With former NYPD
“The bravest are surely those who
have the clearest vision of what is before them,
Glory and danger alike,
And yet notwithstanding,
go out and meet it.”
Thucydides Leslie Casbar
PO Box 290773, Fort Lauderdale FL 33329-0773
As founder of
Policeology; Tom has traveled nationally and internationally training fellow
officers in areas such as leadership, drug enforcement supervision, juvenile
justice, school safety and critical incident preparedness. Policeology LLC is a
multilingual and multicultural provider of world-class police training. we specialize
in law enforcement and security consulting and training. Our goal is to
provide innovative, professional, and quality solutions for law enforcement and
Chief Tom Sanchez brings 30 years of combined local, state and
federal law enforcement experience to this position.
He has held a command level rank since 2002. His responsibilities have included directing
and controlling such major segments of the Police Department as Patrol, Special
Operations, Criminal Investigations, HIDTA Task Forces, Code Enforcement and
Professional Standards of the department. Tom has supervised high risk units
such as, SWAT, Hostage Negotiators, K-9, Field Force, Narcotics and Street
Crimes. As the Executive Director of the Police Athletic League, he has
initiated, directed and organized “Heroes in Action” a fundraising event held at
the Hard Rock Live consisting of Police vs. Fire boxing.
Having authored over $17.2 million in a variety of grants, Tom serves as a
Federal Grant Reviewer for law enforcement related grants. As a subject matter
expert on school safety for the National Institute of Justice. since 2002
he has worked on various projects. Most notable projects include:
1. In March 2013 he participated in an NIJ law enforcement think tank regarding
the then recent Sandy Hook School Shooting.
In 2010, he presented on the topic of Active Shooter Crisis Plans at the
Technology Critical Incident Conference hosted by U.S. Department of Defense in
From 2007- 2009 Tom assisted in providing input to National Institute of
Justice Active software provider to create; Active Shooter Training for the
Responding Officer “ASTRO” a windows-based simulation tool that allows a law
enforcement officer to be immersed in active shooter scenarios. The law
enforcement officer must make decisions and act on those decisions to bring an
end to the threat.
From 2003- 2007 he participated in the creation of “Incident Commander”,
released by the Department of Justice in 2007, is a ground-breaking training
tool that employs PC game technology to allow first responders to train anytime,
anywhere to coordinate a multi-agency response to a natural or manmade disaster.
The Crisis Plans he has implemented have been instituted by over 45 schools,
daycares, and government buildings along with Special Events. The plans assisted
in Dignitary protection of visiting Presidents in the past 10 years. Tom has
done consulting on Crisis Plans for The National Institute of Justice, Eastern
Kentucky University, Clark County Schools in Nevada and Miami-Dade Schools in
Florida. Tom has conceptualized, organized and conducted some of the largest
full scale School Active Shooter exercises in the country with over 200 role
In 2004, Tom was
appointed by the South Florida HIDTA Director to manage and oversee the Broward
County High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) offsite which comprises of
over 300 law enforcement personnel from various agencies. He systematically
cultivated and maintained long-term collaborative relationships with key law
enforcement agencies. Tom expanded the South Broward Drug Unit by recruiting a
number of law enforcement agencies while providing leadership to a Task Force
with 74 members from 10 different agencies (federal, state, local).
Most recently, Tom authored Exemplary Police Leadership Manual.
This manual includes the top 10 Dimensions of exemplary police leaders. Tom has
been using these leadership dimensions to tutor promotional candidates of all
ranks for over 15 years. He is currently conducting workshops worldwide to train
In addition to his police. Tom has worked as a State of Florida Correctional
Officer, a Federal Correctional Officer and proudly served in the U.S. Army. He
has taught Criminal Justice as a college professor and has published numerous
articles in both national and international policing periodicals.
He has been quoted in “Proactive Police Management” by Thibault.
In 2013, Tom was
one of only two Americans selected to participate in an international police
work experience program in the UK.
The following articles can be opened in Adobe
Reader by clicking on the titles.
Cops Mentoring Kids: An Investment in Crime REduction, FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin, February 2017
- Redefining School Police Officers Roles FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin, Community Police Outreach, December2016
Police Word, Vol 59, No.12014
Policing at its Genesis
Published on this website Spring 2013
The Police Chief, Aug 2007 & TechBeat, NIJ publication, Spring 2007
2005 edition, Co-Authored this National Association of School
Resource Officers management manual.
Marijuana Grow Houses, New Horizon (Hollywood Government
newsletter), Fall 2005
Youth Referral System;
The Police Chief, September 2004
Deals Effectively with Street Vendors;
The Florida Police Chief, March 2004
The Resourcer Magazine, September 2003
Crisis Plans: Tools for School Safety;
The Police Chief, April 2003
New Youth Programs;
Promising Strategies From the Field, A National Overview, COPS Office, March
Cops Mentoring Kids;
The Police Chief and The Florida Police Chief front cover June 2002
The Florida Police Chief front cover, February 2002;
The Florida Police Chief front cover, February 2002
- Quoted and presenter The Unprecedented Opioid Epidemic, Police Executive Research Forum, page 72 September 2017
- Quoted in Proactive Police Management 8th Edition 2011, page 191 by Thibault. (textbook)
- Quoted in Juvenile Justice in America 6th Edition 2010, page 114 by Clemens F. Bartollas, Stuart J. Miller (textbook)
- Quoted in International Police Association Russia Magazine No 13-14, 2009