Colonel Sanford D. “Sandy” Mangold (USAF, retired) has been selected by the LVPPA as the new director of the Law Enforcement Assistance Fund (LEAF). In this capacity, he will be responsible for administering the funds to support the family members of fallen LVPPA officers who died in the line of duty. He is also responsible for developing new funding sources for LEAF and investigating expanded use of LEAF to support all LVPPA members and their families (scholarships, tuition assistance for summer sports camps, short-term financial assistance and more).
Sandy graduated with honors from the University of Florida. He earned a Master of Science degree in systems management from the School of Engineering at the Air Force Institute of Technology (GPA 3.73). He was a Distinguished Graduate from the Air Command and Staff College, and graduated from the Naval War College with a Master of Arts degree in national security affairs. He has also graduated from the FBI Citizens Academy, the LVMPD Citizens’ Police Academy and the Drug Enforcement Administration Citizens Academy. Sandy serves as the executive director of the FBI National Citizens Academy Alumni Association and board president of Life Savers of Zambia. He has been a college professor for 29 years and teaches in the Graduate School at the University of Nevada Las Vegas in the executive crisis and emergency management master’s degree program. He previously worked as a firefighter and a certified EMT while stationed in Houston, Texas.
Sandy served in the Middle East on the Tigris River (75 miles north of the Syrian border) and his unit was named the Best Squadron while under this command. He has been awarded the Legion of Merit, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, five AF Meritorious Service Medals P# 15054 and four Air Force Commendation Medals. He recently received the FBI National Citizens Academy Meritorious Service Medal (2016).
Sandy is married, with three children and four grandchildren.