Civil Rights, Social Action, Advocacy

LAW ENFORCEMENT ACTION PARTNERSHIP, INC.

  • Medford, MA
  • https://www.LawEnforcementActionPartnership.com

Mission Statement

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.

Main Programs

  1. Cops and Clergy Alliance
  2. Cops and Moms Initiative
  3. Cops and Docs Alliance
Service Areas

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International

While we are based in the United States, we have well over 150,000 supporters and nearly 200 speakers in over 80 countries. We have branches in Brazil, England, Canada, Costa Rica, and New Zealand. We plan branches throughout the world. We were granted consultative status by the United Nations and asked by the government of Ecuador to present the treaty amendment we published in April for the UN treaties on narcotic drugs to Ecuadorean leaders and to the international press from Canada, Cuba, Ecuador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Peru.

ruling year

2003

Executive Director

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Mr. Neill Franklin

Keywords

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

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Also Known As

LEAP

EIN

16-1645758

 Number

1190730955

Physical Address

121 Mystic Ave Suite 9

Medford, MA 02155

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

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

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (B01)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (R01)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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In 2002, five retired police officers founded Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit composed of police and other criminal justice professionals dedicated to educating the public about the harms of drug prohibition. In January 2017, while reaffirming our commitment to ending the War on Drugs, LEAP became the Law Enforcement Action Partnership in order to advocate for solutions across a broader range of drug policy and criminal justice issues.

Through speaking engagements, media appearances, testimony for reform initiatives, and support of allied efforts, our speakers are able to reach audiences across a wide spectrum of affiliations and beliefs. Because of our uniquely credible standing on the issue, we are able to connect with groups that other organizations do not have the ability to access, and we are able to counter law enforcement opposition to reform with an equally powerful presence.

LEAP is perfectly positioned to advance the movement of criminal justice reform issues such as mass incarceration, police-community relations, and harm reduction to a place of prominence in the public eye, and within the law enforcement community. While the War on Drugs will remain central to our work, we must expand our scope and grow as an organization in order to remain relevant. By taking on the broader issue of criminal justice reform, LEAP will directly address many of the issues that have been in our periphery all along, informing our discussion of drug policy, but that we were unable to discuss in depth given our narrow focus. Our change in approach, leading with more overarching criminal justice issues, will serve our goal of ending the War on Drugs while allowing us to address many of the incredibly complex and devastating systematic failures stemming from bad policy.

LEAP is perfectly positioned to advance the movement of criminal justice reform issues such as mass incarceration, police-community relations, drug policy, and harm reduction to a place of prominence in the public eye, and within the law enforcement community.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Cops and Clergy Alliance

Creation of an alliance between law enforcement professionals and the faith community. We plan professional speaker training at regional conferences, joint presentations and work with an array of organizations working on divestment from private prisons.

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Population(s) Served

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

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Program 2

Cops and Moms Initiative

We are working with a number of small organizations that focus on the impact of drug policy on women and their children.

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Population(s) Served

Females, all ages or age unspecified

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Program 3

Cops and Docs Alliance

We will provide support to efforts that promote a health, rather than law enforcement, approach to the terrible problem of drug addiction and abuse, through joint appearances with public health officials and doctors/nurses to show that our current policies are medically counter productive

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Adults

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Charting Impact

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Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    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.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    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

  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    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.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    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>
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    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.
Service Areas

Self-reported

International

While we are based in the United States, we have well over 150,000 supporters and nearly 200 speakers in over 80 countries. We have branches in Brazil, England, Canada, Costa Rica, and New Zealand. We plan branches throughout the world. We were granted consultative status by the United Nations and asked by the government of Ecuador to present the treaty amendment we published in April for the UN treaties on narcotic drugs to Ecuadorean leaders and to the international press from Canada, Cuba, Ecuador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Peru.

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Funding Needs

We have a minimum staff and work with volunteers on a budget of $600,000/year. We need to raise approximately $700,000 to keep current with increasing demand for our speakers and to let our programs grow to their full strength.

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Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31

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Operations

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LAW ENFORCEMENT ACTION PARTNERSHIP, INC.

Leadership

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Executive Director

Mr. Neill Franklin

BIO

Major Neill Franklin retired with 33 years of experience in Maryland policing. He oversaw 17 drug task forces instituted and directed the very first Domestic Violence Investigative Units for the Maryland State Police.

STATEMENT FROM THE Executive Director

"As a 33-year law enforcement veteran of both the Maryland State Police and Baltimore Police forces, I worked the streets, oversaw 17 drug task forces, worked in undercover narcotics, and instituted and directed the very first Domestic Violence Investigative Units for the Maryland State Police. I saw every single street problem made worse by our drug policies. I both saw and, even as an African American, participated in racial profiling that has devastated my community. Once we legalize drugs, we can regulate and thus control them and keep them away from our children more effectively."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Richard Van Wickler

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Term: July 2015 - July 2018

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