Montclair Police and Montclair Public Schools Partner to Launch LEAD Program

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

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.

Montclair Police Department currently has six instructors that are assigned to the Juvenile Aid Bureau, and Community Service Unit. The instructors at Friday’s kick off were Detective DePoe, Detective Sanders, Detective Rusiniak, and Patrolman Higgins. Detectives Cook and Falaise were not instructingy, 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 Friday were Deputy Chief Young (MPD), Maria Francisco (Renaissance Principal), and Rachel Dunn (6th Grade Social Studies Teacher).

“I would like to thank Dr. Ponds for the partnership with the Police Department to offer the L.E.A.D. Program for the students of our community,” says Chief Conforti.

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  1. Yep, those look like exactly the kind of cool cats that would have talked me out of smoking pot when I was 17

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