George Perera, Chief, Miami-Dade Police Department
Captain George Perera is the Commander of the Miami-Dade Police Department’s Strategic Innovation and High Technology Crimes Section as well as the South Florida Cyber Crime Task Force, which has the primary responsibility of investigating all facets of technology related crimes as well as all other operational technology for the department. Additionally, he performs special projects of departmental interest and serves as the departmental research body to assist in recommending and establishing new and innovative ideas as well as best practices. A sworn member of the department for over 30 years, he has worked everything from Patrol to Major Crime Investigations, from Administration to Technology. Perera has been a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police Communications and Technology Committee and the Law Enforcement Information Technology Board (LEIT), SAFECOM, and the Inter-Agency Board (IAB) since 2005. He is the incoming chair of the LEIT Board and chairs both the IACP and SAFECOM Cybersecurity working groups. He is also a Department of Justice, National Institute of Justice, Technology Grant Evaluator. For the Department of Homeland Security, he is a nationally recognized subject matter expert and a member of multiple Cyber Security Working Groups. He is frequently called upon by the DHS as well as the IACP to participate in policy related forums as well as speaking engagements. Perera is a NENA Emergency Number Professional (ENP) since 2005; has earned a Bachelor of Science from Florida International University, a Master’s degree in Public Administration at Lynn University, and a Master’s degree in Security Studies at the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School. He is also an adjunct faculty member at Florida International University where he teaches courses in digital crimes and Acting Director of the Cybersecurity Masters program as well as professor at St. Thomas University School of Law where he teaches courses in cyber security.