Chief Burgess: “Our crime stats are great! (Except for all those damn shootings.)”

Don't worry about the warWhile you were sleeping, North Miami Police responded to yet another shooting at the Center Court Apartments, located at NE 18th Avenue and 149th Street.

This is the same building where, less than two months ago, Vinel L’Amour was murdered at gunpoint while he was on duty manning the security booth.

Earlier this month, Police Chief Leonard Burgess sent out his now infamous email to City Manager, Mayor and Council, defending the crime rate statistics for North Miami.  He wrote:

North Miami IS Aventura

Head Cheerleader for Team Burgess, City Clerk Michael Etienne, also weighed in with his own Words of Wisdom:

North Miami IS safe

I fully expect Police Chief Burgess to spring right into action and send out another public email stating:






Thank U


WHEW!  That’s  a relief!

Time for another NMPD flag football game!

NMPD Plays Flag Football

Right, Michael?


Stephanie Kienzle
“Spreading the Wealth”

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  1. Public Records says:

    It is kind of you not to comment on the grammar of our City Clerk. Seriously, is it not a requirement of folks in public office to know how to communicate properly? Between the Chief’s recent email and the City Clerk’s above writing, it has me wondering – Is this a Miami thing? Are certain sectors not required to have proper written communication skills? And do these skills not matter? I am seriously wondering.

    And secondly, thank you for pointing out in another post that the City Clerk is elected and answerable to no one, so we need to pay more attention to that race as well, and maybe North Miami will get a better reputation of making access to public records easier. How about putting a form on the website like they do in other cities and making it easy and helpful for residents to get Public Records? This would be a good thing. If council members are reading, please do something about Honest, Open, Easy Transparency but updating website and helping residents easily know how to access and get access to public records. Thank you.


    1. Stephanie Kienzle says:

      I decided to not to critique Michael about his lack of proper grammar. After all, he never claimed that he’s an expert in English language skills, only “crime stats.” And he already has enough on his plate desperately trying to be the official NMPD Spin Doctor and making sure the Chief doesn’t step on his own, well, you know.

      I didn’t realize those two tasks were included in the City Clerk Job Description, did you?

      The problem with Michael Etienne is that he believes his own press.


  2. Public Records says:

    Ps How is the crime rate in North Miami the same as Aventura? Can someone explain? There have been two posts on this site with crime stats that place North Miami as the 20th least safe small city in the country and another that was not very positive. What does the Chief mean that we have the same crime rate as Aventura. I would love that to be true so maybe someone can post those stats and info – that would be the best news and I would love that to be the case. Thank you someone for explaining and posting those NM/Aventura stats, very happy to learn this!


    1. Stephanie Kienzle says:

      Stand by. The Chief will get back to you on that.

      Right after he grants me an interview.

      🙂 Thank U


  3. ELLEN says:

    It is preposterous for anybody to think that North Miami is as safe as Aventura. That is one of the most bizarre comments I have ever heard. North Miami desperately needs a new Chief of Police!!!!!

    It is time for the City Clerk to be appointed and NOT elected!


    1. Stephanie Kienzle says:

      Ellen, I agree with you that the City Clerk position should be an appointed one. That’s the only way for North Miami to have a professional certified clerk. As an elected official, the only requirement for this position is that one needs to be a registered voter and a resident of North Miami.

      Or a resident of Miramar.


      Just saying.


    2. Stephanie Kienzle says:

      And, yeah, the Chief has to go, too.

      Then again, who will coach the flag football team? Maybe that’s why Aleem hasn’t fired him yet!

      (I heard Nick Saban might be available.)


  4. Koolaid says:

    KoLaw hasn’t shown up yet with a comment? Looks like she dropped the ball or should I say the cheesecake.

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  5. Guest says:

    It’s said there are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics.


  6. Puhlease says:

    Seems like Chief Burgess is too busy playing golf, drinking on duty, and eating that exotic cheesecake (if you know what I mean) to be running the Police Department. The City Manager is surrounded by traitors and he doesn’t even know it. The longer this goes on , the longer the list of traitors becomes. North Miami is as safe as Aventura? Crime is down? Tell that to the 2 victims who were taken to the hospital by helicopter this morning after getting shot. Tell that to the residents of Center Court Apartments who have to walk by the shattered glass riddled with bullet holes when they come home. Or pass through the guard house where a security guard was shot in the head just the other day. Sounds just like Aventura to me. Where did Chief Burgess and Clerk Etienne go to college? Their grammar is horrible. These were letters to the City Manager, and the letters read as if my 8 year son wrote them.


    1. Stephanie Kienzle says:

      The Aventura cops are stepping over dead bodies from all the shootings in that city.

      Oh, wait.

      Sorry. Got my stats confused.

      Seriously, the APD cops are cracking up that Burgess compared NM’s crime stats to theirs. They wanna know what the Chief’s been smoking.


  7. RunninA3 says:

    The chief comes to our roll calls and tells us not to listen to the media. That he has a great reputation blah blah blah. We just look at him and smile and nod our heads because it’s the chief talking. But we all know the truth about him by now. He promises and doesn’t deliver. He flirts with all the female officers with borderline comments. He lies every chance he gets. And he only comes down to talk to us when he needs something from us. Morale is as bad as it gets. if anyone asks us how the chief is doing or how morale is doing we all say “great” because what else do you expect us to say. We don’t want to come off as complainers. We read this website and we see hope that maybe he’ll get replaced. He has us work all these dumb operations to supposedly combat crime but then were pressured to make bullshit meaningless arrests like suspended licenses so they can have numbers. Because if we don’t make the numbers, then we won’t get picked next time to work the detail and get the overtime. We feel like he doesn’t care about anyone but himself. We look at this website as our escape and it helps us get that were not alone about the chief. Most people feel the same way. I see the push for making Eugene the chief and I first I thought it was stupid. He’s not from here. He doesn’t know anyone and no one knows him. He has no friends here. Then it hit me. That’s exactly what this department needs. That’s why the administration fears him so much. He has no cliques. He can’t be manipulated. Eugene for chief!


