Civil Rights, Social Action, Advocacy


aka LEAP

Medford, MA


Law Enforcement Action Partnership's mission is to unite and mobilize the voice of law enforcement in support of drug policy and criminal justice reforms that will make communities safer by focusing law enforcement resources on the greatest threats to public safety, promoting alternatives to arrest and incarceration, addressing the root causes of crime, and working towards healing police-community relations.

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Executive Director

Mr. Neill Franklin

Main Address

121 Mystic Ave Suite 9

Medford, MA 02155 USA


law enforcement reform, drug reform, prohibition, harm reduction, marijuana reform





Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Civil Rights, Social Action, and Advocacy N.E.C. (R99)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (B01)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (R01)

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Right now, there are very few law enforcement voices speaking out with regularity to push for the significant reforms we need in order to address mass incarceration, racial inequality, and the communication breakdown between police and the communities they are charged with protecting. But there are officers brave enough to take on these issues, speaking out against injustice and calling for reform. LEAP has the capacity to reach out to these officers and give them a platform to push for change.

Our basic strategy is public education, achieved through an active speakers bureau, video creation and media attention.

Our programmatic strategy consists of the following focus areas:

o Police-Community Relations

o Overincarceration & Criminalization

o Drug Policy

o Harm Reduction

o Global Issues

We have a dedicated, experienced 8 person board of directors led by an executive director with decades of police and administrative experience. We also have a remarkable Advisory Board with distinguished law enforcement professionals including the former Drug Czar for Western Europe and for India. Our 9 person staff are long standing activists with extensive experience in the relevant requirements of their positions. We are stretched but not overwhelmed by our duties, but if we had more staffing we could do even more.

One way to measure our progress is in the number of unsolicited media invitations we receive and the increasingly respectful nature of questions thrown at us by the media. Another is by the number of successful or soon to be successful criminal justice reform initiatives, with particular reference to our role in making them happen. Additionally:

• Increased requests for speakers for live speaking presentations (including conferences, legislative meetings, meetings with editorial boards, civic club presentations, university lectures, etc.) and media appearances
• Increased interest in partnership from organizations working in the field of criminal justice policy reform and related fields
• Increased number of law enforcement representatives willing to join LEAP and sign on to reform initiatives>

We have helped put credibility, experience and integrity at the forefront of drug policy reform. We have blunted the single most effective tool of prohibitionists, the use of law enforcement to intimidate the public and politicians alike through fear tactics. We have played a unique and indispensable role in dismantling drug prohibition, but as long as it remains, we are not done.

Conducting targeted education campaigns in states on the verge of drug policy reform. LEAP is leading advocacy and education campaigns in states on the verge of reform leading up to the 2016 elections, including Arizona, California, Florida, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, Ohio, Rhode Island, Texas and Vermont. Law enforcers have proven to be among the most influential advocates for reform in previous successful initiatives, and LEAP will serve as the public face of law enforcement professionals for legalization, regulation, and control.

Support and advocacy for efforts to end mass incarceration, focusing on initiatives that alleviate some of the most devastating aspects of the War on Drugs. By supporting reform measures that change charging, sentencing, and supervision policies and practices, we can save lives and strengthen communities, reducing the human cost of drug prohibition. LEAP speakers are powerful advocates for change in this respect, as they know from personal experience that the system has failed our most vulnerable citizens.

Improving police-community relations and restoring the public's trust in law enforcement. Our communities have suffered greatly under our current policies: higher arrest and incarceration rates for African American and Latino communities are not indicative of higher rates of drug activity, but are the result of police targeting urban communities at a disproportionate rate. According to the ACLU, 1 in 3 African American men can expect to be incarcerated in his lifetime, compared with 1 in 17 Caucasian men, and are jailed on drug charges ten times more often. Naturally, this has led to a profound distrust of police in many communities. That deterioration of police-community relations is of particular interest to LEAP: we want to restore that relationship between the police and the communities they serve; we want to restore integrity to the profession; we want valuable police resources redistributed back into solving violent crime and keeping communities safe. LEAP is in a position to guide that change.

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