Law Enforcement Against Drugs (LEAD) was developed to bring law enforcement drug-and-violence-prevention services to a new level within the Franklin Borough Police Department and the Franklin Borough School Community. The curriculum builds the framework for drug-free living through a fun and interactive journey of setting reachable goals, communicating effectively, and making responsible decisions. The program defines a sequential set of core components to develop students' social-emotional skills and reinforces those skills through interactive activities.
The curriculum highlights the negative effects of alcohol use, tobacco, and marijuana and other narcotics. Students master peer-pressure refusal strategies in order to stay true to the program. The Franklin Borough Police Department is determined to continue the battle against drugs, alcohol, and violence to ensure that the children of Franklin Borough grow up in a safe drug-free community.
The L.E.A.D. curriculum is taught by Officer Jesse Babcock and Officer David Schneider, who both began teaching at the Franklin Elementary School in 2018. Both officers became certified L.E.A.D. instructors after completing over 80 hours of specialized training in areas such as child development, classroom management, teaching techniques, and communication skills.
The department is excited to continue this program and to continue to build a safe place for the children of Franklin to live and grow.