The North Miami Police Department’s “Officers of the Month” for August 2012 are Officer Michaele Chery and Officer James Stuart, who are currently assigned to the Community Service Section as School Resource Officers and are officers in the North Miami Police Athletic League. They were nominated by Sergeant David Rosen for their initiative and dedication.
Within the past six month period, both Officer Chery and Officer Stuart have taken their own initiative to improve and enhance the Department’s Police Athletic League (PAL) and Police Explorer post. They have shown true dedication and have spent countless hours to ensure that these programs are a success and represent the Department in a positive manner.
These Officers have served as role models, coaches, teachers and mentors. They continually guide the youth they work with in a professional and productive manner. One of the Police Explorers, within the program, recently won the City of North Miami Police Department’s “Fallen Heroes” Scholarship, with an essay written for the three fallen North Miami Officers. This young man has continued his dream of becoming a Police Officer by using the scholarship to enter the Police Academy.
Officers Chery and Stuart also successfully created and established the first annual PAL charity golf tournament. This tournament took place in May of this year and raised $14,675.00 for PAL. They have also implemented a PAL summer camp. This summer camp, which had 20 campers and included both academic and physical programs, was a tremendous success. Coupled with these programs, they have been instrumental in creating a summer intern and part time employee program. Included in this program are grant writers who have successfully secured thousands of dollars in grants, which help to sustain the North Miami PAL.
During the summer PAL programs, these officers have dedicated their time and taken away from their personal life and families to help the youth they work with so that they can grow and become successful students and leaders.
Officer Michele Chery and Officer James Stuart were chosen as Officers of the Month for August 2012 and will be honored at the Greater North Miami Chamber of Commerce luncheon, held monthly at the Miami Shores Country Club on Wednesday, September 26, 2012 at 12:00 Noon.