Geoffrey Leggett was named Interim Chief of Police for the City of Surprise in January 2021, having served Surprise since 2011. Geoff has served as a law enforcement officer in Arizona for over 37 years; working for the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office and the Surprise Police Department. Highlights of his career include serving as the Basic Training Academy Commander, Investigations Commander, Patrol Commander and as an operator, supervisor and Commander in SWAT.
Geoff holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Police Science and Administration as well as a Masters Degree in Educational Leadership from Northern Arizona University. He is also a graduate of the FBI National Academy, 219th Session. Geoff serves as a member of the executive board for the Arizona Chapter of FBI National Academy Associates. In this role he serves as the director of the Arizona Leadership Education and Development (ALEAD) program. The ALEAD program is designed to provide high school age youth with the basic understanding and practicing leadership principles.
Geoff is a member and trainer for the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation assisting individuals who have been involved in critical incidents. In 1995, he formed a Critical Incident Stress Management Team for his agency and has helped many other agencies form teams and respond to critical incidents. In October of 2001, he coordinated a response of Arizona law enforcement personnel to Ground Zero to work with members of the New York City Police Department and help them cope with the September 11th disaster.