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Hope everyone had a happy & healthy holiday season.

2017 was a spectacular year for L.E.A.D. We are growing constantly and now are in 16 states throughout the country and continue to be the leader in the State of New Jersey for Law Enforcement School Based Drug Prevention.

2018 promises to be another great year as we enter our conference season. We look forward to seeing you all at the conference on March 18-20 in Atlantic City!

What's Happening


Conference Brochure 2018


Training Announcement

January-February 2018 L.E.A.D. TRAINING SCHEDULE Listed below is the schedule and overview for various levels of L.E.A.D. Instructor & Officer Training One Week New Instructor Training: Open to any Officer never trained in any drug and violence prevention program.( Successful completion certifies the Officer as a L.E.A.D. Instructor in the K-8 Too Good for Drugs Curricula.) One […]


Exciting Conference Announcement!

EXCITING CONFERENCE ANNOUNCEMENT L.E.A.D. is proud to announce that Bernard James, Professor of Constitutional Law, Pepperdine University School of Law will be our Keynote Speaker at our 3rd Annual 21st Century Drug & Violence Prevention Training Conference and Marijuana Symposium taking place March 18,19, 20 2018 at Harrah’s Convention Center in Atlantic City, New Jersey Bernard James is a professor of law at Pepperdine […]

Congratulations to the LA Grange, Georgia Police L.E.A.D. Program

Congratulations to The LA GRANGE GEORGIA Police L.E.A.D. program in winning an Award for the L.E.A.D. FLOAT in its Christmas Parade. A BIG Shout out to Chief Lou Delmar of the La Grange Police, President of IACP and L.E.A.D. Executive Board Member along with Lt Eric Lohr and L.E.A.D. Instructor Monica Peterson.

Monthly Spotlights

School of the Month

Mt. Olive Township Schools

Home of the Marauders

The Mount Olive Township Police and The Mount Olive Board of Education have worked hand in hand to set up a fun, interactive, and educational drug education program by bringing LEAD and the Too Good for Drug Curriculum into the Mount Olive School System for a third year.

Corporal Michael Russell, and Officers Brian Braikovich, Casey Grimm, Lonnie Elbaum, Michael Sciscione, David Hering, and Gina Inga are the dedicated officers who instruct the fun and interactive lessons; building the self-confidence young people need to make healthy choices.

Mount Olive Township has four Elementary Schools in the district consisting of approximately 400 students and the officers tasked with going into the school have built lasting friendships with the school staff as well as with the students. Officers make it a point to visit the schools as often as possible, even after LEAD has completed and spend time in the students’ gym classes as well as their lunch time.

Corporal Michael Russell has been tasked with being the L.E.A.D. Program Director, he stated:
“The Officers and I that were selected to instruct this program are excited for the opportunity to interact with the youth of the township and teach a program that promotes positive attitudes and choices."
"I grew up in Mount Olive Township and remember the drug free curriculum having a positive effect on my life. I believe that a direct relationship between the schools, parents, and community, that this curriculum can provide gives kids the opportunity to adopt a positive, healthy mind set which can remain with them throughout their lives"

Chief Stephen Beecher said
“The Law Enforcement Against Drugs program has been successful in helping us build relationship with our community and fellow stakeholders for the benefit of our youth. We are also very grateful for the support of the Mount Olive Municipal Alliance Committee in making these programs such a success.”

Instructor of the Month

Officer Joseph F. Sitty Jr.

"Being able to work with kids and having the opportunity to watch them grow up to become successful young men and women. It’s the biggest reward a person could ask for." - Officer Joseph Sitty Jr.

Officer Joseph F. Sitty Jr. is a 25 year veteran of the North Bergen Police Department, retiring from active duty on August 1, 2012. He first started his career in law enforcement with the Hudson County Police Department in August of 1987. Upon being hired by the Hudson County Police Department, he attended the Basic Police Academy training class #59 at the Bergen County Police and Fire Academy in Mahwah New Jersey. Upon graduating from the academy, Officer Sitty worked the patrol division for one month with the Hudson County Police Department.

On January 22, 1988, Officer Sitty was then hired by the North Bergen Police Department. For the first seven and a half years of his career with the North Bergen Police Department, Officer Sitty was assigned to the patrol division. In 1996 Officer Sitty was selected to attend D.A.R.E. Officer Training at the Bergen County Law & Public Safety Institute in Mahwah to become a school-based police officer. Upon completion of the training, Officer Sitty was reassigned to the Community Services, Juvenile Aid Bureau, and S.R.O. Unit.

Upon taking on the duties as the lead school-based police officer for the North Bergen Police Department, he first provided instruction to the students of four of the seven schools in the township. He worked with 5th grade students from Robert Fulton School, Lincoln School, Kennedy School and St. John’s Nepomucene School. In September 1999, Officer Sitty expanded the program to include the 8th grade students at the same schools. Throughout all the years, Officer Sitty has worked with 23 classes and approximately 650 students a year, and has graduated more than 11,000 students from the North Bergen community. Since the beginning of his career, Officer Sitty had the opportunity to work with students in Franklin School, Horace Mann School and McKinley School. Officer Sitty also organizes field trips to New Jersey Nets basketball games for the students in his 5th grade program. Officer Sitty was also a key organizer of North Bergen’s Junior Police Academy.

In 2004 Officer Sitty was selected as Volunteer of the Year by the State of New Jersey Coalition Against Drug Abuse (Hudson County winner).

On September 1, 2012 Retired Officer Sitty was rehired as the Township of North Bergen’s Community Educational Coordinator/Drug Prevention Instructor. The first year at this new position retired Officer Sitty continued to do the program for the townships 5th grade students. During 2012, retired Officer Sitty was trained as a L.E.A.D. (Law Enforcement Against Drugs) Instructor and L.E.A.D. trainer in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

In September of 2013 the Township of North Bergen decided to switch their drug prevention program from the D.A.R.E. Program to the L.E.A.D. Program, making North Bergen one of the first communities in the State of New Jersey to incorporate proven effective curriculum in the classrooms. Retired Officer Sitty has been a North Bergen L.E.A.D. Instructor since its inception in 2013. Retired Officer Sitty instructs at all six elementary schools. Those schools include Robert Fulton School, Horace Mann School, Lincoln School, Franklin School, McKinley School and Kennedy School. His instruction involves all 5th grade students, 24 classes a week and anywhere between 580 to 620 students a year.

If you ask retired Officer Sitty what he likes best about his job as the townships L.E.A.D. Instructor, he will reply time and time again. “Being able to work with kids and having the opportunity to watch them grow up to become successful young men and women. It’s the biggest reward a person could ask for.” Retired Officer Sitty also stated “I'm very thankful to Mayor Nicholas J. Sacco, Commissioner Allen Pascual, and Chief Robert Dowd for allowing me to work with the students of North Bergen and to work my magic with the kids, into my retirement.”

Development Opportunities

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If you already use Amazon Smile, then simply click here to switch your charity to L.E.A.D.

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.

MARCH 18, 19, 20

The 3rd Annual 21st Century Drug & Violence

The conference will begin on Sunday, March 18, with a full day of curricula training and a large reception with entertainment.

Various opportunities to attend the whole conference or a daily rate will be offered. Special pricing for L.E.A.D. Instructors and Officers will create a unique opportunity to serve the L.E.A.D. family.

Stay tuned for more details!



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