WHAT IS THE L.E.A.P. PROGRAM?
The L.E.A.P. Program trains Police Officers who work directly with children. Officers learn the link between child/adolescent brain development and risky behaviors, and are provided with ways to develop a mindfully compassionate approach to working with children.
WHAT IS THE L.E.A.P. TRAINING THAT POLICE OFFICER'S ATTEND?
Officers attend a 3-day training program where they learn about the L.E.A.P. Method for Student Success.
Additionally, L.E.A.P.-Trained Officers are provided with a variety of programs for implementation in their individual communities.
Your child’s L.E.A.P. Officer may offer his program during lunch, health class or after school. The variety of programs and ways to implement allow for flexibility throughout our diverse school systems.
Each L.E.A.P. Program offering is rooted in social/emotional learning, providing children with skills they need to regulate their emotions, make responsible decisions and resolve conflicts with others. Programs include L.E.A.P. in the Classroom (a semester-long curriculum focusing on the core values of Leadership, Empowerment, Awareness, and Protection), L.E.A.P. Girls Empowerment (small group learning), L.E.A.P. Lunch, L.E.A.P. Attendance (for children struggling with school avoidance), and L.E.A.P. into Learning (an approach for improving physical and emotional health of children in the school building).
WHAT DOES L.E.A.P. OFFER FOR PARENTS?
All L.E.A.P. Officers are trained in working with children and families. The trained Officer will be a fierce resource and advocate for your family, often providing information and referrals to outside agencies for additional support.
Officers also learn techniques for providing the very best in parent education. and outreach. Our Coffee Chats are excellent ways to become acquainted with your L.E.A.P. Officer, and follow along with our curriculum and methodologies at home. We know this will be a wonderful resource for you!
Lastly, our model reinforces the need for the school, the police, community andparents or guardians to work together for a higher probability of student success. (L.E.A.P. Success = Happy, Healthy, Safe and Strong).
IS IT NECESSARY FOR A POLICE OFFICER TO BE IN MY CHILD’S SCHOOL?
Yes! Apart from safety and security, L.E.A.P. Officers develop relationships that build bridges between the police and the community.
THERE IS NO L.E.A.P. PROGRAM AT MY CHILD’S SCHOOL. HOW DO I GO ABOUT REQUESTING THIS?
Please inquire with your school administration or local police department if you are interested in bringing L.E.A.P. to your child’s school.
WHAT ARE L.E.A.P. PARENT NETWORKS?
We provide a resource guide on forming a L.E.A.P. Parent Protect Network. Have you ever wished parents in your community were on the same page? Do you believe in communities coming together to support children? L.E.A.P. PPN is the answer, and you can form your group virtually or in-person!