From CPL Mark Robshaw of the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office: There is a group going through the county called LEAD (Law enforcement Against Drugs) who are saying they are currently in our schools in Calvert and asking for donations. This group is NOT in our schools and the only program we have in our schools is the DARE program, which is sponsored by the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office. This company is based out of New Jersey and I don’t believe they are in any schools in the Tri county area. Please be aware of this before you make donations to them. We receive no monies from them.
According to the LEAD website: We will provide the leadership, resources and management to ensure law enforcement agencies have the means to partner with our educators, community leaders, and families by providing proven and effective programs to deter youth and adults from drug use, drug related crimes, bullying and violence. We are committed to reinforcing the mutual respect, goodwill and relations between law enforcement and their communities.
OUR VISION: To create safer, healthier communities free of drugs, bullying, and violence. So far they have chapters in New Jersey (where they are based), California, New Hampshire, Florida and Tennessee.
According to a retired Prince Georges County police officer, currently living in Tennessee: we receive frequent phone calls on fundraising that we consider SPAM from this organization.
So please know when you are out and about in the shopping centers in Calvert and elsewhere, know who the organizations are that you are dealing with and make sure your donation will go to local needs. If in doubt, check out their websites and ask questions.
Margit Miller / Calvert Beacon