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Cops Ride for Kids December 12, 2020

To pre-register, click “Add to Cart” below. The registration fee is $20.00 per bike, not per person. Please be advised, although we make every effort to secure your commemorative item, we can not guarantee you one due to supplies being limited. By Pre-registering online, you agree to the following: I agree that the sponsor of this motorcycle event, Police Officer Assistance Trust (POAT) and it’s respective officers, directors, employees and agents (hereinafter, the “Released Parties”) shall not be liable or responsible for injury to me or damage to my property during this POAT event resulting from acts or omissions by the “Released Parties”, even where the damage or injury is due to negligence. I acknowledge that I am participating in this event voluntarily and that I understand the inherent dangers of participating in such a motorcycle event and assume those risks. I release and hold harmless the “Released Parties” from any injury or loss to my person or property which may result from my participation in this POAT motorcycle event. I understand that I agree not to sue the “Released Parties” for any injury or resulting damage to myself or my property arising from, or in connection with, the performance of the “Released Parties” in the sponsoring, planning or conducting of said event. WAIVER OF RIGHTS UNDER STATE STATUTES I further agree to waive all benefits flowing from any state statute which would negate or limit the scope of this Release and Indemnification Agreement. By registering online for this ride, I certify that I have read this Release and fully understand it and that I am not relying upon any statements or representations made by the “Released Parties”.





By : P.O.A.T. /October 04, 2020 /Events /Comments Off on Cops Ride for Kids December 12, 2020 Read More

September 2020


As we continue to navigate through the COVID-19 pandemic and after taking into consideration the state of our county, it was decided that a short version of the 9-11 Ceremony will be posted on the POAT website on Friday, September 11, 2020

This annual ceremony is to remember and honor our country’s heroes who were killed in the line of duty responding to the attack on our nation.  It is important that we never forget all the heroes that perished that tragic day. 

We would like to thank Barbeque 58, located directly across the street from Miami-Dade Police Department Headquarters, for selecting the Police Officer Assistance Trust (POAT) as their charity of choice for their soft-opening event held August 5-7, 2020.  

Please save the date. Circumstances permitting, the next POAT Cops Ride for Kids will take place on Saturday, December 12, 2020. More details to come as we get closer

By : P.O.A.T. /September 07, 2020 /Newsletter /Comments Off on September 2020 Read More

April 2020

It is with great sadness to announce that our Annual Miami-Dade Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Ceremony, scheduled for May 7, 2020, has been canceled. The decision was difficult, however the health and safety of our survivors, law enforcement officers and their families is most important. We are thinking of different alternatives to honor our fallen Officers. We will keep you posted with any changes

The Annual Remember our Fallen Heroes Memorial Golf Outingwill be postponed to a later date. We are working with Indian Creek in order to determine a future date for the golf outing.  Once a date is determined, we will send out and post the information.   

The Board of Directors of the Police Officer Assistance Trust is proud to offer seven scholarships this year. The following $2000 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 Law Related Majors Scholarship (also available to officers)

Roger Castillo Perseverance Scholarship

Amanda Haworth Perseverance Scholarship

Chuck Duncan Determination Scholarship

One recipient for each scholarship will be selected and will receive a $2000.00 check to use towards his or her college expenses.  All applications must be received by May 1, 2020.  Please visit our website at www.poat.org for specific guidelines and requirements.

For further information, please contact the POAT office at 305-594-6662 or poatoffice@msn.com.

By : P.O.A.T. /April 01, 2020 /Newsletter /Comments Off on April 2020 Read More

Miami-Dade Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Ceremony

It is with great sadness to announce that our Annual Miami-Dade Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Ceremony, scheduled for May 7, 2020, has been canceled. The decision was difficult, however the health and safety of our survivors, law enforcement officers and their families is most important. We are thinking of different alternatives to honor our fallen Officers. We will keep you posted with any changes.

By : P.O.A.T. /March 25, 2020 /Events, Uncategorized /Comments Off on Miami-Dade Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Ceremony Read More

March 2020

Our first Kids and Heroes Fun Walk/Run was a great success. Thank you to Bomnin Chevrolet for your generosity. 

JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes has been postponed until futher notice.

Save the Date for our Annual Remembering Our Fallen Heroes Memorial Golf Outing, will be held at the exclusive Indian Creek Country Club on April 22, 2020. Golfers throughout South Florida will be teeing up for a chance to assist Miami-Dade County fallen officers’ families. Come help support your law enforcement community as you enjoy an extraordinary day of golf at this exceptional and restricted venue. Please contact Annette McCully at 305-970-2776 for futher information.

