MIAMI (WSVN) - Miami-Dade County officials honored the first woman to lead the Miami Gardens Police Department, Tuesday.

Miami-Dade Police Division Chief Delma Noel-Pratt received a proclamation at the Stephen P. Clark Center in Downtown Miami.

“Thank you, Mayor Carlos Gimenez and Deputy Mayor Russel Benford, for this proclamation,” Noel-Pratt said. “I’m elated to be here before this wonderful audience and this great board of county commissioners.”

Noel-Pratt has served South Florida for nearly 25 years, beginning her career as an officer in 1993.

“Chief, congratulations,” Gimenez said. “I know that the City of Miami Gardens made a great choice in promoting you.”

She will begin her new post on May 1.

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