LET taps new National Spokeswoman – Sergeant Miller – to fight back against “mandates” and police-defunding

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Badass: noun.  Someone or something that you admire or find impressive.”

Typically, someone known as a “badass” has a strong character, a no-nonsense attitude, and backs down from no one.

Badasses are often given that moniker out of respect and admiration, for the stands they take, the strength they show, and the skills they have.

As our former National Spokesman Kyle Reyes assumes the mantle of Executive Director of Law Enforcement Today, who but a total and complete badass could fill his shoes?

Enter Police Sergeant Carla Miller, a 22-year veteran of law enforcement.

Law Enforcement Today welcomes Sergeant Miller as our new National Spokeswoman, and we look forward to collaborating with her to share our support for our brothers and sisters in blue.

LET taps new National Spokeswoman - Sergeant Miller - to fight back against "mandates" and police-defunding
Sergeant Carla Miller

Miller’s life history is one replete with challenge after challenge, which she met head-on with the strength and determination of one who is not only willing to face extraordinary circumstances, but to leave them in the dust.

In short, she is a badass.

But don’t just take this writer’s word for it.  Her story speaks for itself.

Miller, a Florida native, was only 5 weeks old when her father, a police officer, was shot and killed in the line of duty.

Miller was raised by her mother, who was also a police officer, and she watched as her mother forged paths for female officers as she moved through the ranks.  Miller’s mother ultimately became Chief of Police for the North Miami Beach Police Department.

Still, even though the blood in her veins ran blue, Miller was initially uncertain of her career aspirations, until one police ride-along at age 16 cemented her plans.

She told me:

“I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do.

“My mother said, go do a ride-along with one of my officers.

“I said okay – and it was at that moment, literally, that a light bulb went on.  I was so excited, and everything about it interested me, and I tuned in.

“I tuned in in school, I focused completely on that, I dual-enrolled my senior year and I entered Florida State when I was 17.”

Miller graduated from the police academy at the age of 19, while she was still in college at Florida State University, pursuing a degree in Criminal Science.

After her college graduation, Miller began serving as a Florida Capitol Police Officer in 2000.  A year later, she started serving with the Coral Springs Police Department, starting out with Road Patrol, then the Street Intelligence Unit, and then the Strategic Enforcement Team.

For Miller, protecting and serving her community was every bit as satisfying as she expected.

She recalled:

“When I worked with our Strategic Enforcement Team, it used to be called our Gang Unit back then, we just had a really good camaraderie in our unit.

“We would help track down people that were wanted, that were bad guys that did bad things.  Those were people that were victimizing other people.

“Finding bad guys was exciting for me.”

In 2009, Miller was promoted to Sergeant, and she moved on to supervisory roles.  Initially, she supervised Road Patrol.  Then, in 2012, she became supervisor for the Youth Liaison Unit (YLU).

LET taps new National Spokeswoman - Sergeant Miller - to fight back against "mandates" and police-defunding
Sergeant Carla Miller

In this position, Miller made a lasting and significant impact on Broward County by crafting and coordinating active killer training for the Broward County School staff, and she developed active killer response policy alongside Broward County Fire Rescue personnel.

Miller continued developing and implementing active killer training in her position as training supervisor starting in 2014.  Under her watch, Coral Springs trained with five surrounding Fire Rescue jurisdictions in active killer response.  

Miller’s years of providing intensive instruction and education in active killer response were put to the test on the fateful day of February 14, 2018, when the deadliest school shooting in Florida, and the third deadliest school shooting in U.S. history, occurred at Marjory Stoneman-Douglas High School. 

Miller, accompanied by sworn personnel under her direction and leadership, was one of the first emergency responders to enter the 1200 building at the high school.  There, her expertly trained and well-equipped officers put her protocols and directives smoothly into play.

Although the success of her training that was utilized at this horrific, tragic event was never really publicized in the mainstream media, Miller’s fellow officers have credited her in sworn testimony with the excellence of preparation that led them to respond and act unhesitatingly in the chaotic aftermath of the shooting.

