Bordentown Township Police Department's Officer
Adam Edwards Receives New Jersey L.E.A.D. Award
It is with great pride that we report that our School Resource Officer, Adam Edwards, has been selected as L.E.A.D. instructor of the year for the State of New Jersey. Ptl. Edwards was awarded this honor on June 29 at the L.E.A.D. annual conference in Atlantic City.
Ptl. Edwards instructs L.E.A.D., the Law Enforcement Against Drugs and Violence, to our district’s 3rd and 6th grade students, which consists of ten lessons to help students resist pressures that may influence them to experiment with alcohol, tobacco, marijuana, inhalants, and other drugs. Students are introduced to the new evidence-based, proven-effective drug prevention program called ‘Too Good for DRUGS’.
Ptl. Edwards has worked hard to develop an outstanding rapport with our students, which he continued despite the obstacles presented by the COVID-19 pandemic. In an effort to stay connected to our students during their virtual learning, Ptl. Edwards took it upon himself to elicit regular reports from school administrators as to who was excelling and showing tremendous effort in this new learning platform. He would then drive past the student’s home and acknowledge their accomplishment over the loudspeaker in his patrol vehicle.
Ptl. Edwards was also greatly concerned about the impact that the pandemic has had on the social, emotional and mental health of our local youth and works hand in hand with our district’s guidance counselors and mental health providers to provide support to these affected young people. Our department routinely receives letters from parents thanking him for going “above and beyond” in assisting their children.
In addition to the great work he is doing in our school district, Ptl. Edwards has taken the initiative to implement a mentoring program and youth police academy and is also a lead instructor in our department’s Police Explorer program.
Ptl. Edwards personifies what a true school resource officer should represent and we are very proud and thankful that he was selected L.E.A.D. Instructor of the Year.
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