Effective May 12, 2019, Terrell Leonard has been appointed and assumed responsibility as the Special Agent in Charge (SAC) of the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) Office of Justice Services (OJS) District VI (DVI) Office in Nashville, TN. The DVI Office oversees Indian Country law enforcement operations within the BIA Eastern Region jurisdiction servicing the State of Maine, south to Florida, then west to Louisiana by providing oversight and assistance for BIA OJS programs to 35 federally recognized tribes.
Prior to this assignment, SAC Terrell Leonard served in the Assistant Special Agent in Charge (ASAC) position within the DVI Office for the previous four years. SAC Leonard's has 25 years of law enforcement experience (since 1985), during which time he served in various positions with the United States Army Criminal Investigation Division, BIA Internal Affairs, and BIA OJS Professional Standards.
As the DVI SAC, his responsibilities include review and approval of all P.L. 93-638 Law Enforcement and Detention Contract proposals and successor Annual Funding Agreements (AFA); BIA Special Law Enforcement Commissions (SLEC); and Memorandums of Agreement, Memorandums of Understanding, Mutual Aid Agreements, and other pertinent government-to-government agreements as authorized. In addition to responsibilities as an Approving Official for P.L. 93-638 Law Enforcement Contracts, SAC Leonard functions as the BIA Awarding Official’s Technical Representative (AOTR). As the AOTR he is responsible for routinely monitoring all tribal law enforcement and corrections programs contracted by a Tribe through a P.L 93-638 contract to ensure compliance with all federal laws and regulations and/or established policies and procedures outlined within the self-determination contracts. SAC Leonard also conducts periodic reviews of self-governance Tribes who receive funding to operate law enforcement programs to ensure compliance with minimum standards outlined within 25 C.F.R. § 12.