Miller reflected:

“I had a lot of our officers come back and tell me directly that the training emulated exactly what they had gone through at Marjory Stoneman-Douglas, and they felt prepared because of it.

“There’s no more rewarding thing than the fact that my job is to prepare them, and they came back and said, ‘I felt prepared because of this.’”

Miller’s skilled instruction and undeniable expertise is not simply limited to active killer situation training, however.

A bare handful of her many instructor certifications include:

– Firearms Instructor

– TASER Instructor

– SABRE Instructor

– SIMS Instructor

– LASER Instructor

– Verbal Defense and Influence Instructor

– Domestic Violence Train the Trainer

– Specialty Impact Munitions Instructor.

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The year 2020 was an especially busy, challenging, and productive one for Miller in her role as supervisor.  In addition to continuing her ongoing duties in training other sworn personnel to surpass standards, she also achieved recognition for many other accomplishments.  

These included: transitioning the department to the TASER 7, arranging Jiu Jitsu training for all sworn personnel, improving and upgrading the shooting range, ensuring firearms training continued during the COVID pandemic, and foreseeing a COVID-related ammunition shortage and accordingly assuring an adequate supply of ammunition for the department.

The COVID-19 pandemic brought with it additional challenges for Miller, who broke new ground when she was tapped to be the Department Safety Officer.  In this role, she worked 24/7 as the primary contact for department personnel who had concerns about COVID.

Miller coordinated testing, contact tracing, and care for hundreds of department employees.  She also trained other Coral Springs employees to respond appropriately to COVID cases.

After intensive research into the therapeutic benefit of monoclonal antibody infusions to treat COVID infections, she was able to connect personnel with monoclonal antibody therapy long before the treatment became a mainstream buzzword.  Department personnel experienced great success with this therapy.

Her Captain, George Soberon, wrote of her efforts:

“Carla tracked all exposures and COVID positive personnel to ensure quick recoveries and the health of all personnel….

“Carla had to personally contact all 367, contact trace their exposure or positive, provide them testing, housing if required, medical assistance, and ensure proper decontamination.

“This has been a 24 hour a day task.

“The gauge of her success was how the Department manpower has been minimally affected by the pandemic.”

LET taps new National Spokeswoman - Sergeant Miller - to fight back against "mandates" and police-defunding
Sergeant Carla Miller

It probably comes as no surprise, then, that Miller was awarded Supervisor of the Year for 2020 by the Coral Springs Police Department.

It probably also comes as no surprise that Miller has received multiple other commendations and awards throughout her career in law enforcement, including a Meritorious Police Duty Commendation, Three Exceptional Police Initiative Awards, Officer of the Month, Officer of the Quarter, and four Administrative Service Commendations.

Miller also sports enviable skills as a no-nonsense communicator, having also served for several years as the Public Information Officer (PIO) for Coral Springs PD.  In that position, in the aftermath of the Marjory Stoneman-Douglas massacre, she stood firm against national media representatives who attempted to bait her officers in interviews.

As of just last month, Miller has officially retired from law enforcement, but her future path still promises significant ongoing influence in public safety and preparedness.  

Along with her husband, a firefighter/paramedic, she runs Patriot Consulting, which offers a valuable array of training and consultation options, including CPR/AED and bleeding control, work and school safety and threat response training, defensive tactics, and medical response under fire.

In addition, thanks to her gracious acceptance of the position of National Spokeswoman for Law Enforcement Today, Miller will now be a strong and powerful voice for our brothers and sisters in law enforcement.

She told me:

“Anybody who knows me will tell you that I don’t back down.  I’m a right-fighter, for sure, in the sense that I do what’s right.

“I fight for what’s right, and I’m very vocal about it.”

This position as National Spokeswoman, she added, gives her a much-desired freedom to advocate for law enforcement.

“I’m excited, because it’s hard when you’re in law enforcement.  You can get in trouble because someone didn’t like what you said, even if it’s true.

“It can be a departmental concern, in that their job and policies and procedures prevent them from speaking about certain things, or societal, in that society can then create an issue for them in their job….

“My favorite thing to do is spout facts, and stand up for what’s right, and stand up for people.

