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Miami-Dade County Off Duty Police (MDPD)
Apply for a film/photo permit at FilMiami.org
◊ Any film permit that requires police must be requested at least 72 hours
prior to the filming date.
◊ More complex projects require more lead time
◊ Miami-Dade County police requires a 48-hour minimum between the time
the police officer(s) are paid and the time the police are needed.
◊ To request Miami-Dade Off-duty police, complete a film permit request and
select “Miami-Dade County Off Duty Police” as the location.
◊ If you are hiring only Off-Duty MDPD and do not require a film permit
otherwise, a film permit request for “Miami-Dade County Off Duty Police”
(entered in the permitting system under - location name) – is required.
◊ To verify if a project requires police, contact the Filmiami for clarification.
New cancellation policy:
"A permit holder may relinquish their permit on or before forty-eight (48) hours or two (2) business day from the starting time/day of service. Notification must be received by the Miami-Dade Police Department, Off-Duty Police Unit in writing via e-mail or letter forty-eight (48) hours or two (2) business day in advance. However, upon cancellation, the permit holder will be responsible to pay fifty percent (50%) of the assigned shift and/or requested hours, or three hours, whichever is greater unless the assigning element or FAB is notified in writing a minimum of forty eight hours or two business days (excluding weekends and holidays) prior to the specified starting time. The assigned shift will be the hours requested for that twenty-four-hour period per officer. Permits requiring more than ten employees require an additional 15 minutes per additional employee over ten for cancellation notification."
Situations that always require MDPD include but are not limited to:
◊ Use of faux weapons
◊ Crime scenes, actors in police uniforms
◊ Most music videos
◊ Celebrities on set
◊ Driving shots
◊ Intermittent traffic control (ITC)
◊ Rolling roadblocks
◊ Use of drones
◊ Any moving vehicle used on set
◊ Large production footprints
◊ Crowd control
◊ Security inside a park before or after park hours
◊ Miami International Airport
◊ General Aviation Airports
◊ Intermittent pedestrian control
◊ Current police officer rates are $70.25 per hour with a three-hour
minimum. Click here for Police rates. Rates generally increase
◊ Some municipalities have their own police force. Such as City of
Miami, Doral, and Miami Beach.
◊ For Miami-Dade Police on camera, production must first agree to a
strict set of terms and conditions and a proposal about your
project, including full script must be submitted for considerstion.
◊ No changes to the Police Terms & Conditions will be accepted.
◊ Additional fees and restrictions apply.
◊ All Miami-Dade Police requests are coordinated through FilMiami.
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