With over 30 years of public safety experience, Leo P. McGuire has remained on the forefront of innovation, technology, and mentoring others to realize their potential.
Whether it was serving as a military policeman in the U.S. Army, as a police officer and supervisor in a New Jersey municipality, or leading Bergen County’s largest law enforcement agency as Sheriff, he maintained a balance between effective leadership and providing the critical safety services our citizens expect and desire.
As Sheriff, Leo McGuire administered the operations of the Bergen County Sheriff’s Office, the county’s premier law enforcement agency, with more than 500 members and an annual budget of more than $58 million and a correctional facility of 1250 beds. He was chosen as a pilot site for the COPS Office Jail Information Model program and partnered with the Community Safety Institute to enhance the ability to obtain and share information to save lives and solve crimes. In 2010, Sheriff McGuire became the first Sheriff’s Office in the nation to partner with an Israeli company to deploy a cutting edge technology designed to detect deception, make the jail staff and inmates safer, and help in the war on terror. He also gained notoriety by conducting his county’s first gun buy-back program using funds seized from drug dealers, resulting in over 700 weapons taken off our streets. This successful program was preceded by the use of text messaging and Internet technology to enhance the ability to obtain anonymous information to solve and prevent crimes in the community with the BergenTip program. In the first week of implementation, a bi-county drug dealing ring was stopped in their tracks. Leo also began a countywide youth academy for those desiring to learn more about law enforcement but also chartered the START program (Sheriff’s Training and Redirection Team) where those young people who had already begun down the wrong path of life were “redirected” towards success. This program proved to be one of the most satisfying in his career.
As the leader of the Sheriff’s Office, Leo McGuire ensured his staff had the tools necessary to become one of the nation’s best and tripled the amount of training and education they received annually. He did this while advancing his own education by obtaining his Master’s in Business Administration and later attending the Harvard-Kennedy School of Government for the Senior Executives Program as well as the prestigious FBI National Executive Institute and the National Sheriff’s Institute. He continues to teach leadership, business and criminal justice at New Jersey universities while sitting on the Criminal Justice and Business Advisory Boards of several colleges.
Selected as a member of the National Sheriff’s Association’s Board of Directors, Leo also served as the President of the Constitutional Officers Association of New Jersey and Vice-President of the Sheriff’s Association of New Jersey before retiring from law enforcement in 2010. He continues supporting the community by serving on college boards and as a trustee for the Boys & Girls Club and volunteer for the Employer Support for the Guard and Reserves, while operating a consulting business, LPM Strategies, LLC and as Director of an E-Training company: FML Technologies, based in Northern Ireland. Leo lives in New Jersey with his wife of 28 years and their two daughters.