Lake Como resident Nick DeMauro heads L.E.A.D., the fastest-growing drug and violation prevention program in country
ATLANTIC CITY NJ — U.S. drug czar James Carroll will be the keynote speaker during this week’s fifth annual conference of Law Enforcement Against Drugs (L.E.A.D.) — the fastest-growing drug and violence prevention program in the country, headed by Nick DeMauro of Lake Como.
Carroll, who serves as director of the U.S. Office of National Drug Control Policy, will discuss the Trump administration’s support for law enforcement efforts to save lives and keep drugs out of communities, off the streets, and how to work with public health to reduce deaths.
More than 700 officers, educators and others from 20 states are expected to attend the three-day conference, which kicked off on February 23 at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City. Carroll’s talk is scheduled for the February 24 luncheon from 12:30 to 2 p.m.
“We are honored to have director Carroll join our conference to share updates and help advance the discussion on how to meet the challenges of combating and preventing drug abuse,” said DeMauro, executive director and CEO of the Allentown-based nonprofit organization dedicated to preventing drug abuse, deterring drug-related crimes, eliminating violence and bullying, and promoting law enforcement.
“Having the U.S. drug czar as our keynote speaker is a great inspiration to L.E.A.D., as we grow rapidly throughout the country serving law enforcement and educator instructors,” said DeMauro, who also serves on the Lake Como Council. “These men and women are on the frontlines in our communities and in our schools, educating our youth using evidence-based proven effective programs about the dangers of substance abuse.”
The “21st Century Drug & Violence Prevention Training Conference” is designed to give attendees continuing education, an opportunity to connect with colleagues, and relevant and timely information on emerging drug abuse trends. It is open to police chiefs, senior police management, L.E.A.D. instructors, narcotics enforcement officers, school resource officers, superintendents, principals, school-based law enforcement personnel, as well as community and educational leaders.
Last week, DeMauro was a guest on the “Joe Piscopo Morning Show” radio show on AM970 in New York City, discussing L.E.A.D. and the conference. See video below:
Established in 2014, L.E.A.D.’s vision is to create safer, healthier communities free of illegal drugs, bullying and violence with a mission to provide leadership, resources and management to ensure law enforcement agencies have a means to partner with educators, community leaders and families.
L.E.A.D. is the only law enforcement-focused 501(c)(3) drug prevention charitable nonprofit with evidence-based tested and proven effective “alcohol, tobacco, other drugs” curricula for grades K through 12. It includes age-appropriate information on cannabis, opioids, prescription drugs, over-the-counter drugs and the increasing utilization of electronic nicotine delivery systems such as vaping. School districts can decide which curricula — and at which grade level — is most appropriate for their community.
At Belmar Elementary School, Belmar Police Officer Peter Speakman serves as the head officer for the L.E.A.D. program, and Special Officer Derek Fabian serves as school resource officer.
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