FBI–LEEDA is a 501(c)(3) corporation. The majority of members of FBI-LEEDA are chief executive officers of law enforcement agencies, directors and commissioners of public safety, and elected sheriffs throughout the United States and numerous foreign countries. One of the requirements for active membership in FBI-LEEDA is to have participated in a Command Leadership Institute, the LEEDS training program at the FBI Academy, or one of the regional FBI Command Colleges located throughout the United States. Members of the association consist mostly of decision-makers from local, state and federal law enforcement agencies. In addition to FBI–LEEDA’s mission to be the premier provider of leadership and management training, the association strives to provide information to its members which will enhance their ability to establish and maintain an outstanding quality of life in the communities in which they serve.
The Mission of FBI-LEEDA, Inc. shall be:
To advance the science and art of law enforcement leadership and promote the exchange of information to improve law enforcement management practices through training, education, and networking among police professionals across the United States and beyond.
The LEEDS program was first conceptualized to fill a void in the FBI executive training programs for municipal, state, and federal leaders of law enforcement agencies having between 50 and 500 members. On January 18, 1981,the Management Science and Leadership Unit at Quantico, led by SSA Robert McCarthy in collaboration with faculty from the University of Virginia, began a two-week training program at the FBI Academy at Quantico to meet this need. The Law Enforcement Executive Development Seminar (“LEEDS”) was born. However, the request for executive level training continually exceeded scheduling availability at Quantico.
In 1986, Chief Terry Mangan of Spokane, WA, and Under Sheriff Paul Pastor of Pierce County, WA, teamed with Al Whittaker, the SAC in Seattle, to establish the Northwest Command College and brought the LEEDS program to the West Coast. Regional LEEDS classes became so popular that the program expanded and now encompasses more than 20 regional training sites located throughout the United States. They are presently known as Regional Command Colleges. The response by the law enforcement community to the LEEDS programs, both regionally and at the FBI Academy, has been overwhelming and its success can be measured by its significant growth since 1981. The LEEDS network continues to graduate a significant number of law enforcement executives annually.
In 1991, a group of LEEDS graduates, along with SSA Robert McCarthy, formed an association to provide graduates with a vehicle for continued networking and educational opportunities. FBI–LEEDA, Inc., also known as the Law Enforcement Executive Development Association, a non-profit 501 (c) (3) corporation, was formed. Today, FBI–LEEDA’s membership includes law enforcement executives throughout the United States, U.S. territories, and foreign countries.
The Association holds an annual training conference in the spring to provide members with up-to-date information and exceptional networking opportunities. In 1998, the Association invited a limited number of vendors to display the latest technology and product lines for conference attendees. This addition to the training conference was so successful that it has been continued each year. FBI–LEEDA’s tremendously successful Corporate Partnership Program is a result of the exhibitors continuing support of the Association.
In August of 2002, FBI–LEEDA began offering leadership and management seminars to law enforcement agencies throughout the United States. The two-day programs for mid-level managers was very well received. FBI–LEEDA continues to meet the demand for law enforcement training and expanded its seminars in 2005 to include advanced leadership and management training.
In 2006, FBI–LEEDA introduced the Supervisor Leadership Institute and Command Institute for Law Enforcement Executives. The Supervisor Leadership Institute is a dynamic, intensive and challenging five-day program specifically and uniquely designed for first-line supervisors and middle managers. The Executive Leadership Institute is a similar program specifically and uniquely designed to prepare law enforcement leaders for command level positions.
We are extremely pleased with the success and development of FBI–LEEDA and will continue to bring the best executive level training, as well as the latest innovations in products and technology, to chief executives of law enforcement throughout the world.