Edward A. Leach
P.O. Box 2088
Coeur d’Alene, ID 83816-2088
(B): (208) 765-6193
(C): (208) 661-4869


1996 – Present Expert Witness in law enforcement issues, including use of force, pursuits, and employment issues (Federal and Idaho State Court recognized)


1999 – Present



Big Horn County                                                                             Hardin, MT

Travelers                                                                                           St. Paul, MN

The Backup                                                                                      Coeur d’Alene, ID

Gillette News Record                                                                  Gillette, WY

Bonner County Communications Center                           Sandpoint, ID

2011 – Present


Special Deputy

Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office                                          Coeur d’Alene, Idaho

Administrative projects as assigned by the Sheriff

2013 – 2014


Court Appointed Monitor – Idaho Correctional Center (Judge David O. Carter, United States Courts for the Ninth District)

Kelly, et. al. v. Timothy engler and Correctional Corporation of America, Inc. Case No: 1:11-CV-185-S-EJL

2007 – 2011



Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office                                         Coeur d’Alene, Idaho

Responsible for the operation of the three Bureaus (Operations, Support Services and Jail). The department consists of 285 full-time employees with a budget in excess of $23 million and covers a county of over 140,000 people and 1,310 square miles. In addition, the county attracts a significant number of people for the various recreational opportunities.

2005 – 2008 Law Enforcement Liability Seminars – Travelers

Nationwide seminars for law enforcement agencies on law enforcement liability.


2006 – 2008 Part-Time Instructor – Law Enforcement Program

North Idaho College                                                                Coeur d’Alene, Idaho


1993 – 2006


Instructor/Coordinator – Law Enforcement Program

North Idaho College                                                               Coeur d’Alene, Idaho

Responsible for presentation of nine-month Law Enforcement Program utilizing forty part-time instructors. The program is Idaho Peace Officers Standards and Training (POST) certified for Basic Training. Students receive all the training required in a basic academy, as well as participate as a uniformed, armed, intern with a law enforcement agency. Member: North Idaho College Critical Incident Stress Management Committee (2002).

1989 – 1993


Chief of Police

Lincolnwood Police Department                                         Lincolnwood, Illinois

Responsible for total police operations in a multi-ethnic suburb of Chicago; department operation consists of forty-six total personnel, including joint dispatching for Police, Fire and Emergency Medical Service. The Village is bordered on three sides by Chicago and experiences a disproportionate amount of criminal, traffic and calls for service activity to population due to location, socio-economic standing and business/commercial base.

1986 – 1989 Deputy Chief of Police – Support Services Division                                  Lincolnwood Police Department                                      Lincolnwood, Illinois

Responsible for Detective Unit, fiscal management, training, records, property control, internal investigations, the Emergency Services Team and various other personnel and administrative tasks.



Acting Support Services Division Commander

Wheeling Police Department                                             Wheeling, Illinois

Responsible for Communications and Records Sections, Community Service Officers, training, property control and various other administrative tasks.



Communications/Records Section Supervisor – Support Services Division




Administrative Services

Staff functions, including: Research and analysis; budget; and policy, procedure and general order research and development.



Shift Commander – Field Division




Assistant Shift Commander – Field Division




Police Counselor/Wheeling High School – Youth Officer – Investigation Division




Elementary School District #21 – Liaison Officer/Youth Officer – Investigations Div.




Police Officer – Field Division







Master of Arts – Administration of Justice

Webster University

1976 Associate of Applied Science – Criminal Justice

William Rainey Harper College

1974 Master of Business Administration

Loyola (Chicago) University



Bachelors of Science – Business Administration

Bowling Green State University


Police Training

 2017  Suspect Tactics & Perimeter Containment – Officer Tactics
2015 Forensic Statement Analysis – Richard Whitehead & Associates, LLC
2013 Federal Civil Rights Enforcement – DOJ
2011 Pursuit Policy Workshop – IACP/NHTSA
2010 Advanced Incident Command System, Command and General Staff – Complex Incidents – Bureau of Homeland Security 
2010 Intermediate Incident Command System for Expanding Incidents – Bureau of Homeland Security 
2010 National Incident Management System – FEMA
2010 Use of Deadly Force/Officer Involved Shootings and In-Custody Death Investigations – Critical Incident Management
2010 Lethal and Less Lethal Force – AELE
2009 Appellate Update – Idaho Office of the Attorney General


Canine Legal Update and Opinions Seminar
2003, 2005 & 2009


Taser Instructor Course/Recertification Course




The Investigation of Lethal Force Encounters – Force Science Research Center


1997 & 2005



Street Survival – Calibre Press

Taser Instructor Course




Arrest Techniques




Investigation of Incidents of Excessive/Deadly Force by Police – IACP




Ground Control Techniques




Defensive Aerosol Weapons – Instructor Course




Range 2000 Force – Control Training Simulator – Instructor Course




Skidcar System – Instructor Course




Defensive Aerosol Weapons – User Certification




ASP & Sidehandle Baton – User Certification


2000, 1989-1992


International Association of Chiefs of Police – Annual Conference




Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force – Regional Conference


1997 & 1999


Idaho Criminal Justice Conference – Annual Training Conference




Hate Crime Train-the-Trainer Conference – U.S. Department of Justice


1996 & 1998


Idaho Peace Officers Association – Annual Training Seminar




Domestic Violence – Kootenai County Prosecutor’s Office




Integrity Leadership – National Institute of Ethics




Idaho Narcotics Officers Association – Training Seminar


1987 – 1993


Futures Conference – Office of International Criminal Justice

University of Illinois at Chicago

1988 – 1991


Executive Institute for Suburban Police Chiefs

Northwestern University – Center for Public Safety

1983 – 1990


Graduate Retraining Seminars

Northwestern University – Center for Public Safety


1982 – 1983


Police Administration Training Program

Northwestern University – Center for Public Safety – Management Major – Nine Month Course (Certificate)




Emergency Services Teams


1971 – Present


Various Training Schools

Idaho POST; Foley Institute – Washington State University; Northwestern University – Center for Public Safety; Northwest Police Academy; North East Multi-Regional Training; Americans for Effective Law Enforcement; Police Training Institute (University of Illinois); Illinois State Police; Institute for Criminal Justice (Chicago Kent College of Law); Lake County Juvenile Officers’ Association; International Juvenile Officers’ Association; and Chicago Police Academy (Extension Section).




