L.E.A.D. Newsletter - January 2016
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From Our BoardFromOurBoard
It is hard to imagine that we have achieved so much in our first full year of operation! We are extremely
fortunate to have over 85 various Board Members serving many types of expertise throughout the organization. The most gratifying accomplishment as a Board Member is to see the mission of the org anization exceed all expectations. 

We could have never had any success without a total team effort lead by a great management team and staff raising the bar in drug and violence prevention initiatives. The many individuals, children and adults alike that have seen the benefits of our organization is fulfilling and motivates all of us to do more!!! Thank you to the Mendez Foundation for developing such good proven effective curricula to make us the leader in school based law enforcement education! Hop on Board for year 2!!!  

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Mike Luko with his patrol car
Officer Mike Luko started his career in law enforcement with the Egg Harbor City Police Dept. in 1998. Officer Luko has a long history of community service starting back to 1990 where he served as an assistant football coach with the Galloway Twp. Mustangs and from there he served as President and head football coach of the Egg Harbor City Crusaders Youth Athletic Association. He also served as a board member for the Atlantic County Junior Football League and was the Egg Harbor City 2011 Municipal Alliance volunteer of the year. 

Officer Luko's passion to teach kids isn't just limited to the playing fields he started teaching in 2008 when the school district his son attended announced that the law enforcement agency currently teaching was not able to continue. Officer Luko starting teaching at this out of district school on his own time for the next six years. During this time Officer Luko began teaching DARE program and now teaches the L.E.A.D. program in the Egg Harbor City School district to the 5th grade.

School of the Month:

Eatontown Public Schools 

Eatontown Schools

Located in Monmouth County, The Eatontown Public Schools have partnered with the Eatontown Police Department for over 25 years, with a commitment to Drug Education. 

The Eatontown Schools embraced the Law Enforcement Against Drugs- L.E.A.D.- organization since the beginning. The Too Good for Drugs curriculum has been taught in the Public Schools for the past three years with the backing of the Superintendent of Schools and his staff. The Eatontown School District was pleased and eager to assist the L.E.A.D. Organization with the training and certification of twenty one new officers at the first training held in Monmouth County in November of 2015. 

The Eatontown Public Schools look forward to being an active partner with the L.E.A.D. Organization into the future.


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L.E.A.D. is Now a Member of the World Federation Against Drugs!

We are honored to announce that L.E.A.D. is officially a member organization of World Federation Against Drugs! This prestigious organization is a multilateral community of non-governmental groups and individuals who share a common concern of illicit drug use.The WFAD has published reports and hosted national seminars in several countries to educate people about the dangers of illegal drugs.

We look forward to this mutually beneficial relationship between our organizations to help educate students and communities about drug prevention!



Excitement is High as We Come Close to the 2016 L.E.A.D. Conference!

The 2016 L.E.A.D. Conference in Atlantic City on  February 29 through March 2nd will host Keynote speakers Dr. Stephen Sroka - an internationally recognized speaker, trainer, author, teacher and educational consultant on health education, sex, drugs and violence prevention education - and Lt. Colonel Dave Grossman, one of the most requested public speakers in the nation. 

In addition to our amazing keynote speakers, we are hosting a panel discussion on the issue of  Marijuana and the effects of its Legalization on Law Enforcement and Schools from three government agencies in Colorado.   Our panel includes  a Police Chief and representative from the Colorado Attorney General's Office. They will discuss the issues that have resulted from the legalization of marijuana in Colorado.





Michael Song Announced as Guest Speaker at L.E.A.D. Annual Training Conference

L.E.A.D. is proud to announce that Michael Song will be a guest speaker at our Annual Training Conference taking place February 29, March 1 & March 2, 2016 at the new Caesars Conference Center in Atlantic City.

Michael Song is the first Marijuana Attorney for the Attorney General's Office of Colorado...




SGT Sharae from the NJ Army National Guard Appointed to the NJ L.E.A.D. Officer's Advisory Board

L.E.A.D. is proud to announce the appointment of SGT Sharae from the New Jersey Army National Guard to the New Jersey L.E.A.D. Officer's Advisory Board.

SGT Sharae Ali joined the New Jersey Army National Guard in 2007. In 2008, she volunteered to go to Iraq where she served an overseas tour until 2009. She worked in many different positions within the army until she was hired by the Counter drug Task Force in 2014...


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Recycling Program
L.E.A.D. Recycling Project

Any Officer who assists in securing a location for the placement of a clothing recycling container will receive a special credit to their allocated account.

Please call  609-468-3215 for more info!

 
We are co hosting a Comedy Night with Residential Home Funding Corporation on January 19, 2016 at the Sheraton Crossroads in Mahwah, NJ.

Special Guests include Chazz Palmneterri - The Bronx Tale, NY Giants Bart Oates, Rich Voss - Actor/Comedian, Angel Salazar - Scarface, Karen Bergreen - Comedian, and many others!

2016 L.E.A.D. Training ConferenceUpcoming_Events

The conference starts February 29th and continues until March 2nd. 

The event will be held at Harrah's Resort Atlantic City.  






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