Ernest H. Leffler
Ernie Leffler currently serves as the Executive Director of Public Safety and Chief of Police of the Bentley University Police Department in Waltham, MA. Chief Leffler has over 42 years of experience in campus law enforcement beginning his career with the Northeastern University Public Safety Division. At the time of his departure from NUPD, he served as the Captain responsible for the patrol operation. In December 1998, he was appointed Chief of Police at Bentley University where he is credited with enhancing the overall professionalism of the department by developing a robust community policing program, improving training standards for all department personnel and with developing strong ties with both campus, municipal, state and federal law enforcement agencies. In 2016, with the assistance of his dedicated staff, the Bentley University Police Department was awarded Certification and later received Initial Accreditation in 2017.
Chief Leffler holds a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice and a Master’s degree in Public Administration both from Northeastern University. He is a former North Atlantic Regional Director of the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (IACLEA), a former president of the Massachusetts Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (MACLEA) and currently serves as its treasurer. In 2012 he was appointed to and continues to serve on the executive board of the Massachusetts Chiefs of Police Association representing campus law enforcement. In 2013, the Massachusetts Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (MACLEA) presented Chief Leffler with the “James Olivieri Award” for his outstanding leadership in campus policing. He is also a member of MPA, IACP, PERF, NECUSA and ASIS.