Law Enforcement Against Drugs and Violence (LEAD) and National Night Out (NNO), two organizations that promote coexistence and cooperation between law enforcement agencies and citizens, are now working together in a new partnership with a common mission to strengthen the harmonious relationship between the police and the communities they are tasked with protecting.
LEAD is a national nonprofit that works with local communities to help students understand the dangers of drugs and violence, and NNO is a nationwide campaign that holds annual events that emphasize community development and bring police officers and neighbors together for positive interactions. The aim of the events is to build trust between the police and their local communities.
Nick DeMauro, CEO of LEAD said:
It was important to us to partner with an organization that also works to improve the bond between law enforcement and communities, so we are confident that NNO is the perfect match.
With the exception of Texas and other select areas, which hold similar events on the first Tuesday in October, millions of residents in thousands of communities in all 50 states, US territories and military bases around the world lead block parties, festivals, parades, cookouts and other activities on the first Tuesday in August, known as National Night Out.
“Every day we have police officers across the country who strengthen their relationship with young students by teaching them why it is important to avoid drugs and violence. We are excited to work with NNO to advance our shared belief in police-community relations and see how partnering with them continues to change the way people in diverse communities interact with the police,” added DeMauro.
We are proud to announce that we have entered into a national partnership with National Night Out! Our two organizations have partnered to promote police-community relations and are working to strengthen the relationship between law enforcement and their communities! pic.twitter.com/NSy1kDo7hh
— LEAD (@weare_LEAD) 14 March 2023
Whether ‘on the street’ or ‘in the classroom’, LEAD offers various initiatives to strengthen the relationship between police departments and communities.
‘In the Classroom’ is a program taught by 3,600 trained instructors in 41 states, taught over the course of 10 weeks to educate K-12 students across the United States how to make smart decisions without drugs or violence.
“Since the organization’s main mission is to help communities understand that police officers are people they should trust instead of fear, we couldn’t think of a better partnership than with LEAD. We appreciate that LEAD uses education on such a prominent issue. issues, the dangers of drugs and violence, to improve relations between police forces and communities. We are delighted to be attending their annual drug and violence prevention conference later this month and look forward to continue to improve police-community ties together,” said Matt Peskin, executive director of the National Association of Town Watch (NATW) and creator of NNO.