March 2016

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May your pockets be heavy and your heart be light,
May good luck pursue you each morning and night.
~Irish Blessing

The POAT Cup Soccer Tournament scheduled for February 27, 2016, has been postponed. We will keep you posted of the new date and time.

The World Golf Championship at Doral will be held from March 3-6, 2016. The PGA is providing two fundraising opportunities for POAT in which you can help in fulfilling our obligation to receive the donations.

  1. We need approximately 50 volunteers to assist in enforcing the PGA’s Mobile Device Policy.  Shifts vary from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.  Each volunteer will receive a polo shirt, hat and two tickets to the tournament.  In return, the PGA will donate $10,000 to POAT.  This is the sixth year POAT has participated in the fundraiser. Each volunteer will receive two tickets to golf tournament, a hat and a polo shirt.  Please help us by contacting Lt. Thamy Gonzalez 305-216-6605 or  to sign up.
Come join us for the Walk to Cure Diabetes on Saturday, April 09, 2016.  The walk starts at 8:30 a.m., with registration beginning at 7:00 a.m., at Zoo Miami.  This is a fun family day at the zoo while supporting a good cause. All of the officers and/or their family members who are affected by diabetes are grateful and humbled by the momentum this event has gained over the years and the overwhelming response from the law enforcement community.  POAT has raised $745,093 for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) since we began participating in 2003.  To register to walk for the POAT Team, log onto; navigate to the Miami Walk and complete the registration, designating POAT as your team when that specific field appears.  Remember, this is a fundraiser which requires everyone who walks to raise money for JDRF to help fund research worldwide.  We look forward to your participation and support for the POAT Walk Team. If you have any questions, please contact the POAT office at (305) 594-6662.

The Board of Directors of the Police Officer Assistance Trust is proud to offer six scholarships this year.  Each one is named in honor of a Miami-Dade Police Officer who dutifully served his or her community. These $1000 scholarships are available to the son or daughter of any full-time law enforcement officer employed by any agency in Miami-Dade County.

Paul Janosky Art and Criminal Justice Scholarships (two separate scholarships)
Mike Byrd Crime Scene Investigation Scholarship
Christopher W. Todd Police Science Scholarship
Roger Castillo Perseverance Scholarship
Amanda Haworth Perseverance Scholarship
One recipient for each scholarship will be selected and will receive a $1000.00 check to use towards his or her college expenses.  All applications must be received by May 1, 2016.  Please visit our website at for specific guidelines and requirements.
For further information, you may also contact the POAT office at 305-594-6662 or

The Motorcycle Ride to benefit POAT’s Holiday Gifts for Surviving Children will be held on Sunday, May 1, 2016, at 9:00 a.m.  The ride begins at the Miami-Dade Police Department Headquarters Building, 9105 NW 25 Street. Registration for the event is $20 per  bike.  A commemorative t-shirt will be given to each registered rider (while supplies last).  Please contact Rudy Gonzalez at or the POAT office for details.

The Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Ceremony will be held at Tropical Park starting at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 5, 2016.  All officers who have died in the line of duty dating back to 1895 are honored at this  ceremony.  It is our duty to remember the officers who have died protecting and serving the citizens of Miami-Dade County.  If you have never been to this ceremony, you owe it to yourself to attend.

Thanks for your support and stay safe!
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