Chief Michael DeLeo
Michael DeLeo was appointed Chief of Police of the Tallahassee Police Department on December 30, 2013. Prior to his appointment, Chief DeLeo was the Deputy Chief of the Plantation Police Department. He began his career with the Plantation Police Department in 1994 as a patrol officer. During his career, he has served in the Patrol Division and Criminal Investigations Division and supervised the SWAT Unit, Street Crimes Unit, Crisis Response Team, Field Force Unit, Traffic Unit and K-9 Unit. As Deputy Chief DeLeo managed the Administration Bureau, which included the Budget, Fleet, Communications, Professional Standards, Records, Property & Evidence, Training, Recruitment & Hiring, and Code Enforcement.
Chief DeLeo’s academic credentials include a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Florida, a Masters of Science degree from St. Thomas University and a Juris Doctor degree from Nova Southeastern University. He is also a graduate of the FBI National Academy 219th Session and the 33rd Session of the Southern Police Institute Command Officer Development Course.
Chief DeLeo was named an FBI Leadership Fellow in 2004 and spent six months in residence at the FBI Academy where he assisted in developing and delivering executive law enforcement training around the world. Chief DeLeo was an adjunct faculty member for Broward College, Institute of Public Safety. In addition, his professional accomplishments include the development of the Safe 7 Grant Program; serving as chairperson for the Juvenile Assessment Center, and member of the Joint Advisory Committee for the Institute of Public Safety. Chief DeLeo is also a member of the FDLE’s Advisory Group for the Law Enforcement Basic Recruit Training.
TPD has a distinguished 170 year history of fighting crime and being a leader in innovative police services. Today, TPD leads the way in many areas. We are recognized nationally as being the third longest accredited law enforcement agency in the country and for our programs developed to provide public safety services equally to all and to protect all citizens' civil rights. Whether its routine patrol services, forensic science services, traffic safety enforcement, or implementing new technologies, the men and women who work for you at the Tallahassee Police Department have one purpose; making Tallahassee a safe place to live, work, and play.
The Tallahassee Police Department is driven by our core values - Trust, Loyalty , and Commitment. Our values will be incorporated into policy and training. Trust, Loyalty, and Commitment will be the driving force behind recruitment, selection, hiring, and promotions. These principles will provide the basis for decision-making for all personnel at TPD. They demand a higher level of accountability than law and policy. Our values mandate that our decisions are based on what we should do, not what we can do.
Embracing our values will ensure TPD’s policing is about the citizens of Tallahassee. Everyone at TPD is here to provide service to our community. All members, sworn and civilian, have a responsibility to treat people with respect, show compassion, and protect the rights of all people. Each day, our actions will reinforce that we earned the privilege to work at TPD and that we will continue to earn that privilege.
TPD has a responsibility to our city to deliver proactive community policing strategies, thorough and impartial investigations, and accurate documentation regarding our actions. All TPD’s members have an obligation to critically evaluate how TPD performs , identify areas of improvement, and recommend solutions. We will be accountable to the community and each other to ensure that we use our resources efficiently and deliver the best service possible.
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