September was a great month as we kicked off the 2017-18 school year. We trained over eighty new instructors in New Jersey alone.
We also kicked off preparing for our L.E.A.D. THE WAY GALA honoring Jeffrey Gural and Ambassador Phil
Murphy. It is taking place Friday November 17, 2017 at the Westmount Country Club in Woodland Park,
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School of the Month
Oakland Public Schools
The Oakland New Jersey Police Department is a twenty four member department, headed by Chief Kasper, who serve a community of almost 13,000 residents. In partnership with Dr. Coffaro, the Superintendent of the Oakland Public Schools, and each school’s principals and teachers, the officers deliver L.E.A.D.’s Too Good for Drugs Program to over two hundred fifth grade students yearly. Our instructors are Sgt. Ryan O’Keefe, Det. Mark Piercy and Ptl. Ed McDermott.
Through generous donations from local civic organizations such as the Oakland PBA Local #164, the Franklin Lakes/Oakland Rotary Club, the Oakland PTO and the Oakland Municipal Alliance, the students get to enjoy reinforcement giveaways during the class such as pencils and erasers, and a yearly trip to see a circus. The circus helps the children bond with each other and the instructors and also shows them how to have fun without substances such as drugs and alcohol. It is truly a pleasure to give back to the youth of our community in this meaningful way.
Instructor of the Month
Sgt. Deluca started his law enforcement career in 1994 with the Rochester New Hampshire Police Department. He rose to the rank of Sergeant and worked as a patrol Sgt. for 5 years, a Detective Sgt. for 6 years and later support Sgt. for the department. Sgt. Deluca now works as the School Resource Officer (SRO) at the Rochester New Hampshire Middle School. He is also the coordinator for the SRO program at the city, supervises a high school SRO, and supervises an Elementary SRO that floats among the 12 elementary schools.
Sgt. Deluca is in charge of the L.E.A.D. program for the 14 schools in Rochester, NH, and helps plan the training of the 3rd, 6th and 9th grade classes. Last year the city had over 945 students graduate the L.E.A.D. “Too Good for Drugs” program and they are starting to teach the 2017-2018 roster of students.
Recognizing that more students could benefit from the program’s materials, Sgt. Deluca brings L.E.A.D. concepts to the classrooms of special education students throughout the school year who need assistance with life skills, decision making and other useful “Too Good” concepts.
During the summer breaks Sgt. Deluca works closely with the summer camp programs in the city and is often times seen teaching some of the concepts to those youth. Sgt. Deluca works with the Rochester Rocks summer camp which is an extended school year program in place for students with autism.
Sgt. Deluca has been recognized by his department over the years, receiving several employee of the month awards as well as Officer of the Year in 2013. In his free time Sgt. Deluca enjoys fishing and bladesmithing.