Chief Leone sits at his desk

Read about the items that have meaning to him, including family photos and awards his department has received for community policing, in the latest issue of “CATALYST” magazine.

Photo: Thomas Leone, MSL, chief of police and assistant vice president of public safety. Photo by Carin Cardella

The University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) campus is one of the safest places in the city to live, work, learn, and visit. This is due in large part to the officers and employees of UMB Police and Public Safety, led by Thomas Leone, MSL, and his community-oriented police strategy that is praised nationwide.

Leone was named chief of police in fall 2021 after serving as interim chief for more than a year, then was promoted to assistant vice president for public safety and chief of police in January 2023.

“Tom has pioneered new initiatives. He has increased the department’s robust training program; championed diversity, equity, and inclusion; and used data-driven strategies to keep crime low at UMB,” Dawn M. Rhodes, DBA, chief business and finance officer and senior vice president, said when Leone was promoted in January. “Tom embodies the core values set of Respect and Integrity and consistently works to change the UMB Police Department for the better.”

When he isn’t out working in the UMB community, you can find Leone at his desk, where he displays several items of meaning to him.

The first are family photos, including some from when he was sworn in as UMB police chief.

“My family is a reason why I do all of this,” he says of his wife of 30 years, Kelli, and their children, Tyler, Brent and Alli, and 8-year-old grandson Adam.

Read more about Chief Leone in the latest issue of CATALYST magazine.

You can read the Fall 2023 issue of CATALYST magazine, which highlights UMB's Center for Violence Prevention and its executive director; the University's three new deans; UMB's many innovations such as the School of Pharmacy training students to administer long-acting injectables; community initiatives such as the Community Engagement Center's workforce programs; UMB’s sustainability efforts to install a weather station; and much, much more!

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