“Having the opportunity to say the truth, and having the background I have, I think I can get the message out there and be a defense for those who can’t defend themselves.”

LET taps new National Spokeswoman - Sergeant Miller - to fight back against "mandates" and police-defunding
Sergeant Carla Miller

Reflecting on a shift in public opinion on law enforcement that she saw begin about 10 years ago, she added:

“I am very excited to be able to speak out and defend them.  

“Out of any profession, I think nobody has taken it worse than law enforcement….

“That ‘F*** the police’ momentum really carried on, and there was the narrative that we were the reason for all of society’s problems, we were racist killers.”

She continued:

“I saw the opposite firsthand, on major incidents, on [Marjory Stoneman-Douglas].  Nobody cared what color you were, or what your religion was, or if you were male or female.  They honestly were in work mode and just wanted to help people.

“It just really bothers me, that narrative.  It’s just so false.  It’s not statistically backed.  It’s not true in any sense of reality, having worked with these people.

“There’s no platform better than this for somebody to be able to go out and say it.”

LET taps new National Spokeswoman - Sergeant Miller - to fight back against "mandates" and police-defunding
Sergeant Carla Miller

One topic foremost on Miller’s mind is the nationwide move to defund the police.

She said:

“Being a Training Sergeant, it’s comical to me when people would scream that they need more training, but then they wanted to defund us….

“When you’re defunding services and you think it’s going to get better – that logic is absurd to me.”

Reflecting on the effects that decreased pay due to defunding has on law enforcement hiring, she added:

“And the quality of people that you’re going to get.  

“You want ethical people that have a higher standard.  

“You’re cutting your hiring pool when you cut pay, you know, risk-benefit…. I know so many really good officers that were like, ‘You know what? No.’”

Vaccine mandates for law enforcement is another current topic of vast importance.

Miller noted:

“Having done what I did with COVID, having seen what I saw, as far as treatment, as far as what doctors were doing, as far as vaccines, what I’ve seen, it’s disgusting that they are even talking about [vaccine mandates].

“There’s zero logic behind it.  It’s not based on any actual science.

“We had so many cases where vaccinated employees were positive and symptomatic and transmitting it.”

Miller added that she took a stand for department personnel, with facts and statistics on her side, and she advocated for vaccine choice.  She also succeeded in preventing her department from implementing a two-tiered system of protocols for vaccinated versus unvaccinated employees.

As our new National Spokeswoman, Miller has a message for law enforcement and their supporters as they face today’s seemingly overwhelming anti-police narrative:  Things are not as they are portrayed.

She told me:

“We are not in all these groups they are making.  We are not divided at all.  I don’t see it in my communities, I don’t see it in friends, I don’t see it at the store.  It is not the way that it is being portrayed, and it certainly isn’t the way it is being portrayed between the community and law enforcement….

“The majority of people in the community, as well as officers, they get along.  They want what’s best for each other, and there are people that do care about law enforcement, and our officers just want to go out and help the community, and do the right thing, to protect life and property.”

She continued:

“I think that’s the biggest thing:  Don’t fall for what you’re being shown about the division, because I don’t think it is genuinely that way.  I really don’t, overall, in this country.  

“And I think it’s done to incite people to feel.  That’s why they give false statistics and they twist things in a way to make them appear as they are not.  It’s just not that way.”

Miller’s background speaks for itself: A skillset second to none, the respect and admiration of her peers and her community, a history of strong and fierce stands for her brothers and sisters in blue.

We at Law Enforcement Today are honored to welcome genuine badass Sergeant Carla Miller to our LET community – a badass who promises to continue to stand tall as a strong, loud, and committed voice for law enforcement.

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Editor note: In 2020, we saw a nationwide push to “defund the police”.  While we all stood here shaking our heads wondering if these people were serious… they cut billions of dollars in funding for police officers.  And as a result, crime has skyrocketed – all while the same politicians who said “you don’t need guns, the government will protect you” continued their attacks on both our police officers and our Second Amendment rights.

And that’s exactly why we’re launching this national crowdfunding campaign as part of our efforts to help “re-fund the police”.

For those looking for a quick link to get in the fight and support the cause, click here.

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