The Board of Directors of the Police Officer Assistance Trust is proud to offer seven scholarships this year. The following $2000 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 Law Related Majors Scholarship (also available to officers)

Roger Castillo Perseverance Scholarship

Amanda Haworth Perseverance Scholarship

Chuck Duncan Determination Scholarship

One recipient for each scholarship will be selected and will receive a $2000.00 check to use towards his or her college expenses.  All applications must be received by May 1, 2020.  Please visit our website at www.poat.org for specific guidelines and requirements.

For further information, please contact the POAT office at 305-594-6662 or poatoffice@msn.com.

Thanks for your support and stay safe.

By : P.O.A.T. /March 02, 2020 /Newsletter, Uncategorized /Comments Off on March 2020 Read More

February 2020

The Homerun for Heroes Kickball Tournament Was a huge success thanks to all of those who volunteered their time. Great times were had by all and memories made. Thank you for a wonderful turnout and for all the support. The next tournament will be held January 15-16, 2021. The final standings for 2020 were:

1st   Straight Kickin’ it – Miami Police Department (three years in a row)

2nd   Midwest Malangas – Miami-Dade Police Department (Midwest District)

3rd  Big Ballerz – Doral Police Department  

Join more than 1,000 runners and walkers for the Kids and Heroes Fun Walk/Run on Saturday, February 29, 2020, at the beautiful Tropical Park, hosted by Bomnin Chevrolet.  Proceeds benefit the Police Officer Assistance Trust (POAT).  Come out and join us for this fun-filled family day.  Runners and walkers of all levels are welcome to participate. Online registration is now available at poatoffice@msn.com

Come join us for the Walk to Cure Diabetes on Saturday, March 14, 2020.  The walk starts at 9:00 a.m., with registration beginning at 7:30 a.m., at Tropical Park  To register to walk for the POAT Team, log onto www.JDRF.org; 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 seven scholarships this year. The following $2000 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 Law Related Majors Scholarship (also available to officers)

Roger Castillo Perseverance Scholarship

Amanda Haworth Perseverance Scholarship

Chuck Duncan Determination Scholarship

One recipient for each scholarship will be selected and will receive a $2000.00 check to use towards his or her college expenses.  All applications must be received by May 1, 2020.  Please visit our website at www.poat.org for specific guidelines and requirements.

For further information, please contact the POAT office at 305-594-6662 or poatoffice@msn.com.

Thanks for your support and stay safe.

By : P.O.A.T. /February 01, 2020 /Newsletter, Uncategorized /Comments Off on February 2020 Read More

January 2020

The Staff and Board of Directors of the POAT would like to wish everyone a Happy and Healthy New Year!

The Homeruns for Heroes Sixth Annual Kickball Tournament will be held at Kendall Indian Hammocks Park on January 18-19, 2020. The park is located at 11395 SW 79 Street. Come out and support your favorite team during some friendly competition.  There will be food and beverages sold.  Opening ceremonies and games commence on Friday at 6 p.m.  Continuing games will start Saturday at 9 a.m.  A great time to be had by all!

Join more than 1,000 runners and walkers for the Kids and Heroes Fun Walk/Run on Saturday, February 29, 2020, at the beautiful Tropical Park, hosted by Bomnin Chevrolet.  Proceeds benefit the Police Officer Assistance Trust (POAT).  Come out and join us for this fun-filled family day.  Runners and walkers of all levels are welcome to participate.

Come join us for the Walk to Cure Diabetes on Saturday, March 14, 2020.  The walk starts at 9:00 a.m., with registration beginning at 7:30 a.m., at Tropical Park  To register to walk for the POAT Team, log onto www.JDRF.org; 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.

We would like to thank everyone who took time out of their busy schedule to work one of the donation tables at the malls this holiday season.  The joy our efforts bring to the children of our fallen brothers and sisters is huge, and all of the volunteers who helped raise funds for this meaningful program should take great pride in a job well done.  On behalf of all of the surviving children, “Thank You!”

Thanks for your support and stay safe.

By : P.O.A.T. /January 02, 2020 /Newsletter, Uncategorized /Comments Off on January 2020 Read More

December 2019

The Cops Ride for Kids Motorcycle Ride to benefit POAT’s Holiday Gifts for Surviving Children 2019 was a huge success.  Thank you to everyone who participated in the ride and the coordinators who put this together. Mark your calendar – Next year’s ride is scheduled for December 5, 2020.

