ALLENTOWN, NJ -- Jan. 20, 2022 – Law Enforcement Against Drugs & Violence (L.E.A.D.) is a non- profit organization dedicated to bringing communities and law enforcement agencies closer together and educating communities about the dangers of drugs and violence. In partnership with Safer Schools Together (SST), L.E.A.D. will provide training that helps police departments and school personnel to recognize and respond to violence and bullying using Digital Threat Assessment® (DTA). By engaging with popular social media applications, DTA teaches participants to identify the digital behavioral baseline of individuals on the pathway to violence.
Florida leads the nation in teaching students in school about the dangers of drugs and now they will be adding a social media threat assessment to keep students safe.
SST has a proven record of helping schools throughout North America minimize and manage their risks of student violence with reliable, professional training. The International Center for Digital Threat Assessment (ICDTA), a partner of SST, was also established to give threat assessment teams the tools and training needed to prevent tragedy through early identification, so they can intervene at the first sign of worrisome behavior.
“Whether it’s bullying or the possibility of a violent act, L.E.A.D. is at the forefront of providing the training and DTA tools for law enforcement and school districts nationwide,” said Nick DeMauro, CEO of L.E.A.D. “Keeping communities safe is part of our core mission. This partnership is a game changer in providing relevant and much needed information about the validity of social media threats to communities.”
L.E.A.D. is a comprehensive organization providing services ON THE STREET and IN THE CLASSROOM. The “IN THE CLASSROOM” program has 3000 trained instructors in 40 states which include dedicated police officers, teachers and prevention specialists who provide leadership and resources to allow law enforcement agencies to partner with educators, community leaders and families. L.E.A.D. has the only proven, tested effective, law enforcement focused anti-drug and anti-violence curricula for students K-12 in the United States. The L.E.A.D. curriculum is taught over the course of a 10-week program to educate youth on how they can make smart decisions without the involvement of drugs or violence.
“I’m thrilled with our new National Partner, L.E.A.D. who will help us deliver our DTA training to prevent violence,” said Theresa Campbell, CEO of Safer Schools Together. “Our goal at SST is to prevent tragedy by helping law enforcement and schools collect data and use digital tools to understand credible threats. We are honored to assist L.E.A.D. with growing their impact throughout the United States.”
About Law Enforcement Against Drugs & Violence
Law Enforcement Against Drugs & Violence (L.E.A.D.) provides the leadership, resources, and management to ensure law enforcement agencies have the means to partner with educators, community leaders, and families. L.E.A.D. succeeds by providing proven and effective programs to deter youth and adults from drug use, drug related crimes, bullying, and violence. L.E.A.D. is committed to reinforcing the mutual respect, goodwill, and relations between law enforcement and their communities. For more information, visit https://www.leadrugs.org/.
About Safer Schools Together
Safer Schools Together (SST) is committed to ending school violence by encouraging school districts to create positive, safe, and caring learning environments for every student, staff, and parent. By providing law enforcement agencies, school districts, and community partners comprehensive violence prevention and intervention strategies, SST gives teams the tools they need to build capacity and sustainability. For more information, visit https://saferschoolstogether.com/.
About the International Center for Digital Threat Assessment
The International Centre for Digital Threat Assessment (ICDTA) is a partner of Safer Schools Together. Digital Threat Assessment® (DTA) was developed for school safety and threat assessment teams to ensure accurate determinations of level of risk. The goal of DTA training is to give participants a stronger understanding of the current social media world, tools to be able to proactively identify community safety concerns, and strategies to address online situations as they arise. DTA will teach you to gather digital data to inform your next steps and put immediate risk-reducing interventions in place. To learn more, visit https://icdta.org/.