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Leslie Taylor, Ph.D.

Portrait of Leslie Taylor, 2023 NIJ LEADS Civilian
Program Services Manager; 2023 NIJ LEADS Civilian Scholar
Broward Sheriff’s Office

Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Leslie is a research, planning and evaluation professional with twenty-five years combined experience in program management, program implementation and evaluation, strategic planning, grants, and applied research.

He is currently the Program Services Manager in the Youth and Neighborhood Services Bureau where he oversees organizing and implementing assessments, performance reviews, evaluation, and applied research projects; and identifying current best practices and evidence-based strategies for supporting agency initiatives.  His work focuses on research and program development, policy review/update and analysis, and data and information dissemination.  He has also successfully developed, monitored, and evaluated evidence-based technical projects and grants for several Department of Law Enforcement units and divisions.  He joined the Broward Sheriff’s Office in 2003 as a Research and Development Coordinator where he served as a research, planning and statistical resource for the largest sheriff’s agency in the state of Florida and performed professional supervisory work in the coordination and administration of various programs and projects. 

Leslie holds a Master of Public Administration (MPA) from the University of North Florida and a Ph.D. in Public Administration (Policy and Planning) from Florida Atlantic University.  He has published journal articles, book chapters and made presentations to academic as well as professional conferences.  His research interests are in collaborative governance, juvenile justice, crisis intervention and emergency management.  His passion is to teach and train the next generation of policy analysts and planners to become effective public leaders.  He has instructed several graduate courses in policy and planning, executive leadership, criminal justice and crisis and emergency management as an Adjunct Professor at Florida Atlantic University and Nova Southeastern University.

Date Created: August 8, 2023