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Lake Como Resident Launches Innovative Program to Help Law Enforcement Combat Opioid Drug Abuse

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Lake Como resident Nick DeMauro takes questions at the first L.E.A.D. On the Street training that gives law enforcement evidenced-based practices to help fight drug abuse, bullying and violence. Credits: Courtesy of L.E.A.D. (Law Enforcement Against Drugs)
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ALLENTOWN, NJ — New Jersey law enforcement will now have another tool available to help them combat the opioid drug epidemic, bullying, and violence.

L.E.A.D. (Law Enforcement Against Drugs) launched its On the Street training program, a new and innovative one-day certification program to give law enforcement the evidence-based information they need to bring “best practices” back to their agencies to create safer, healthier communities. It is taught addressing four key issues: drug abuse, drug-related crimes, bullying and violence.

“L.E.A.D. On the Street law enforcement training is rooted in current research that is aligned with prevention science. Yes, science is important, but it doesn’t do anyone any good unless we get it into the hands of our officers who interact with the community. And, our program does that,” said Nick DeMauro of Lake Como, executive director and CEO of L.E.A.D. “Law enforcement officers are our link to the front line: in our schools, in the classrooms and on the street. Our programs help them in their fight against drug abuse, all forms of bullying and violence.”

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Available to all New Jersey law enforcement at local locations, the first program was launched in collaboration with the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office and the Bergen County Sheriff’s Department at the Law Enforcement Training Center in Hackensack. “We are proud to partner with L.E.A.D. to provide the On the Street training program to law enforcement officers from Bergen County and the surrounding areas. It is vital that our officers be equipped to combat addiction and bullying,” said Bergen County Sheriff Michael Saudino.

“Great training and an excellent educational experience. Every cop in the world should have it,” said Detective Chris Liptick who attended the first training class.

Recently partnering with the National Association of School Resource Officers, L.E.A.D. programs are currently offered in 10 states and continue to gain recognition throughout the country. “L.E.A.D. has become the largest school-based law enforcement organization in New Jersey, and our goal is to expand into more states,” said DeMauro. “We are proud to be the only law enforcement organization focused on offering services for both in our schools and on our streets.”

To sign-up for training or become a host training site, visit www.LEADrugs.org or call 609-259-2500.

About L.E.A.D.

L.E.A.D., established in 2014, is a comprehensive initiative that includes In the Classroom and On the Street programs with a mission to prevent drug abuse, deter drug related crimes, eliminate violence and bullying, and promote law enforcement. L.E.A.D. is supported by dedicated law enforcement officers committed to protecting youth and communities by collaborating with educators, community leaders, families and L.E.A.D. support organizations.

L.E.A.D. is the only law enforcement-focused 501(c)(3) charitable organization that uses proven effective evidence-based K-12 curricula in its In the Classroom program, in partnership with the Mendez Foundation and its Too Good For Drugs and Too Good For Violence family of curricula. These scripted lessons help promote the development of students’ prosocial skills as well as skills to resist pressures to use alcohol, tobacco, and drugs.The program also teaches life skills such as conflict resolution, decision making and effective communication.

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