Interim Chief Leonard Burgess has dedicated 29 years of service in law enforcement, which has allowed him to gain expertise in fiscal management, as well as strategic planning and implementation skills, in the various roles he has held within the field. He joined the North Miami Police Department (NMPD) in October 2010, as a Police Major, and was subsequently appointed to Assistant Chief of the Field Operations Division in December 2011. Interim Chief Burgess is committed to Community Oriented Policing service and has an immense loyalty and passion for public safety. He is married and has three children.
Interim Chief Burgess was an Assistant Chief of the Field Operations Division for the NMPD, Burgess oversaw the following: Uniform Patrol, Uniform Support, Community Services Sections, Community Oriented Policing and PAL Programs, Motorcycle Traffic Unit, Marine Patrol Unit, SWAT, School Resource Officers, Peer Tutoring and Police Explorer Programs, Communication Unit, and the Code Compliance Unit. NMPD is the sixth largest police department in Miami-Dade County, with 168 employees servicing a population of approximately 60,000, with an annual operating budget of approximately $24.3 million.
From October 2008 until October 2010, Interim Chief Burgess served as the Deputy Director for the Miami-Dade Corrections and Rehabilitation Department (MDCRD), which is the sixth largest jail system in the United States, with over 2,500 employees. MDCRD’s annual operating budget is approximately $326 million.
Interim Chief Burgess was employed by the Miami-Dade Police Department (MDPD) from November 1988 until October 2008, where he last held the rank of Division Chief of the Special Investigations Division. MDPD is the largest law enforcement agency in the Southeastern United States, providing police services to over 2.4 million people, with an annual operating budget of approximately $535 million.
Interim Chief Burgess holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Behavioral Sciences from Barry University and a Master of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from Florida International University. He has honorably served in the United States Marine Corps, and is a graduate of the Southern Police Institute Command Officers Course at the University of Louisville, and of the Senior Management Institute for Police Executives at Harvard’s Kennedy School.
Currently, Interim Chief Burgess serves as President of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE) South Florida Chapter. His professional affiliations also include the 5000 Role Models, Big Brothers and Big Sisters, Miami-Dade County Association of Chiefs of Police, Police Executive Research Forum, Progressive Officers Club, Knights of Columbus, Hispanic Police Officers Association, and the Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity.