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 where he began his career in 1994 as a patrol officer.
Chief DeLeo’s academic credentials include a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Florida, a Master’s 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 is the Chairperson of the Intelligence Committee as a member of Florida’s Domestic Security Oversight Council. Chief DeLeo also serves as on the International Association of Chiefs of Police Community Policing Committee.
At the helm of the Tallahassee Police Department, Chief DeLeo has focused on an agency-wide philosophy of Community Policing and spearheaded the implementation of agency and community-based training on Procedural Justice and Fair and Impartial Policing. Chief DeLeo implemented community programs like Operation Safe Neighborhoods, a Youth Citizens Police Academy, the Community Leadership Council on Gun Violence, and the Neighborhood Public Safety Initiative.
The Tallahassee Police Department has been recognized for the efforts in the community at the state and international level having received the 2016 Florida Police Chiefs Association’s Rocky Pomerance Law Enforcement Excellence Award and the 2018 International Association of Chiefs of Police’s Leadership in Community Policing Award.