Promoted to Assistant Chief of Police in August 2023 and Interim Chief in October 2023, Antonio Marciante began his law enforcement career as a member of the United States Coast Guard in 1987 and was honorably discharged in 1993. Assistant Chief Marciante
attended and received his Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice / Minor in Psychology from Florida International University in 1989. Interim Chief Antonio Marciante began his career with the North Miami Beach Police Department in
October 1989. He retired from the North Miami Beach Police Department in June 2018, as the Police Major of the Operations Division. On June 4, 2018, Marciante was hired as the Operations Lieutenant with the Surfside Police Department. On October 26,
2020, he was promoted to the rank of Captain. Interim Chief Marciante is a graduate of the prestigious FBI National Academy (FBINAA), FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Seminar (LEEDS), and the DEA Drug Unit Commanders Academy (DUCA).
Captain Jay Matelis attended and received his bachelor’s degree in Sociology from the University of Miami in 1998. He began his law enforcement career in 2002 at the Miami-Dade Schools Police Department as a police officer assigned to schools throughout
Miami-Dade County. In November 2008, he was hired by the Surfside Police Department and worked in areas such as the Patrol Division and as the Neighborhood Resource Officer.
In June 2012, Matelis was promoted to Police Sergeant and has worked in different sections such as the Patrol Division, Criminal Investigations Unit, Training Unit, Traffic Unit, Administration, Special Operations Division and is the Public Information
Officer (PIO). In August 2023 he was promoted to Administrative Captain. Captain Jay Matelis is a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police.
The Communications Unit consists of a Communications Supervisor and three Communications Operators. The unit provides twenty-four hour seven days a week dispatching and receiving calls. The responsibilities are managing all incoming emergency and non-emergency calls through a computer aided dispatch system, dispatching the calls to police personnel, entering crime data into the records management system and providing administration support to the Police Department.
The Criminal Investigations Unit (CIU) is the primary investigative branch of the Police Department and works closely with our uniform patrol officers. The specially trained professionals in this Unit are responsible for the investigation and follow up of all crimes reported within the Town of Surfside. The Unit maintains productive partnerships with other local, county, state, and federal law enforcement agencies.
Public Information Officers (PIO) serve as the liaison between the Department and members of the media. Public Information Officers are responsible for the release of accurate and timely information regarding the activities of the Department to
the news media (broadcast and print) and the public. The function of PIO is an integral component of the day-to-day law enforcement operations of the Department, guaranteeing that the avenues of communication are consistently open among the Department,
the media and the community.
The Patrol Division is the most visible section of the Police Department, providing around the clock routine and emergency services to the community with an emphasis on accountability, maximization of resources, and community
relations through progressive policing. Our officers patrol a residential community incorporating single family homes and condominiums, a business district with retail, specialty boutiques and restaurants, and public beach. Officers utilize a variety
of specialized equipment to patrol the different areas maintaining a high level of visibility and bringing them closer to those we serve.