L.E.A.D. Program

Law Enforcement Against Drugs (LEAD) was developed to bring law enforcement drug and violence prevention services to a new level.  The Too Good For Drugs (TGFD) in 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 Chief John McGinnis who has been teaching each 5th Grade Class at Neeta School since 2010.  Chief 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.  In January 2017, Corporal McHugh became a certified L.E.A.D. instructor and currently teaches the program as well.


Redesigned 2003 Ford Ranger "Community Policing/L.E.A.D." vehicle

LEO the L.E.A.D. Labrador


2023 L.E.A.D. Graduation @ Beach 1

2022 L.E.A.D. Graduation @ Beach 1

2019 L.E.A.D. Graduation @ Beach 1

2018 L.E.A.D. Graduation @ Beach 1

2017 L.E.A.D. Graduation @ Beach 1

2016 Neeta School L.E.A.D. Graduation @ Beach 1

2015 Neeta School L.E.A.D. Graduation @ Beach 1

2013 Neeta School D.A.R.E. Graduation @ Beach 1

5th Grade Neeta School Students & DARE Officer McGinnis

2013 Neeta School 5th Grade Classes

2012 D.A.R.E. Graduation

2011 D.A.R.E. Graduation @ Neeta School

2010 D.A.R.E. Graduation @ Neeta School

On March 11, 2004 Medford Lakes Council passed Resoultion 52-04 accepting the gracious donation of a 2003 Ford Ranger Pick-up Truck from the Medford-Vincentown Rotary Club. The truck was to be outfitted and utilized as the Medford Lakes Police Department's D.A.R.E. vehicle.   The vehicle was then painted thanks to the hard work and donations of the Burlington County Institute of Technology (BCIT-Medford).  Murphy's Market has graciously donated food and drinks for our D.A.R.E. graduations each year.  We would like to thank Medford-Vincentown Rotary Club, Medford Lakes Lions Club, BCIT, Murphy's Market and everyone who has donated and supports the D.A.R.E. program.

D.A.R.E. Truck (2003 Ford Ranger)

D.A.R.E. Truck @ Beach 1 

Award Winning D.A.R.E. Vehicle 

Darren the D.A.R.E. Lion