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Police 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.
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TPD Public Information Officer David Northway taking questions from local media.
Through its Public Information Office, the Tallahassee Police Department actively reports on its activities to ensure citizens receive accurate information on matters important to the community. By keeping citizens informed, the Public Information Officers play a pivotal role in ensuring the public's trust, cooperation and support is maintained in their law enforcement agency.
Using a variety of advanced communications tools, TPD's PIO team works to keep the public well informed. Members serve as official spokespersons for the department and coordinate responses to media and citizen inquiries. They also work in partnership with the City's Communications Department and other information specialists during emergency situations, such as weather-related events.
In addition, the PIO team promotes how the community can work in partnership with the department. Working in conjunction with the Community Relations Unit, the PIO team coordinates events such as departmental tours, "Shop with A Cop", "Bring Your Sons/Daughters to Work Days" and the "TPD and You Breakfast" with the Police Chief. This type of community involvement embodies the "Trust, Loyalty and Commitment" that are the fundamental foundations through which Chief Michael J. DeLeo leads the Tallahassee Police Department.
The PIO team is supervised by Officer David Northway.
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