Assistant Chief Neal Cuevas is a 42 year veteran of the NMPD. He was the first Hispanic Officer, Sergeant, Lieutenant, Major and now Assistant Police Chief. He has earned over 100 certifications in various fields of law enforcement and 64 commendations for professionalism, outstanding service and leadership.
Assistant Chief Cuevas completed several areas of specialized studies, including the Southern Police Institute at the University of Louisville, and the FBI’s Florida Executive Development in Sarasota, FL. He completed several areas of higher education, including training in Command Officers Development, Physical Fitness at the Cooper Institute for Aerobics Research in Dallas, and a degree in Criminology from Miami-Dade College.
During his career, he was also a Narcotics Detective charged with investigating local, state, national and international drug rings. He received a nomination for Officer of the Month for posing as an international Columbian drug dealer. For this dangerous operation, he also received a commendation and recognition from NMPD and by the U.S. Department of Justice, DEA.
For twenty years, he was the SWAT Team Leader/Ass’t Commander, planning and participating in over 180 high risk missions, and the training of new SWAT personnel.
He has supervised most units within NMPD, including the HR/Career Development Unit, recruiting and training of new hires. He was the supervisor of the Uniform Patrol Section, Community Services Sections, including COPS Unit, SRO, PAL, Traffic and Marine Patrol, among others.
As a Major, he assumed responsibility for the Administrative Sections, including Quartermaster, Information Technology, Records, Fleet, Emergency Management System and Public Records Requests. He served as the department’s Emergency Operations Manager from 2007 to 2015.
During his tenure with the NMPD, he served as the NM Police Union Representative. He is currently the Chair of the General Employees’ Pension Trust, a position he has held since 2004, and a member of the NMPD’s Review Committee. From 1992 to 2015, he represented the NMPD as its PIO and was recognized by local, national and international media outlets for his expertise, distinction and professionalism.
Assistant Chief Cuevas was most honored to receive a commendation from E. Wilson Purdy, Director of the Miami Dade County Public Safety Department for preventing the planned murder of a Metro Dade County Police Officer.
One of Assistant Chief Neal Cuevas’ greatest accomplishments was the distinct honor and privilege of his being the only officer in the history of the city to receive the North Miami Police Department’s highest award, the Medal of Honor.