Tad Leach was born and raised in the Chicago area. After graduating from college with a B.S. Degree in Business Administration and working in the banking field, he joined the Wheeling (IL) Police Dept. His experience includes Patrol, Juvenile, Detectives, Watch Commander, Records and Communications Supervisor, Administrative Sergeant and Acting Deputy Chief in charge of the Support Services Division. He then joined the Lincolnwood (IL) Police Dept. as Deputy Chief and was subsequently appointed Chief of Police. In that capacity he was responsible for the total police operation in a multi-ethnic suburb of Chicago, including joint dispatching for Police, Fire and Emergency Medical Services. Lincolnwood is bordered on three sides by the City of Chicago and experiences a disproportionate amount of crime, traffic and calls for service activity to population due to location, socio-economic standing and business/commercial base.
During his 25 year career as a police officer, Tad received extensive law enforcement training, including receiving a Certificate in Management from the Northwestern University Center for Public Safety and completion of Emergency Services Team (SWAT) training. He has an MBA from Loyola (Chicago) University and an MA in Administration of Justice from Webster University. Tad is a Certified Instructor in Defensive Aerosol Weapons (pepper spray), Range 2000 Force-Control Training Simulator, Skidcar System and Taser, and is certified in the use of both ASP and side-handle baton.
Tad has had articles published in various law enforcement publications, including The Police Chief (the publication of the International Association of Chiefs of Police), has taught law enforcement topics at numerous colleges and law enforcement academies and has received a number of awards and honors. He was a member and officer of a number of law enforcement organizations in the Chicago area, including President of the Northwest Police Academy and Treasurer of the Northern Illinois Police Alarm System (NIPAS) – organizations comprising over 45 municipalities with an aggregate population in excess of 500,000, with over 1,500 law enforcement officers.
Tad and his wife now reside in Coeur d’Alene, ID, where he was Coordinator of the Law Enforcement Program at North Idaho College and is now a Part-Time Instructor. This program is an Idaho Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) Council Certified “Basic Course” (law enforcement academy) and culminates with an Associate Degree in Law Enforcement. Tad was a member of the North Idaho College Critical Incident Stress Management Committee. He is a court recognized Expert Witness on various law enforcement matters, including use of force and police procedures. Tad does law enforcement consulting and has given nationwide presentations on "Law Enforcement Liability" for Travelers. In addition he gives seminars on "Violence in the Workplace" and other topics to businesses, schools and organizations. His presentation on "Violence in the Workplace" is certified by the Idaho POST Council for instruction to law enforcement officers.
Tad was Undersheriff at the Kootenai County Sheriff's Department in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho from 2007 to 2011 when he retired. The county is 1,310 square miles with a rapidly growing population in excess of 140,000. The department consists of 290 full-time personnel divided into three bureaus (Operations, Support Services and Jail), with the Undersheriff responsible for the entire operation.