|COMMUNICATIONS AND RECORDS|
The program was introduced in the Fall of 2016 at Tinc Road School and after positive feedback by both the school and the students the program was introduced district-wide for the 2016-2017 school year.
Chief Stephen Beecher said:
“We have six trained officers who will be teaching this program. The officers are Sergeant Mase, Corporal Russell, and Officers Braikovich, Grimm, Elbaum, and Sciscione. These officers will be attending Back to School Night at the elementary schools to introduce themselves to school staff and parents.”
Sergeant Carl Mase grew up in Wharton. He received his Associate’s Degree from the County College of Morris in Criminal Justice. He is a 17 year veteran of the police force. The bulk of his career has been spent in the Patrol Division. Sgt. Mase is a former D.A.R.E. Instructor at the Sandshore and Chester M. Stephens Schools. He was recently reassigned to the Support Services Division. Children and parents may recognize him from the annual Halloween parties sponsored by the Mount Olive Police Athletic League. He has been running those parties for the past ten years.”
Corporal Michael Russell grew up in Mount Olive. He is a 2000 graduate of Mount Olive High School. He graduated from the County College of Morris with an Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice and is a veteran police officer of 11 years. He is presently assigned to the Support Services Division and is tasked with being the L.E.A.D. Program Director. He is also a certified School Resource Officer. “
Officer Brian Braikovich grew up in Bayonne. He is a graduate of New Jersey City University where he received his Bachelor’s Degree in Health Education/Driver Education. He is currently assigned to the Patrol Division. Officer Braikovich is a former D.A.R.E. and School Resource Officer. He is a 17 year veteran of the police force.”
Officer Casey Grimm grew up in Morristown. He obtained his Bachelor’s Degree from Seton Hall University in Criminal Justice. Following graduation, he played two and a half years in the St. Louis Cardinals’ minor league affiliates. He has been on the police department 11 years. He is currently assigned to the Patrol Division.
Officer Lonnie Elbaum grew up in Washington Township in Morris County. He obtained his Associate’s Degree from Kaplan University in Criminal Justice. Officer Elbaum worked two years as a Communications Officer in Mount Olive before being hired as a Police Officer in 2012. He is currently assigned to the Support Services Division.
Officer Michael Sciscione grew up in Rockaway. He attended the County College of Morris and William Paterson University; receiving a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from the latter. Officer Sciscione has been on the police department since 2013. He is presently assigned to the Patrol Division.
The Program Director for L.E.A.D, Corporal Russell stated:
"The Officers selected to teach this program, as well as myself are excited for the opportunity to interact with the youth of the township and to teach a program that promotes positive attitudes and choices.
I grew up in Mount Olive Township and remember the drug-free curriculum having a positive effect on my life. I believe that a direct relationship between the schools, parents, and community, that this curriculum can provide; gives kids the opportunity to adopt a positive, healthy mind set which can remain with them throughout their lives.
Sergeant Carl Mase, Officer Brian Braikovich, Officer Casey Grimm, Officer Lonnie Elbaum, and Officer Michael Sciscione are all excited to build a rapport with the youth of Mount Olive Township while providing them fundamentals of being drug free and making positive life choices.”
Chief Beecher said:
“We believe that the program will also allow officers and the youth of the community to interact in a more fun and relaxed atmosphere and strengthen the existing bond between law enforcement and the community. We appreciate the support of the schools, Mayor and Town Council in bringing this program forward.”