1995 – Present Presenter – “Workplace Safety” and “Personal Safety”

North Idaho College and various organizations

2008 – 2010 Idaho Criminal Justice Forum – Member & Chairman (2009)

Criminal Justice professionals from various agencies to collect, discuss, and recommend actions and solutions to current issues having impact across the statewide criminal justice community.

2011 Author – “Evaluating the Need for Sworn law Enforcement Personnel Research”

July/August, 2011 – Sheriff

2009 – 2011 North Idaho Violence Prevention Center – Board of Directors

Non-profit organization which provides services to victims of abuse.

2010 Author – “Evaluating the Need for Sworn Law Enforcement Personnel”

Idaho Criminal Justice Forum – Research Paper

2008 Author – “Retaining Your Weapon

March-April, 2008 – Rocky Mountain Information Network Bulletin


2007 Boss of the Year – Nominee

International Association of Administrative Professionals –

Coeur d’Alene Chapter

2005 – 2007 Member – Kootenai County Jail Ad Hoc Committee


2005 Author – “Pepper Spray Policy Redux”

September, 2005 – The Police Chief

2004 – 2006 Instructor – Kootenai County Sheriff’s Department Citizens Academy
1995 – 2007


Presenter – “Workplace Safety” and “Personal Safety”

North Idaho College and various organizations

1994 – 2007


Oral Board Member

Captain and other positions – Kootenai County Sheriff’s Department and Coeur d’Alene (ID) Police Department

2001 – 2011


Instructor – “Introduction to Modern Law Enforcement” and “Ethics, Public Relations & Role in the Community”

North Idaho Reserve Academy (Coeur d’Alene, ID)

2004 Member – Ethics Curriculum Revision Committee

Idaho Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) Council

2004 Member – Financial Crimes Curriculum Revision Committee

Idaho Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) Council

2004 Presenter – “Workplace Violence”, CD Training

The Backup Corp. for Pearson/Prentice Hall – Distributed nationwide for businesses.

1997 & 2004


Member – Patrol Procedures Curriculum Revision Committee

Idaho Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) Council

1996 – 2002


Use of Force Review Board

Kootenai County Sheriff’s Department (Idaho)

1998 – 2001


Member – Kootenai County Criminal Justice Citizen’s Advisory Committee




Author – “The Powell Doctrine Applied to Law Enforcement”

October, 2001 – The Police Chief


2000 Guest – North Idaho College “Public Forum” Television

(Covering the Pacific Northwest and parts of Canada)

Speaker on “Modern Technology and Police Investigations in the Twenty-First Century”



Presenter – “Hate Crimes: A Community Response”

Boise State University



Author – “College Internship – An Aid to Recruitment”

May, 1998 – Law and Order

1989 – 1993 Facilitator: Career Integrity

Instructor: Budgeting

North East Multi-Regional Training

1990 – 1993


Executive Board Member – North Suburban Chief’s of Police

Comprised of over fifty suburban Chiefs of Police.

1992 & 1993


Treasurer – Northern Illinois Police Alarm System (NIPAS)

A mutual aid system, including Emergency Services Teams, between forty-five suburban law enforcement agencies.

1992 & 1993 Member – Foundation Committee, Northwest Police Academy
1990 – 1992 Secretary – Northern Illinois Police Alarm System


1992 President – Northwest Police Academy

A consortium of over forty suburban law enforcement agencies to provide in-service and specialized training programs.

1991 Vice President – Northwest Police Academy


1991 Best Dressed Police Department Award

The Department received a Certificate of Achievement for “Outstanding Achievement” in the 1991 Best Dressed Police Department Program sponsored by the National Association of Uniform Manufacturer’s and Distributors. A picture of the department personnel was featured in the August, 1991 issue of Law and Order.



National Police Administration (Republic of China) – Exchange Program

Northwest Police Academy

Selected as one of four suburban Chicago officers to participate in a nine-day exchange program with the National Police Administration (ROC).



British Police Exchange Program

Police Training Institute (University of Illinois) Alumni Association

Selected as one of six officers from Illinois to participate in a two-week exchange program with the Norfolk (England) Constabulary.

1978 – 1986 Member, Board of Directors – Omni House: Youth Services Bureau
1982 Author – “The Deceptive Economics of Downsizing Squads”

February, 1982 – The Police Chief 

1979 & 1980 Instructor at Harper College – Area Cooperative Program
1980 Author – “Police School Liaison Program”

June, 1980 – Illinois Police Association Official Journal

Summer, 1980 – Illinois Police Officer

1976 – 1979 Vice President – North Suburban Juvenile Officers Association


1976 Outstanding Service Award – Post 1968 American Legion (Wheeling, IL)


Outstanding Young Law Enforcement Officer Award – Wheeling (IL) Jaycees