, Officer Cuevas was determined to prove himself worthy of wearing the badge. Not only did he exceed all expectations, but he certainly raised the bar.
While his humble goal was to simply represent the very best that the law enforcement profession had to offer, Cuevas unwittingly became the standard bearer for the hundreds of minority police officers who have joined the North Miami Police Department in the years since he came on board. He went on to make history as the first Hispanic Sergeant, Lieutenant, Major and now Assistant Police Chief. Continue reading