L.E.A.D. Program

Our Children deserve a proven effective education/prevention curriculum that provides them with the critical information and skills they need to live healthy lives free of substance abuse and violence.

That is why the Woolwich Township Police Department is a proud participant in the Law Enforcement Against Drugs (L.E.A.D) initiative, an evidence based program that works with law enforcement and educators to create safer, healthier communities free of drugs, bullying, and violence. We have five police officers who are certified L.E.A.D instructors.

  • Sgt. Joseph Rieger
  • Sgt. Anthony Verrilli
  • Cpl. Stephen Spithaler
  • Ptl. Dominick Colavita
  • Ptl. Bay Kasten

These officers instruct the L.E.A.D program to the 6th grade students enrolled in the Sweseboro/Woolwich and South Harrison School Districts. The L.E.A.D curriculum consists of ten scripted 45 minute lessons that sets the framework for drug and alcohol prevention. Each lesson encourages student participation through the use of role play and in class games. Lessons one though five focuses on skill development and character education. Throughout lessons one though five students will learn how to set and reach personal goals, make responsible decisions, identify and manage emotions and communicate effectively. In lessons six through ten students are educated about the dangers of drugs and apply the skills learned in the first five lessons to confidently resist negative peer pressure.