New Anti-drug/violence program - L.E.A.D.

posted Aug 25, 2015, 12:44 AM by John McGinnis   [ updated Sep 2, 2015, 6:18 AM ]

The Medford Lakes Police Department is proud to introduce our new anti-drug/violence program.  Law Enforcement Against Drugs (LEAD) replaces the Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) program and brings law enforcement drug and violence prevention to a new level. 

The Too Good For Drugs (TGFD) Grade 5 curriculum builds the framework for drug-free living through a fun and interactive journey of setting reachable goals, communicating effectively, and making responsible decisions.  The program defines a sequential set of core components to develop students' social emotional skills and reinforces those skills through interactive activities.    The curriculum highlights the negative effects of alcohol use, tobacco, and marijuana.  Students master peer-pressure refusal strategies in order to stay true to the Too Good way of life. 

The Medford Lakes Police Department is determined to continue the battle against drugs, alcohol, and violence to ensure the children of Medford Lakes grow up in a safe drug-free community.  

The L.E.A.D. curriculum is instructed by Sergeant John McGinnis who has been teaching each 5th Grade Class at Neeta School since 2009.  Sergeant McGinnis became a certified L.E.A.D. instructor after completing over 80 hours of specialized training in areas such as child development, classroom management, teaching techniques, and communication skills. 

LEO the L.E.A.D. Labrador