(Law Enforcement Aided Diversion)

Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) is a pre-booking program aimed at redirecting low-level offenders engaged in drug or prostitution activities to available community services.

Event Goals

  • Provide an alternative option for law enforcement to divert low-level offenders to community-based treatment services rather than sending them to jail.
  • Reduce recidivism by referring participants to treatment and support services based on their specific individual needs.
  • Improve public safety by reducing criminal behavior of participants in the program.
  • Gradually reduce the number of low-level crimes committed in the community so local law enforcement can devote their attention to more serious crimes and criminal offenders.
  • Strengthen the bond between the community and law enforcement by allowing them to use their discretion to refer individuals with substance use disorder to our program for treatment instead of punishment.

Event Plan

  • Take referrals from law-enforcement for individuals they feel meet the criteria for the LEAD program.
  • Refer the participants to the appropriate service(s): counseling, support groups, etc.
  • Keep officers informed on the progress of the individuals they refer to the program.
  • Inform the arresting officer when individuals do not comply with the requirements of the program thus allowing the officer to arrest and charge the individual for their original crime.

With this partnership we are hoping for a domino effect. As the LEAD program becomes a point of relief for the officers, the officers will not have to devote as much time to low-level offenders. These referred individuals will be less likely to become repeat offenders, and their success will improve family dynamics and the quality of their lives. This success can lead to positive change within the entire community.

Contact Information


Jenny Perry – LEAD Coordinator

304-923-3318 or 304-250-0051 Ext 101


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