Chief Russell Fischer was employed by the Miami-Dade Police Department (MDPD) for 33 years. He joined the MDPD in 1975 and was promoted through all the civil service ranks, holding the rank of Division Chief upon his retirement. He has diverse experience in police management, investigations and operations to include command assignments in the Robbery Bureau, Northwest District and City of Miami Lakes as well as having served as the Police Captain of the Professional Compliance Bureau, Narcotics Bureau and Economic Crimes Bureau.
Appointed to Division Chief in 2004, Chief Fischer’s responsibilities included commanding employees assigned to Miami International Airport , Police Operations Bureau ( Port of Miami and Transit), Community Affairs Bureau, Warrants Bureau, Court Services Bureau and Special Patrol Bureau. Thereafter, Chief Fischer commanded Criminal Investigations, responsible for all Departmental investigations that involve Homicide (Officer Involved Shootings and In Custody deaths), Robbery, Sex Crimes and Domestic Crimes Bureaus. Chief Fischer until recently served as the Incident Commander for Super Bowl XLI and was the Department's Hurricane Coordinator.
He holds a Master of Science Degree in Management and a Master of Public Administration Degree from the University of Miami . Chief Fischer is also a graduate of the FBI National Academy . He has authored articles for the FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin (LEB) and the Police Chief Magazine (IACP), and has provided instruction in a variety of topical areas for the International Association of Chiefs of Police. He also instructs at the Metropolitan Police Institute in Miami , Miami-Dade College and for HomicideTraining.com .
Chief Fischer has served as a contractor / consultant for the U. S. Department of Justice as it relates to violent crimes in Columbia and as a peer reviewer for the DOJ's National Institute of Justice. He has also served as an expert witness as to internal affairs and homicide investigation procedures in recent cases involving Federal civil rights violations.
Chief Fischer teaches Conducting Police Officer Involved Shooting Investigations for HomicideTraining.com.