After more than 30 years of distinguished service to the Chula Vista Police Department, San Diego County and the Southern California region, Captain Leonard Miranda will retire on Thursday, September 9, 2010.
Miranda began his career in 1979 as a reserve officer and was hired full-time by the CVPD in 1982. While attending the Miramar Police Academy, his exceptional performance earned him the distinction of Honor Graduate. In his career he worked a variety of assignments including Traffic, Juvenile Investigations, Crimes of Violence, and N.E.T., and for several years he was a member of S.W.A.T., eventually becoming the team commander. Captain Miranda promoted quickly through the organization and has held his current rank of Captain for 13 years, during which time he led various divisions including (then) Special Operations, Administrative Services, and Investigations.
He is a graduate of the West Point Leadership program at L.A.P.D., and P.O.S.T. Command College, Class 39.
While Leonard's accomplishments are many, most recently he was the driving force behind a multi-agency, $3 million Bureau of Justice Assistance grant award focusing on cross-border violence. During this effort he spoke to Senators Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein, several congressional members, and the Assistant Secretary of Homeland Security, Alan Bersin, giving them insight into the scope of cross-border crime and its impacts and the unprecedented cooperation by San Diego County law enforcement in the fight against cross-border crime. His expertise in the subject matter is well-known throughout the region, and he is often sought as a guest speaker.
Those who have worked closely with Leonard know he is a consummate professional with an unwavering work ethic, a passion for the profession, and a commitment to excellence that has served the city and the department well throughout his career.
Please join in congratulating Leonard on a successful career, and wishing him the best as he and his family move on to the next chapter of their life.
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