MPD and MPS Partner to Launch LEAD Program

MPD and MPS Partner to Launch LEAD Program
Posted on 03/21/2022

Montclair Police Department/Montclair Public Schools partnership remain strong as ever. Chief Conforti (Montclair Chief of Police) and Dr. Ponds (Montclair Public Schools Superintendent) were on hand for the kick-off of the Law Enforcement Against Drugs (L.E.A.D.) Program today at Renaissance Middle School.

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The L.E.A.D. curriculum is a proven law-enforcement-focused anti-drug/alcohol, anti-violence curriculum for K-12 students. It is currently being taught by more than 3000 trained instructors in 42 states. The 10-week program focuses on how the youth can make smart decisions without the involvement of drugs or violence. The program will be taught to the districts 6th Graders, once a week, for approximately 45 minutes.

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Montclair Police Department currently has six instructors that are assigned to the Juvenile Aid Bureau, and Community Service Unit. The instructors at the program's launch were Detective DePoe, Detective Sanders, Detective Rusiniak, and Patrolman Higgins. Detectives Cook and Falaise were not instructing today, but will in the future. Lieutenant Williams commands the Juvenile Aid Bureau, and the Community Service Unit. Detective Sanders also serves as the districts School Resource Officer (SRO). Others present for today were Deputy Chief Young (MPD), Maria Francisco (Renaissance Principal), and Rachel Dunn (6th Grade Social Studies Teacher).

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