Robert currently supervises the operations of the Community Service Section which includes the Community Orientated Policing (COPS) Unit, School Resource Officers (SRO), Police Athletic League (PAL), Code Compliance Unit, Sanitation Unit, Minimum Housing Unit, Citizen Mobile Patrol (CMP) and the Chaplin Program. He was born and raised in North Miami and maintains a commitment to community service and citizens of North Miami. He is most fulfilled when helping North Miami grow in a positive direction. His vision of a safer stronger community and ability to nurture relationships has led to long-term solutions and many success in the community. Robert is dedicated to his home town and has a strong work ethic which he employs continuously to improve the operations of the City. He has cultivated a close working relationship with members of other departments and functions as a liaison between. Robert sits on the Site Review Committee (SRC) which examines all commercial development projects and works hand in hand with the Community Planning and Development Department (CPD) on issues affecting the general welfare of the City. He is often sought out for his expertise in the areas of policing and local governmental issues.
Robert began his career as a road patrol officer and was quickly transferred to the Human Resource and Career Development Unit to aid in the hiring and training of new officers when the department’s staffing levels were critically low. Once the department was sufficiently staffed, he was transferred to the newly formed Community Oriented Policing Section (COPS) due to his hard work ethic and commitment to community service. Robert dedicated his efforts to molding the newly established unit by assisting in the formation of the North Miami Citizen Mobile Patrol, a civilian police volunteer program, (CMP) and as part of the CMP program he started the first civilian volunteer parking enforcement specialist program. Through his community outreach he developed an affinity for working with the public and he embraced the core values of integrity, innovation, and community empowerment through Community Policing. He worked at a grass roots level to build a sense of community between the police and citizens by developing several “quality of life” improvement programs.
In 2003, he was promoted to the rank of Sergeant after receiving the top score in the examination process. He was assigned to Uniform Patrol Section and then transferred to be the supervisor of Traffic Safety and Marine Patrol Units. Under his supervision North Miami’s Traffic and Marine Units became one of the elite units in Florida in their respective fields. One major accomplishment was the increase in the department’s DUI enforcement which increased each year by over 100% and traffic crashes decreased each year. The Traffic Unit has since been recognized by MADD as one of the top performing departments in Miami-Dade County and is one of the leading traffic units in the State of Florida. In addition, he completed traffic reconstruction courses from both the Institute of Police Technology and Management (IPTM) and North Western University. He readily shares the knowledge he has acquired and has enhanced the use of technology in the Traffic Homicide Unit. The Marine Patrol has also been recognized by the Florida Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) for its work with enforcing environmental resource regulations and the Federal Law Enforcement Agencies for its interdiction work.
In 2009, he was promoted to Lieutenant after once again receiving the top score in the examination process; he returned to the Uniform Patrol Section and served as the Midnight Shift Commander. He brought his community orientated style with an emphasis to accountability to the shift. In 2010, he was appointed to the rank of Major and transferred to the Community Policing Section where he was responsible for the COPS unit, School Resource Officers (SRO), Police Athletic League (PAL), Traffic Safety Unit and Marine Patrol Units as well as the department’s three volunteer units: the Police Chaplains, the Citizen Mobile Patrol and the Police Junior Cadet. In addition, he played a critical role in the merger of the Code Compliance Unit into the Police Department and assumed command of the Code Compliance Unit (Code Enforcement) when it was transitioned. This task required him to learn the technical skills required to manage the Code Compliance Unit and adapt the Code Officers into the Police Structure. He developed and updated policy and procedures to form a comprehensive set of policies and procedures for the Code Compliance Unit.
Once the merger was complete and Code Compliance was operating efficiently, Robert was transferred to the Investigative Section, as the section major. He was responsible for managing all criminal and vice investigations in the City. He was also responsible for producing and presenting weekly and monthly crime trend reports. He constantly sought out new technology and ways to better track and report crime trends. His drive and untiring commitment to community issues brought him back to the Community Policing Services Section in 2014. Robert coordinated the merger of the Sanitation and Minimum Housing Units into the Code Compliance Unit of the Police Department which increased the efficiency and effectiveness of all the units. He accomplished this goal by creating an atmosphere of accountability and focusing on customer service.
Throughout his career he has sought new ways to interact with the community in order to broaden communications with the citizens of North Miami. He has worked towards that cause and established the Department’s first Face Book page and created an informative monthly news letter. Robert has also sought out ways to embrace technology and integrate into the police culture without losing the human touch.
In addition, Robert was a member of the police Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) unit. He is also a member of both the Miami-Dade and Florida Chiefs of Police Association. He is the Vice President of the Kiwanis Club of Miami Shores and North Miami, a member of the 5000 Role Models of Excellence program, and a participant in the Community in Schools mentoring program. Major Bage is the elected Chairman of the North Miami Police Pension Board, which he has served on for over ten years. Robert is a US Navy veteran and worked for the United States Border Patrol prior to joining the North Miami Police Department. He holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Barry University, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology, with a minor in Criminal Justice, from Florida International University. He is also graduate of the 248th FBI National Academy and has attended several police executive courses.