Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion
Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD®) is a community-based diversion approach with two main goals: improving public safety and public order, and reducing unnecessary justice system involvement of people who participate in the program. LEAD® provides a tool for public safety officers to use their discretionary authority to divert individuals suspected of low-level, non-violent crimes away from jail and into community based services with the help of intensive case management. For more information on the LEAD® program model, visit
LEAD National Support Bureau.
How does it work?
Deputies and officers may refer an individual to LEAD® in two ways:
arrest diversion when encountered during their patrol duties, instead of making an arrest, or
social referral based on history of behavior and conditions vetted by an informed group.
Through January 2021:
- 143 law enforcement officers have been trained to use the program
- 6 participating law enforcement agencies
- 3 LEAD® navigators help guide participants
- 104 individuals referred to the program since April, 2018
The names of the individuals have been changed to protect their privacy.
- Living on the streets (when not in prison)
- Addicted to heroin
- Arrested 20 times in past three years
After Enrollment in LEAD (February, 2019):
- Celebrated two years of sobriety
- After a year of house manager in sober living facility, just moved into own apartment
- Fully employed
- In his "best physical/mental health" in years
- Only 3 arrests since entering program (last one in June, 2019)
- Estranged from family
- Living on the streets
- Undiagnosed mental health condition
- Arrested over 50 times in six years
After Enrollment in LEAD (May, 2019):
- Permanent place to live
- First job in 13 years
- Reunited with family
- Medical care for physical/mental health needs
- Zero contacts with police since entering program
Lead two-year progress report - 2020