John G. Leonard
John G. Leonard
Consultant, Emergency Management Solutions (Pennsylvania Division)
John Leonard is an instructor at Lackawanna College Police Academy. He previously served as the Director of the Public Safety Training Institute at Luzerne County Community College, Pennsylvania. As Director, he oversaw training of Law Enforcement, Firefighters, Emergency Medical Service, Commercial Driver’s License, The Pennsylvania State Police Lethal Weapons Training, Safety Programs, and the Fire Science Technology Degree Program. He retired as a Master Sergeant after 25 years of the U.S. Army Reserve/National Guard.
An experienced leader and planner, he has served in a wide variety of capacities. He retired in 2014 as the Assistant Chief of the Hazleton, Pennsylvania Police Department. He was part of the department’s response to New York City on 9/11. He has conducted briefings at the White House, US Department of Justice, and Immigrations and Customs Enforcement on illegal immigration. He served as a liaison with the Pennsylvania Army National Guard to Pennsylvania State Police during the 2007 Valentine’s Day Winter Storm Response. Military deployments include Operation Joint Guardian serving as Detention Facility Commander, Operation Iraqi Freedom serving as Cavalry Scout and Operation Iron Response, Papal visit of Pope Francis serving as a Liaison Officer to the Pennsylvania Army National Guard Joint Force Headquarters for the largest security operation in U.S. history.
He is the Vice-Chair of Pennsylvania’s East-Central Task Force Law Enforcement Committee and a member of the Health and Medical Committees. He is a Board Member on the Northeast Pennsylvania Gang Task Force, Northeast Counseling Services, Luzerne County Criminal Justice Advisory Board, and McCann School of Business Criminal Justice Advisory Board.
He was named the 2004 Crime Prevention Officer of the Year by the Pennsylvania Chiefs of Police Officer Association. He was awarded the Hazleton Police Department Medal of Valor and Distinguished Service Medal. He received the American Red Cross Law Enforcement Heroes Award, and Pennsylvania Fraternal Order of Police Law Enforcement Bravery Award. Military awards include the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Good Conduct Medal, Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Kosovo Campaign Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terror Service Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal, Non-Commissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, Army Reserve Component Overseas Training Ribbon, Combat Infantryman Badge, Pennsylvania Service Ribbon, and Lieutenant General Milton Baker Leadership Award.
He holds Bachelors Degree in Political Science and Criminal Justice from Pace University and a Masters Degree in Organizational Management from Misericordia University. He is a graduate of the Municipal Police Academy at Harrisburg Area Community College and completed the Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command. Military education Civil Affairs Qualification Course, Military Police Officer Advance Course, Infantry Officer Basic Course, Maneuver Senior Leaders Course, Basic Non-Commissioned Officer Course, Infantry Mortar Leaders Course, Cavalry Scout and Infantry Military Occupational Specialties.