Territo, Leonard

Title: Distinguished Professor of Criminal Justice

Department: Department of Criminal Justice

Phone: 352-588-7530

Email: leonard.territo@saintleo.edu


  • Associate of Arts, Police Administration, Saint Petersburg College
  • Bachelor of Arts, Interdisciplinary Social Science, University of South Florida
  • Master of Arts, Political Science, University of South Florida
  • Doctor of Education, Nova Southeastern University

Dr. Leonard Territo is a distinguished professor in the Department of Criminal Justice at Saint Leo University, Saint Leo, Florida, as well as professor emeritus in the Department of Criminology at the University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida.  He also served for almost nine years with the Tampa Florida Police Department and had assignments as a patrol officer; motorcycle officer; homicide, rape, and robbery detective; internal affairs detective; and member of the police academy training staff.  Dr. Territo is the former chairman of the Department of Police Administration and Director of the Florida Institute for Law Enforcement at St. Petersburg Junior College (now St. Petersburg College), St. Petersburg, Florida.  Dr. Territo has served as a lecturer throughout the Unites States and has instructed a wide variety of police subjects to thousands of law enforcement officials.

Community Affiliation:

  • International Association of Chiefs of Police

Teaching & Professional Interests:
He has for the past five years been teaching a university class titled International Sex Trafficking of Women and Children and has also been involved as both an instructor and coordinator in the training of in-service policy offers at Saint Leo University each summer in a course titled International Sex Trafficking.  He is also interested in all aspects of police administration, but specifically stress management in law enforcement.

Honors & Awards:

  • Selected for inclusion in “Who’s Who” in American Law Enforcement
  • Selected as Florida’s “Outstanding Criminal Justice Educator” by the Florida Criminal Justice Educators Association
  • Cited for ten years of “Meritorious Service” by the Florida Police Chiefs Association
  • Given the “Outstanding Teacher Award” by the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida
  • Cited for twenty-five years of teaching and meritorious service to the Tampa Florida Policy Academy
  • Awarded the Saint Leo University, Saint Leo, Florida Outstanding Publication Award

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