Law Enforcement Executive Development Association


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 personnel. 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 on January 18, 1981, to meet this need. The Law Enforcement Executive Development Seminar ("LEEDS") was borne and continues to grow. However, the request for executive level training continually exceeded scheduling availability at Quantico which now offers three sessions annually.

In 1986, Chief Terry Mangan of Spokane, Washington, and Undersheriff Paul Pastor of Pierce County, Washington, teamed with Al Whittaker, the SAC in Seattle, to establish the Northwest Command College and bring the LEEDS program to the West Coast. Regional LEEDS classes became so popular that the program expanded and now encompasses twenty-one regional LEEDS training sites located throughout the United States. The response by the law enforcement community to the LEEDS programs, both regionally and at the FBI Academy, has been overwelming, 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, decided to form an association to provide graduates with a vehicle for continued networking and educational opportunities. FBI- LEEDS, Inc., also known as the Law Enforcement Executive Development Association, a non-profit 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 its 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. The addition to the training conference was so successful that it has been continued each year. FBI - LEEDA's tremendously successful Corporation 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 have been well received and continue to expand. 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 Command Institute for Law Enforcement Executives© and the Supervisor Leadership Institute©. The Command Institute© is a dynamic, intensive and challenging five-day program specifically and uniquely designed to prepare law enforcement leaders for command level positons. The Supervisor Leadership Institute© is also a dynamic, intensive and challenging five-day program specifically and uniquely designed for first-line supervisors and middle managers.

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.