National Night Out and L.E.A.D. Renew Partnership to Strengthen Police-Community Bonds

L.E.A.D. (Law Enforcement Against Drugs & Violence)

WYNNEWOOD, PA, and ALLENTOWN, NJ — National Night Out (NNO) and L.E.A.D. (Law Enforcement Against Drugs & Violence) have renewed their partnership for a second year. This collaboration aims to improve relationships between law enforcement and communities across the United States.

National Night Out, an annual community-building campaign, occurs on the first Tuesday in August. Millions of neighbors participate across thousands of communities in all fifty states, U.S. territories, and military bases worldwide. Texas and select areas celebrate on the first Tuesday of October. Events include block parties, festivals, parades, and cookouts with safety demonstrations and visits from emergency personnel.

Matt Peskin, Executive Director of the National Association of Town Watch (NATW) and creator of NNO, expressed enthusiasm about the renewed partnership. “We’re thrilled to renew our partnership with L.E.A.D.,” he said. “L.E.A.D. is the best partner for us as their main goal is to help communities understand that police officers are people to rely on rather than fear.”

During their first year of collaboration, NNO and L.E.A.D. made significant strides in strengthening police-community relationships. Peskin added, “We look forward to making even greater strides in our second year of collaboration with L.E.A.D.”

L.E.A.D. works both in the classroom and on the streets to bring law enforcement closer to communities. Their “In The Classroom” program involves more than 5,000 trained instructors teaching over 500,000 students in 2,500 school systems across 45 states. The program’s curriculum focuses on anti-drug and anti-violence education for K–12 students over ten weeks, helping them make smart decisions without involving drugs or violence.

Nick DeMauro, CEO of L.E.A.D., shared his excitement about the partnership’s renewal. “We share Matt’s excitement in entering our second year of partnership,” DeMauro said. “Working with NNO has exceeded our expectations. Our partnership has tremendously helped promote our shared belief in police-community relationships and continue to change how people interact with the police.”

As part of their collaboration, NNO will include L.E.A.D.’s literature at events and feature each other’s logos on their materials. This renewed partnership aims to build on the success of their first year and further strengthen the bonds between law enforcement and the communities they serve.

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