Wayne Township, along with the Wayne Board of Education, has teamed up to provide every 5th grade student in the Township of Wayne, a ten (10) week Anti-Drug program called L.E.A.D. (Law Enforcement Against Drugs).
This Wayne Alliance sponsored program is an evidence-based, non-profit program, that develops the social and emotional skills of all students.
Wayne Police Officers have completed 40 hours of L.E.A.D. instructor training in order to effectively administer the curriculum to the students. These Police Officers visit each individual fifth-grade class once a week for ten (10) weeks. Each individual block of instruction lasts approximately 45 minutes.
The core lessons that the L.E.A.D officers teach include the following topics:
- Good Decision Making
- Ways to refuse peer pressure
- Effective Communication
- Selecting good friends
- Managing Anger
- Self-Esteem Building
- Conflict Resolution
- Dangers related to Alcohol, Tobacco, and Drug Use
The L.E.A.D. program goal is to build solid emotional foundations, which will, in turn, lead to better decision-making later in the student's life. Additionally, there is an emphasis on recognizing the many subtle pressures that influence them to experiment with alcohol and drugs.
For additional information, please contact the Detective Bureau at 973-633-3530.