Our annual Holiday Gifts for Surviving Children fundraising efforts began on Friday, November 29, 2019. POAT volunteers staff tables set-up at Aventura Mall, Dadeland Mall, The Falls Shopping Center, and International Mall.  The coordinators are:

Aventura Mall – Ms. Sandra Block 305-792-1839 or sblock@sibfl.net; Sergeant Brian Schnell 305-947-4440 or 954-299-9601 or email bschnell@sibfl.net

Dadeland Mall – Sergeant Orlando Reyes 786-873-9000 or email olreyes@mdpd.com

The Falls – PBA Vice-President David Greenwell 305-877-9955 or email greenwell@dcpba.org

International Mall – Captain Nancy Fernandez 786-488-1745 or email nancy.fernandez@doralpd.com

This is the only time of year when POAT is in a public setting explaining what POAT is about. This year, we will purchase gifts for 58 surviving children.  A large contingent of volunteers is needed every year to fill all of the vacancies at the various malls. Please do your part by targeting a mall where you would like to assist and contact the coordinator. The tables will be set-up through December 24, 2019.

The Homeruns for Heroes Sixth Annual Kickball Tournament will be held at Kendall Indian Hammocks Park on January 18-19, 2020. The park is located at 11395 SW 79 Street. Come out and support your favorite team during some friendly competition.  There will be food and beverages sold.  Opening ceremonies and games commence on Friday at 6 p.m.  Continuing games will start Saturday at 9 a.m.  A great time to be had by all!

Join more than 1,000 runners and walkers for the Kids and Heroes Fun Walk/Run on Saturday, February 29, 2020, at the beautiful Tropical Park, hosted by Bomnin Chevrolet.  Proceeds benefit the Police Officer Assistance Trust (POAT).  Come out and join us for this fun-filled family day.  Runners and walkers of all levels are welcome to participate.

Come join us for the Walk to Cure Diabetes on Saturday, March 14, 2020.  The walk starts at 9:00 a.m., with registration beginning at 7:30 a.m., at Tropical Park  To register to walk for the POAT Team, log onto www.JDRF.org; 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.

Thanks for your support and stay safe.

By : P.O.A.T. /December 09, 2019 /Newsletter /Comments Off on December 2019 Read More

October 2019

On Wednesday, September 11, 2019, the 9/11 Ceremony was held at the Law Enforcement Memorial site in Tropical Park. This ceremony was in conjunction with Miami-Dade Fire Rescue. The ceremony was well attended and a tribute to all of the heroes that perished on September 11, 2001. Thank you to everyone who participated in the planning and implementation of the beautiful ceremony.

Our annual Holiday Gifts for Surviving Children fundraising efforts begin on Friday, November 29, 2019. POAT volunteers staff tables set-up at Aventura Mall, Dadeland Mall, The Falls Shopping Center, and International Mall.  The coordinators are:
 
Aventura Mall – Ms. Sandra Block 305-792-1839 or sblock@sibfl.net; Sergeant Brian Schnell 305-947-4440 or 954-299-9601 or email bschnell@sibfl.net
 
Dadeland Mall – Sergeant Orlando Reyes 786-873-9000 or email olreyes@mdpd.com
 
The Falls – Mr. David Greenwell 305-877-9955 or email greenwell@dcpba.org
 
International Mall – Captain Nancy Fernandez 786-488-1745 or email nancy.fernandez@doralpd.com
 
This is the only time of year when POAT is in a public setting explaining what POAT is about. This year, we will purchase gifts for 58 surviving children.  A large contingent of volunteers is needed every year to fill all of the vacancies at the various malls. Please do your part by targeting a mall where you would like to assist and contact the coordinator. The tables open on Black Friday, November 29, 2019, and will be set-up through December 24, 2019.

The “Cops Ride for Kids” Motorcycle Ride to benefit POAT’s Holiday Gifts for Surviving Children will be held on Saturday, December 7, 2019, at 9:00 a.m.  The ride will begin at the Miami-Dade Police Department Headquarters Building, 9105 NW 25 Street.  Registration for the event is $20 per bike.  Online registration will be available at www.poat.org.  Please contact Rudy Gonzalez at poatoffice@msn.com.com for details.

Seventh Annual “Homerun for Heroes” Kickball Tournament will be held at Kendall Indian Hammocks Park on January 17-18, 2020. The park is located at 11395 SW 79th Street. . If interested in forming a team, contact Captain Thamy Gonzalez at 305-216-6605 or email u302132@mdpd.com. Team Registration Fee is $320, team t-shirts are included. Deadline for team registration is December 2, 2019.


When doing your holiday shopping online at Amazon, you can have a percentage of the purchase amount donated to POAT by shopping at www.smile.amazon.com and registering Police Officer Assistance Trust as your charity of choice; then continue to shop on www.smile.amazon.com.  Every little bit helps!  Sign-up today.

If anyone is interested in assisting during the course of the year in the maintenance of the Law Enforcement Memorial grounds, please contact the POAT office at 305-594-6662 or www.poatoffice@msn.com to be placed on a rotational contact list. Your participation is greatly appreciated. 

Thanks for your support and stay safe.

By : P.O.A.T. /October 01, 2019 /Uncategorized /Comments Off on October 2019 Read More