    1. 091206 says:

      morale sucks I know. we gotta put up with this incompetent chief though. we have no choice. who else is gonna take over. ill put up with burgess just not to get juriga. I like how juriga gets red like a tomatoe around eugene. ill take the dumb jokes everyone pitty laughs at and the unproffessionl comments with sexual undertones if I have to from burgess. the creepy dude leaves us alone as long as we get the stats he wants. i just come to work and check in and then check out and mind my own. the 4 floor is all full of it anyway. i gotta say the cheesecake thing has me lost. but I pretty much agree with everyone else with everything else


  8. CityGuy says:

    Now who is crazy? A new chief will make the crime stats look like Aventura? Call me crazy, but I think you’ll have to change out more than the brass. The Chief is not responsible for the scum who prey on the city anymore than the mayor is responsible for the landlords of the derelict buildings. Burgess hasn’t been in power long enough to change the culture of the community, if it is even possible for one man to have that kind of impact. Morale would suck anywhere where the boss and workers are under constant assault. If he is making sexual innuendos, tape him. Hit the record button on your phone! Otherwise, it is simply gossip and character assassination.BTW, The cheerleader image is not funny, it is offensive


    1. Stephanie Kienzle says:

      Oh, you’re offended? Awesome!

      More to come…


    2. Koolaid says:

      Tape him? Oh really? Yeah let’s commit a crime and provide proof of it. Wtf! Youre a real genius. Recording someone without their knowledge is a crime, the tape is not only useless, because you can’t use something that’s wrongfully obtained, but you’d also have your tape used against you when they fire you for it.
      Go back to playing you Wii or whatever you were doing and quit talking out your ass.


    3. Stephanie Kienzle says:

      “The Chief is not responsible for the scum who prey on the city…”

      Yet, he’s more than willing to brag that under his watch “NMPD 2014 OVERALL crime total was the second lowest number since 1979.”

      He’s either responsible for crime rates or he isn’t. You can’t have it both ways. So which is it?

      On second thought, don’t worry your pretty little head about it. Go have a piece of cheesecake. My treat.


  9. notabell says:

    At the risk of extreme insult “Wtf! Youre a real genius” taping him is a good idea. I don’t believe it’s a crime if one of the people on the tape is in the conversation. Teachers get taped all the time without their consent and it ends up on the news, not in court.


  10. Guest says:

    Notabell is somewhere saying to herself: “I’m not an attorney but I play one on the internet”
    You may not(be)a bell but you’re certainly a ding dong. You better have some money tucked away there somewhere sweet cheeks because if you ever get in trouble you sure as shit better be able to afford an attorney. Your legal knowledge is nil. Your reference to teachers being taped has no substance. You fail to mention in what state, under what circumstances, and what type of taping took place as well as a half dozen other critical omissions. Run along now, and quit your trolling on this blog. There’s probably a copy of Criminal Law For Dummies available on Kindle for your spring break reading.


  11. CityGuy says:

    Funny how you all insult people like KoLaw and notabell and then rip them apart when they don’t agree. Neither one were rude or ignorant. What is with the attacks?


  12. […] things like weeding out “bad” cops, treating women with respect, being honest about the crime rate, or maintaining a professional Public Information […]


  13. […] Let’s see how long he can keep up the pretense that “the Crime Index Rating for NM is the same as Aventura.” […]


  14. […] besides, how can he possibly convince the Mayor and Council that crime stats are low with all those damn shootings every other […]


  15. […] When Chief Lenny was under fire for North Miami’s horrific crime rate, Michael stepped in to whip up some fudge and spin the stats. […]


  16. […] Take corruptocrat Police Chief Leonard Burgess, for example.  He allowed a rogue cop and a deranged dispatcher to keep their jobs, while claiming that North Miami’s horrific crime rate is “the same as the City of Aventura.” […]


  17. […] Apparently, the victims were never advised that the Crime Index for North Miami “is the same as the City of Aventura.” […]


  18. Carlos says:

    I dont give north miami busisnes because is full thugs walking all over. We have to create very proactive police like juliani did and take everybody that commits crime to jail!I dont get it why in some areas, drinking in public is not a crime, loitering is not a crime, ridind dirt bike is not a crime, panhandling is not a crime,why ? I love aventura ! I give them my money , so far is a great place to be around !sunny isles is beautiful too !hope stays that way !


  19. […] Less than a month after Operation Safe Streets, real guns were also used in two separate shootings by criminals who weren’t aware that North Miami’s streets are as safe as Aventura’s! […]


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  21. […] the self-appointed Head Cheerleader for Team Burgess, Michael showed his inherent ignorance by swearing “that North Miami is far safety [sic] today […]


  22. […] mentioned in an earlier blog, Chief Burgess had enlisted Arthur Sorey’s support of his “North Miami is Aventura” crime stat […]


  23. […] Lenny’s inexplicable decision to retain a serial predator cop, his fudging of crime stats, his quashing news of violent crimes from the public, his department’s mishandling of police […]


  24. […] also not forget Chief Lenny’s penchant for playing semantics with crime stats and playing flag […]


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  26. […] don’t forget Chief Lenny’s fudging of crime stats, failure to alert the public about dangerous suspects on the loose, and refusal to issue press […]


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