September Newsletter

From Our Board

The beginning of the school year has the Board of Directors energized and excited to serve all L.E.A.D. family members.

The month of September is a great month of training which includes new Instructor training, In Service training, and Trainer of Trainers training.

Our LEAD THE WAY GALA is quickly approaching. We are looking forward to securing our honorees.

If anyone has the need for additional workbooks or training kits, please contact the office for assistance.

We are excited to announce the addition of two new Vice Presidents. Captain Kim Lucas, retired from the Wallington N.J. Police Department, for the position of Vice President of ON THE STREET Programs; and Scott Gilliam, a leader in the training field and retired Los Angeles Police Department officer and newly appointed Vice President of National Training Operations.

Monthly Spotlights

School of the Month


William Annin Middle School

Officer Hank Werner and School Resource Officer Tracy Baldassare of the Bernards Township Police Department teach the Too Good For Drugs curriculum to the 6th grade students at William Annin Middle School. Between the two of them they teach a total of approximately 450 students over the course of the year.  They go into the health classes to teach and each class has about 30 students.

Instructor of the Month


Patrolman David J. Vannoni

(Patrolman David J. Vannoni pictured above with the Gloucester Township Police Department L.E.A.D. Truck)

After achieving the rank of Eagle Scout in 2004, Ptl. Vannoni joined the Blackwood Fire Company as a volunteer firefighter. In 2006 he was hired by the Gloucester Township Police Department as a part-time police dispatcher. He earned his certification as an Emergency Medical Technician in 2007, and served in that capacity both on the street and in a local Emergency Department. When the opportunity arose, he accepted a position as a full-time dispatcher and took the NJ Law Enforcement Entry Exam. In 2011 he was hired as a full-time officer with the Gloucester Township Police Department and attended the Camden County Police Academy where he earned an award for academic excellence.

He began his career as a patrol officer and had the opportunity to fill in as a back-up school resource officer. Ptl. Vannoni was selected and trained as a L.E.A.D. officer in early 2015. He continues to teach the L.E.A.D. program to fifth and seventh grade students in the Gloucester Township Schools. He was certified as a NJ School Resource Officer and is actively involved in many of the juvenile enrichment programs offered through his department. He serves as a valuable member of the Community Relations Bureau and assists in running the Junior Police Academy over the summer months.

Throughout his career, Ptl. Vannoni has been recognized on multiple occasions for outstanding police service and lifesaving. In addition to his police career, Ptl. Vannoni continues to serve his community as a volunteer firefighter/EMT. In his free time, he enjoys skiing, boating, swimming and traveling.

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Any Officer who assists in securing a location for the placement of a clothing recycling container will receive resources to help your local program.

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