Chief Lawrence J. Leon was appointed Chief of the Palm Beach County School District Police in 2012; one of Chief Leon’s goals was to be Chief of the Palm Beach School District Police Department. The Palm Beach School District Police Department was the first School District Police Department to be accredited through Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation and is currently working on the fourth re-accreditation. His department is responsible for the safety and security for approximately 180,000 children, 22,000 employees and over 185 facilities.

Chief Leon started his law enforcement career in 1981 as a part time officer with the Florida Game and Freshwater Fish Commission. In 1985, he went to work for the Miccosukee Police Department. In 1986, Chief Leon lateraled into the North Miami Beach Police Department where he worked road patrol until 1991. In 1991, Chief Leon joined the Palm Beach School District Police Department and worked in all school levels, and worked his way up to a Lieutenant. In 2005 Chief Leon become the Director of Safety and Security/Chief of School Police for the Sarasota School District until 2012.

Chief Leon has a Master’s in Business Administration from Webster University in 2008 and holds a Bachelors of Arts degree in Criminal Justice from Florida International University. He has also graduated from the 39th Chief Executive Seminar. Chief Leon has had extensive training dealing with critical incidents such as Active Shooters scenarios and training in emergency operations and crisis response. Chief Leon also has the distinction of being a Practitioner for Crime Prevention through Environmental Design, the Co-Chair for Campus Security State Working Group, and the Treasurer for the Palm Beach County Chiefs of Police Association.

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