L.E.A.D., Law Enforcement Against Drugs, creates partnerships between educators, community leaders, and families by providing proven and effective programs to deter youth and adults from drug use, drug related crimes, bullying and violence. Each year, Elizabeth police officers meet with over 2000 fifth graders to speak with them about creating a safer and healthier community that is free of drugs, bullying and violence. Formally known as the D.A.R.E. program, L.E.A.D. places specially trained police officers into every fifth grade classroom, once a week, for 17 weeks. L.E.A.D. provides students with up-to-date and accurate information on the consequences and health risks of substance abuse. By emphasizing safe and healthy recreational alternatives, L.E.A.D. officers help fifth graders build upon their self-esteem. 

 The L.E.A.D program concludes their academic year with a graduation and each student that successfully completes the program receives a L.E.A.D. certificate and an Elizabeth Police Department L.E.A.D. graduate t-shirt. 

For more information visit: https://www.leadrugs.org/