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From Our Board

We had an interesting February as we diligently worked to fulfill the increased demand for our services. New Jersey Governor Chis Christie and Commissioner Kimberley Harrington of the New Jersey Department of Education visited a L.E.A.D. class this past month. We are very proud that Governor Christie was impressed with the evidence based, proven effective curriculum that we provide in conjunction with the Mendez Family. The event was a great opportunity for our leaders to see firsthand the positive knowledge of 6th Grade Children in Nutley. We would also like to thank the Nutley Police Department and School District for their efforts and assistance.

February ended with the Board convening at our 2nd Annual 21st Century Drug & Violence Prevention Training Conference in Atlantic City to discuss special projects and the challenges of increased demand for services. The conference was a huge success and we will highlight it in our April edition.

What's Happening


Article Appeared on TILTON — This year, the Tilton Police Department is working to forge new partnerships with our schools and the community to increase drug prevention education and anti-bullying education in a new way. Law Enforcement Against Drugs is an evidence based, prevention education program which gives both police officers and teachers the […]

Christie Visits Nutley School, Continues Anti-Opioid Crusade In N.J.

Article Appeared on NUTLEY, NJ — New Jersey governor Chris Christie paid a visit to a Nutley elementary school on Tuesday as part of his recent crusade against opiate abuse, urging students to become active participants in the long-term solution to drug abuse. The governor’s visit with sixth graders at Washington Elementary School in […]

L.E.A.D. on News 12 NJ with Governor Chris Christie

Governor Chris Christie talks with the L.E.A.D. class at Washington Elementary in Nutley, Essex County, about how they will solve the opiod crisis in New Jersey.

The New Jersey Commissioner of Education, Kimberly Harrington, talks with L.E.A.D. students in Nutley!

Monthly Spotlights

School of the Month

Winnisquam Regional Middle School

The Winnisquam Regional Middle School (WRMS) is located in Tilton, NH.  Students from Tilton, Northfield, and Sanbornton attend the school for sixth, seventh, and eighth grade.  Currently 351 students attend WRMS.  Officer Rich Ort, Chief Bob Cormier (both of the Tilton Police Department) and sixth grade teacher Cenanne Sanders were trained in the L.E.A.D. program early in January.  Officer Ort and Cenanne Sanders began teaching the seventh grade L.E.A.D. curriculum to a group of 14 seventh grade students at the end of January.  They look forward to teaching more L.E.A.D. classes next year.

Instructor of the Month

Officer Gary Yannetti


Officer Gary Yannetti has been a police officer with the South Hackensack Police Department since September 13, 2012. While attending the Essex County Police Academy, Officer Yannetti served as a squad leader. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from Fairleigh Dickinson University with a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice and a minor in Forensic Psychology, earning academic honors for his high achievement. As an undergraduate student, he held the role of President of the Criminal Justice Club.

Officer Yannetti is a certified emergency medical technician with experience volunteering for and leading the ambulance corp as Vice President. He volunteered for Hackensack Police Department between 2009 and 2012 as a Special Law Enforcement Officer, class 1b. He has received a Lifesaving Award from the township and Civilian Service Medal from the VFW.

Officer Yannetti is dedicated to community policing and giving back to the community. He works in the township’s Recreation Department organizing various youth programs and events. He has also helped coordinate National Night Out for the past several years in the township and is an instructor for the Hackensack Youth Police Academy.

Officer Yannetti currently teaches the L.E.A.D. program at Memorial School, the same school from which he graduated. He enjoys seeing the students excitement about the interactive learning environment and enagement in the lessons each week. Officer Yannetti appreciates the positive relationship that teaching builds between the students and police officers, and he is honored to serve the community in a variety of ways.

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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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