Two organizations working to strengthen law enforcement and community relations form partnership to promote police-community relations
ALLENTOWN, NJ, March 14, 2023–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Law Enforcement Against Drugs & Violence (LEAD), a nationwide nonprofit organization that works with communities to help students understand the dangers of drugs and violence, has partnered with National Night Out (NNO) , an annual community-building campaign that brings police and neighbors together under positive circumstances, this year. As they work together on their shared mission of bridging law enforcement and communities, LEAD and NNO will include each other’s logos on their materials, and NNO will distribute LEAD’s literature to organizations that host NNO events.
On the first Tuesday in August, millions of neighbors participate in NNO across thousands of communities from all fifty states, US territories and military bases worldwide, although Texas and other select areas celebrate the first Tuesday in October. Last year there were 16,621 NNO events where neighborhoods hosted block parties, festivals, parades, cookouts and several other local events with visits from safety demonstrations and emergency personnel.
“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,” said Nick DeMauro, CEO of LEAD “Everyday we have police officers across the country strengthening their relationships with young students by teaching them why it is important to avoid drugs and violence.We are pleased to work with NNO to advance our shared belief in police-community relations and see how working with them continues to change the way people in different communities interact with the police.”
LEAD provides services “on the street” and “in the classroom” as it brings law enforcement and communities closer together. The “in the classroom” program is taught by 3,600 trained instructors in 41 states. LEAD has a proven effective, law enforcement-focused anti-drug and anti-drug violence curriculum for K-12 students in the United States. The LEAD curriculum is taught over a 10-week program to educate youth on how to make smart decisions without involving drugs or violence.
“Since the organization’s primary 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,” said the executive director of the National Association of Town Watch (NATW) and creator of NNO, Matt Peskin. “We appreciate LEAD using education on such a prominent topic, 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 we look forward to continuing to improve police-community ties together.”
LEAD provides leadership, resources and leadership to ensure law enforcement agencies have the means to partner with educators, community leaders and families. LEAD succeeds by delivering proven and effective programs to deter youth and adults from drug use, drug-related crime, bullying and violence. LEAD is committed to strengthening the mutual respect, goodwill and relationships between law enforcement and their communities. For more information, visit https://www.leadrugs.org/.
NNO is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to create safer, more caring neighborhoods. NNO improves relations between neighbors and law enforcement while bringing back a true sense of community. The organization provides a great opportunity to bring police and neighbors together under positive circumstances through its community-building events with seminars, youth activities, exhibitions and more. For more information, visit https://natw.org/.
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