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Chairman's Report

The L.E.A.D. board was busy this month. A great meeting was held with the New England Police Chiefs Association. We are working with them to expand L.E.A.D. throughout New England!

We trained an additional 13 LEADers from New Jersey, Tennessee, Vermont, and Georgia. We now have over 30 certified LEADers to serve your agencies.

The board attended and partnered with the NJSASA TECHSPO Conference in Atlantic City, NJ.

We also concluded another Instructor training in Camden County, NJ and are proud to welcome 20 new L.E.A.D. instructors to help children in NJ.

A special presentation took place at the Bergen County Police Chiefs dinner on January 21 honoring Chief Edward Kasper, a strong L.E.A.D. supporter from Oakland NJ and new President of the Bergen County Police Chief's Association.

Another training was held in New Hampshire certifying officers from New Hampshire, Maine, Massachusetts, and Vermont as L.E.A.D. instructors.

2nd Annual 21st Century Drug & Violence Prevention Training Conference

Our 2nd Annual 21st Century Drug & Violence Prevention Training Conference will be held Sunday February 26, Monday February 27, Tuesday February 28 & Wednesday March 1, 2017, at Harrah’s Conference Center in Atlantic City, NJ.

For more information check out our Conference Page.

Please call L.E.A.D. if you have any questions: 609-259-2500


Harrah’s Conference Center in Atlantic City, NJ.

Special Features

Keynote Speakers
Training Workshops
Cornhole Tournament!

What's Happening


L.E.A.D. is proud to announce that Corporal Edwin L. Santana, a leading expert in Street Gangs from the Morris County New Jersey Sheriff’s Office, will be presenting the Workshop “Gangs: False Promises” at the 2nd Annual 21st Century Drug & Violence Prevention Training Conference that will be held February 26, 27, 28 and March 1, 2017, […]

L.E.A.D. support from Essex Fells Superintendent/Principal

Principal Gadeleta wrote us a letter reflecting on the positive experience she has had with the L.E.A.D. program at her school.

L.E.A.D. INSTRUCTORS TAKING TRAINING PRACTICUM in Winnisquam Middle School, Tilton, NH on Friday January 13

We have a few shots of our Instructors taking training practicum at the Winnisquam Middle School.

2017 Instructor & Officer Training Announcement

The schedule for various levels of officer and instructor L.E.A.D. training can be found below.

Deputy Kimberly Lay Appointed to the L.E.A.D. Instructor Advisory Board

Deputy Kimberly Lay has been a Law Enforcement professional since 2000.She attended the East Tennessee Regional Law Enforcement Academy in 2008 and since graduation, has served the East Tennessee area as a dedicated law enforcement officer. Kim has held different positions during her career including Patrol Officer, School Resource Officer, K9 Officer, and Jail Administrator. […]

Monthly Spotlights

School of the Month

Manchester Township School District

The Manchester Township Police Department L.E.A.D. Officers are proud to work within the Manchester Township School District to educate ~250 fifth grade students throughout three elementary schools on the dangers posed by drugs and crime.

Led by Sgt. Charles Brooks, L.E.A.D. Officers John Decker, Michael Anderson, and Keith Craig play an instrumental role in not only educating students, but forming a strong partnership among the police, schools, parents, and children. By teaching students the good decision making skills they need to avoid high-risk behavior, L.E.A.D. training helps to ensure they grow up healthy, safe and secure. The skills that students learn through this program are important life lessons that will stay with them as they mature.

To celebrate graduation each year students are treated to a Pizza Party featuring DJ entertainment, as well as interactive stations featuring various law enforcement equipment including a Humvee and the New Jersey State Police helicopter.

L.E.A.D. is just one aspect of a multi-faceted approach to student outreach taken by the Manchester Township Police Department. Officers regularly visit elementary students, bringing with them interactive learning stations meant to educate while also forming a familiarity with police. The Department also hosts a week-long Youth Academy each summer, and recently implemented the #NotEvenOnce opiate awareness program for high school seniors.

Instructor of the Month

Lieutenant Mike Owens

(Lt. Mike Owens pictured above instructing fifth graders at Cranbury Elementary)

Lt. Owens was hired by Cranbury Police in 1999.  He worked through the ranks: Patrol, Detective, Sergeant, and in 2009 was promoted to Lieutenant.  He is currently assigned  as Operations Commander Lieutenant.  

He has been in school-based law enforcement since 2001. For the last four years, he has been instructing the L.E.A.D. curriculum in the fifth grade classes at Cranbury Elementary.

Lt. Owens finds that remaining active in the schools, presenting various types of classes and instructing the L.E.A.D. curriculum has really been one of the most rewarding parts of his career as a Law enforcement Officer.  In a small town, becoming involved in the school has been a great way to become “known” in the community in a positive way.  It has also been a great measure of time in his career to watch the kids he “used to teach” grow to be productive adults in life.  He has had the pleasure to work with some great staff from Cranbury Elementary school as well as who support Cranbury Police and the L.E.A.D. Program.

Lt. Owens has been married to his lovely wife, Jennifer, for 14 years, and has two children. His son, Cooper, is a fifth grader, and his daughter Eva is a sixth grade middle school student. They live in Wall Township and in his off time, he enjoys working around the house, boating, beaching, and fishing.

Development Opportunities

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Recycling Program!

Any Officer who assists in securing a location for the placement of a clothing recycling container will receive resources to help your local program.


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