J.D. Patterson Jr., one of six candidates for the job as the countyâ€™s most senior cop, has been the departmentâ€™s acting head since November.
â€śHis appointment shows that we are in the right direction, or right path, to further diversity,â€ť said Miami-Dade police sergeant James Dixon.
The 52-year-old Patterson, a 28-year-veteran of the department, will lead the 8th largest police department in the United States.
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