ALLENTOWN, NJ- Law Enforcement Against Drugs (L.E.A.D) has recently launched its newest tool in the fight against the opioid drug epidemic, bullying and violence. The new training program called ON THE STREET gives law enforcement a concentrated and innovative one-day certification that will endow them with the evidence-based information needed to keep their communities safe and healthy. The program specifically focuses on drug abuse, drug related crimes, bullying and violence.

The program is available to all New Jersey law enforcement and can be conducted at local locations. The inaugural class was conducted with the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office and the Bergen County Sheriff’s Department.  The class took place at the Law Enforcement Training Center in Hackensack, New Jersey.

“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.

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L.E.A.D. was founded in 2014 and is dedicated to the eradication of drug abuse and drug related crimes from communities across America. L.E.A.D programs are currently offered in 10 states across the country where they advocate not only for the prevention of drug abuse, but for the elimination of bullying and violence. ON THE STREET is currently being added alongside the group’s flagship IN THE CLASSROOM programs that utilizes proven K-12 curricula that develop students’ prosocial skills and their ability to resist pressures to use alcohol, tobacco and drugs.

“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, 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.”