Larry Juriga was born in the City of North Miami and raised in South Florida.
Larry earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Barry University, where he competed as a scholar-athlete in basketball and, more importantly, met his wife. He began working with the City of North Miami in 1986 for the Parks and Recreation Department. Larry joined the Police Department in 1994, and had the opportunity to work in the Uniform Patrol Section as an officer on the street. He was transferred into the General Investigations Unit in 1997, where he handled major criminal cases as a detective. During the fall of 1998, Larry joined the S.W.A.T. Team. In 1999, Larry was promoted to the rank of Sergeant. At that time, he was charged with supervising personnel in the Uniform Patrol Section, and later, in the Investigative Section. He was also the Department’s Honor Guard Coordinator.
Larry was appointed to the position of Major in 2003. During his time as a Major, he had the opportunity to oversee the Investigative Section and the Uniform Patrol Section, as well as Internal Affairs. In 2008, Larry’s Civil Service ranking was elevated to the rank of Lieutenant (not affecting his appointment as Major). Then in 2009, he attended and graduated from the prestigious FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia. Later that same year, Larry completed his Masters Degree in Public Administration at Florida International University.
Assistant Chief Juriga is the Department’s Fitness Coordinator and oversees the Physical Fitness Program. In addition, he is a member of the Miami-Dade County Association of Chiefs of Police and the FBI National Academy Associates.