The Miami-Dade Police Department Hispanic Police Officers Association, Inc. (HPOA), provides certain limited benefits to HPOA members who require legal assistance. The HPOA is not the Collective Bargaining Unit for MDPD employees or HPOA members and therefore, cannot and will not represent members who wish to challenge disciplinary actions or administrative issues, file a grievance, complain about working conditions or contest any other matters related to employment, collective bargaining or issues involving the work place. The purpose of the HPOA is fraternal, social and charitable. The legal benefits that are presently provided as a service to members are outlined below:
If an HPOA member is a subject officer in a police shooting, whether contact or non- contact, the HPOA, upon request, will provide an HPOA approved attorney to respond and represent the officer up to and including attendance at an inquest. The cap on legal fees authorized by the HPOA are $7,500 for a fatal shooting and $3,000 for a non-fatal shooting.