2016 Instructor of the Year Announcement

L.E.A.D. is proud to announce that Detective Sergeant James Teehan of the Paramus New Jersey Police Department was named the 2016 Instructor of the Year at our 2nd Annual 21st Century Drug & Violence Prevention Training Conference.

Detective Sergeant James Teehan has been a Police Officer with the Paramus Police Department since August 1, 1995. Sgt. Teehan is currently assigned to the juvenile bureau and community outreach division. Trained as a school based instructor in 2001 he has been actively teaching law enforcement school based programs in the Paramus elementary and middle schools since.

Sgt. Teehan has been the National Night Out coordinator for the borough for the past 6 years, organizing an event that has an attendance of over 2,000 residents. Other community events that Sgt. Teehan assists with are the annual PBA Toy Drive, Chief For a Day and the S.A.L.T. (Seniors and Law Enforcement) program in Paramus.

Over the past 15 years the most rewarding part of his law enforcement career has been teaching at East Brook and West Brook Middle Schools. Now with the L.E.A.D. program in full swing Sgt. Teehan interacts with the students on a regular basis. The Paramus L.E.A.D. officers provide the Too Good For Drugs curriculum along with “positive alternative” trips to Medieval Times, Bounce U, The New Jersey Jackals and other events.

On a personal note, Sgt. Teehan, known as “Officer Jimmy” is married to his wife Sandy and has two children, Matthew, 15 and Christie, 12. He has been involved in recreation sports with coaching in baseball, soccer, and flag football. He spends his free time playing softball and is an active member of the Bergen County Ancient Order of Hibernians which is an Irish fraternal charity group.

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