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North Miami Police Department - Assistant Chief Leonard Bugess
Leonard Burgess
Assistant Chief

On November 1, 2010, Chief Stephen Johnson appointed Retired Deputy Director Burgess to a Police Major position for the North Miami Police Department (NMPD). NMPD is the fifth largest police department in Miami-Dade County with 170 employees, serving a population of 60,000 citizens. NMPD budget for Fiscal Year 2010-2011 is approximately 21.8 million dollars.

Major Burgess has dedicated 26 years in law enforcement, gaining fiscal management experience, strategic planning and implementation skills. He currently serves as the Major of the Investigative Section (IS) and oversees the following units: General Investigations Unit, Special Victims Unit, Crime Suppression Unit and the Crime Scene Unit. The IS investigates homicides, robberies, sexual batteries, all child abuse, elderly abuse and neglect, domestic violence, kidnapping, stalking, hate crimes, missing persons, elderly exploitation, internet crimes against children, other crimes committed amongst family members, and provides proactive enforcement of Part 1 crimes, narcotic and gang related investigations.

During October 10, 2008, to October 31, 2010, Major Burgess was the Deputy Director for the Miami-Dade Corrections and Rehabilitation Department (MDCRD). MDCRD is the sixth largest jail system in the United States with over 2,500 employees, six correctional facilities, housing nearly 7,000 inmates daily. MDCRD’s annual operating budget is approximately 326 million dollars.

During November 10, 1988, to October 10, 2008, Major Burgess was employed by the Miami-Dade Police Department (MDPD), which is the largest law enforcement agency in the Southeastern United States, providing police services to over 2.4 million people. He leaves MDPD service by working his way through the ranks as a Police Division Chief of the Special Investigations Division, which includes the Narcotics Bureau, Warrants Bureau, Strategic and Specialized Investigations Bureau, and the Economic Crimes Bureau. MDPD annual operating is approximately 535 million dollars.

Major Burgess holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Behavioral Sciences from Barry University and a degree of Master of Science in Criminal Justice from Florida International University.  He has honorably served in the United States Marine Corps, and he is a graduate from the Southern Police Institute Command Officers Course at the University of Louisville and is a graduate from the Senior Management Institute for Police Executives from Harvard’s Kennedy School.

His professional affiliations include the 5000 Role Models, Miami-Dade County Association of Chiefs of Police, Police Executive Research Forum, National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives, Progressive Officers Club, Hispanic Police Officers Association, and the Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity. Moreover, he has received numerous commendations and awards for his service and dedication to improving the quality of life for the citizenry. He is committed to community service and has loyalty and passion to Public Safety that is above reproach.

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