Rick Leonardini is the co-founder and lead consultant for Blackrock Firearms Training.
Rick spent 23 years with the Fairfield Police Department. He served in numerous assignments and ranks before retiring in May, 2011. His supervisory and management assignments included Personnel and Training Sergeant, Lieutenant of the Special Operations Division, and Captain in command of both the Bureau of Field Operations and Bureau of Support Services.
Rick was a sixteen year member of his agency’s SWAT Team and attended a number of operator and instructor-level courses for the weaponry employed by his tactical team. He served as an operator, team leader and eventually rose to the position of Assistant Commander of the SWAT Team until his promotion to Captain in 2004. As Captain he implemented and commanded the Emergency Services Unit which encompassed SWAT, Mobile Field Force, Hostage Negotiating team and the Terrorism Liaison Officers.
Rick served as the agency’s lead firearms instructor as well as the lead firearms instructor for the SWAT Team. As the Personnel and Training Sergeant, he also served for a number of years as his agency’s rangemaster and was the driving force in the development of the first Active Shooter course in the region. Rick served as the lead instructor for a number of well received Active Shooter courses.
In 2001, Rick assumed responsibility for the Special Operations Division. Since this Division included Personnel and Training, Rick remained active in determining the training plan for the department. Rick was instrumental in implementing a new and highly effective firearms training curriculum and took on the role of project manager for the construction of the department’s 30,000 square-foot training facility. This multi-year project resulted in a state of the art indoor facility which includes a 25-yard indoor pistol range, 100-yard indoor rifle range; defensive tactics mat room, three driving simulators and interactive force option simulator.
Captain Leonardini’s service as both a firearms instructor and second in command of a law enforcement agency provided him a unique insight into the training requirements, management responsibilities and financial constraints of a successful law enforcement training program. Rick has a proven life-long commitment to training and the law enforcement profession through his training and administrative efforts. Rick’s commitment to law enforcement training continues today through his efforts with Blackrock Firearms Training.