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The Second Annual 21st Century Drug & Violence Prevention Training Conference, hosted by L.E.A.D. (Law Enforcement Against Drugs) was held on February 27 through March 1, 2017, at Harrah’s Convention Center in Atlantic City. After its successful rollout in New Jersey and under the direction of Nicholas DeMauro, the group’s Executive Director and C.E.O., L.E.A.D.’s efforts have been expanded to reach classrooms in eleven states including Georgia, Tennessee, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and soon Montreal, Canada. L.E.A.D. utilizes the Mendez Foundation’s “Too Good for Drugs” program, an evidence-based curriculum for Kindergarten through 12th grades. In Sussex County, the L.E.A.D. program has been introduced in schools which formerly conducted the D.A.R.E. program. The Sussex County Municipal Alliance assists many of these programs with funding through local municipal alliances. The Sussex County Sheriff’s Department, Andover, Byram, Hardyston, Ogdensburg, Stanhope, and Newton Police Departments have several certified L.E.A.D. Officers. Hardyston Police Chief Bret Alemy currently serves on the L.E.A.D. Law Enforcement Advisory Board. Nick Loizzi, Sussex County’s Municipal Alliance Coordinator and Alcohol and Drug Abuse Director, serves on the Government Advisory Board.