MIAMI (AP) _ A three-year veteran of the Metro-Dade police department has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for his role in a burglary ring.

Miguel Vidal, 26, was sentenced Tuesday to twice the maximum recommended under state guidelines for his August convictions on four counts of armed robbery and one count of armed burglary.

''This is not a police officer who got into trouble off duty,'' said Assistant State Attorney Mary Cagle. ''This is a police officer who used his badge to rob and steal in the most vicious manner possible.''

Prosecutors said Vidal stood lookout for three confederates while they robbed homes, using his police radio to keep track of fellow officers.

''He has disgraced over 5,000 law-abiding law enforcement officers,'' Metro-Dade Sgt. Nelson Perry, president of the 4,700-member Police Benevolent Association, said at the sentencing.