Chief of Police Julio Yero
Julio Yero was appointed Town of Surfside Chief of Police on July 3rd, 2018. Chief Yero first joined the Surfside Police Department as a young officer in 1986. He transferred to the Miami Beach Police Department a couple years later, fulfilling his dream of working alongside his father and brother who also served with the Miami Beach Police Department. Chief Yero retired from the Miami Beach Police Department as a lieutenant and was appointed Captain of the Town of Surfside Police Department in November 2014, where he oversaw the department’s police operations, investigations, and held the duties of assistant chief of police.
Chief Yero’s law enforcement experience includes years of specialized and executive level policing. He has served as Operations Shift Commander and Executive Officer, Internal Affairs and Criminal Investigations Major Crimes investigator and supervisor, Hostage Negotiations Team Commander and in a variety of assignments from community policing to street level narcotics. Chief Yero has been involved in the operational planning, coordination and management of special events and security operations such as the Miami Beach Memorial Day Weekend, Spring Break and Super Bowl festivities. In 2013, Chief Yero was honored to have been selected to lead a contingent of Miami Beach officers to Washington D.C. as part of the presidential inauguration security detail.
Born in Cuba and raised in Miami, Chief Yero is a graduate of the Miami-Dade College Institute of Criminal Justice Police Academy. Chief Yero is a member of the Florida Police Chiefs Association and the Miami-Dade County Association of Chiefs of Police.
Captain of Police John Bambis
Captain Bambis began his law enforcement career as an officer with the Miami Beach Police Department in 1989, and he retired as a Major of Police before joining the Surfside Police Department. While at Miami Beach PD he served in numerous assignments to include Operations Division Commander, Support Services Division Commander, Technical Services Division Commander, Criminal Investigations Division Commander, Narcotics Unit Commander, Special Events Response Team Commander, Homeless Outreach Coordinator, Commander of the Crime Prevention Unit, and as the Grants Manager. In April 2015, he joined the Town of Surfside Police Department and was appointed as a Lieutenant of Police where he oversaw the Support Services Division. In July 2018, he was promoted to rank of Captain of Police with the Town of Surfside Police Department. Captain Bambis holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from the State University of New York at Buffalo. He is also a graduate of the FBI National Academy 235th Session, and the University of Louisville’s Southern Police Institute Command Officers Development Course where he earned the Director’s Award for Academic Excellence.