Assistant Chief Larry Juriga was born in the City of North Miami and raised in South Florida.
Larry attended Barry University where he earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice and competed as a scholar-athlete in basketball. 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 worked on all the shifts 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 became a member of the S.W.A.T. Team. In 1999, he 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. During his time as a sergeant, he was also the Department’s Honor Guard Coordinator.
In 2003, Larry was appointed to the position of Major. 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 Master’s Degree in Public Administration at Florida International University. He was appointed to Assistant Chief in 2010.
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, the FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Association and the International Association of Chiefs of Police.