Advancing Justice and Public Safety Solutions

aka LEAP   |   Beverly, 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

Lt. Diane Goldstein

Main address

100 Cummings Center Suite 207-P

Beverly, MA 01915 USA

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

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (B01)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

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We are in a moment of an American reckoning, one in which we have the ability to make profound change if we act with urgency and unity. The killing of George Floyd has reignited a conversation about racism in our daily life that is ingrained in our institutions, including law enforcement. Like never before, the public – across race and ethnicity – backs major changes in policing. LEAP agrees and is working to rebuild the relationship between police and community members; require officers who abuse their power to be punished; promote transparency by the police; and prevent violence through early intervention. While moments of unity and attention can fade, racial injustice does not. Combatting it requires a sustained effort, state by state, town by town. LEAP is acting with urgency to capitalize on the national sentiment – we must make the most of this moment. We are in this for the long term, too, as we must be. We call on peers and allies to join us.

Our programs

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National Recommendations to Transform Policing

As law enforcement professionals, we believe it is our duty to speak in opposition to police violence against community members and in support of the wave of nonviolent protests taking place across the country today. We cannot uphold public safety without earning community trust. Without trust, people do not report crimes, and witnesses refuse to talk to us.

One cause of this distrust is that police officers who commit serious misconduct are rarely held accountable, partly due to a broken system. A second cause is that police are asked to address problems that we are ill-equipped to solve, including addiction, mental health issues, and homelessness. A third cause is that American policing still carries a legacy of systemic racism, from the Jim Crow era to today.

Today, words are not enough. We support national action because we owe equal rights to every person, regardless of their background. We must act on our values of transparency, accountability, and safety. Below, we outline specific measures that federal, state, and local legislators and law enforcement should enact today to take responsibility for rebuilding trust in police and protecting public safety. Holding ourselves to a higher standard is the best way to honor our profession.

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Population(s) Served
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Where we work

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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

We take on the greatest threats to public safety and create a criminal justice system that is more just. We mobilize law enforcement professionals of many perspectives. And we collaborate with partners outside the criminal justice system – community stakeholders and advocacy organizations – to ensure our efforts reflect their experiences.
Our work focuses on healing and strengthening police-community relations; reforming drug policy; promoting alternatives to arrest and incarceration; and addressing the root causes of crime. What began in 2002 as a drug policy reform group has grown into a comprehensive voice of criminal justice reform with hundreds of law enforcement speakers and tens of thousands of supporters - both law enforcement and beyond. We are a driver of more compassionate, ethical policing. and a platform for the profession’s future.

The Law Enforcement Action Partnership (LEAP) is the only organization in America that both represents and seeks to boldly reform the entire criminal justice system. We are police, prosecutors, judges and corrections officials who understand law enforcement must change to earn trust and make communities safer and more just. And that demands decisive action.

As current and former law enforcement professionals, we stand with communities because we see ourselves as part of those communities. When we listen to the concerns of the unheard, we can rebuild together. This is who we are: A reform-minded nonprofit that proudly speaks for law enforcement but examines our profession’s flaws and works relentlessly to fix them. We bridge the gap between police and the public to create safety, respect, and justice for everyone.

LEAP demonstrably contributes to safer communities by advocating for reforms to criminal justice and drug policy. Our work shapes conversations, community trust, policies, and laws.
We do it by:
• Influencing state and federal laws by testifying, rallying others, and endorsing bills
• Amplifying the voice of reform through media appearances and through the only speakers bureau of its kind
• Educating and advising others through presentations and webinars
• Collaborating with allies to scale our efforts and add community perspectives
• Mobilizing, growing, and diversifying our base of supporters
• Recruiting law enforcement professionals who believe in a more just system of justice
What We Propose on Policing
LEAP’s policing recommendations focus on two equally important goals. The first is ensuring that law enforcement professionals are always accountable to the communities they serve. The second is ensuring they succeed and can focus on their jobs by removing burdens that should not be their responsibility and giving them the tools and training that they need.
Specifically, LEAP proposes that elected leaders, law enforcement, and communities take these actions:
• Start every police-community relationship by actually listening to the community. Define public safety by having a conversation with the public about its needs, hopes, and fears.
• Confront, directly, the role that race plays in causing justice disparities for people of color.
• Prioritize spending on preventing violence and addressing the root causes of crime. Recognize that societal issues are beyond the role of law enforcement and invest in reducing them: homelessness, drug addiction, mental health, housing, and education.
• Allow police to return to the fundamentals of preventing crime and earning local trust.
• Give police the training and mental health counseling they deserve, and the tools for transparency such as body cameras.
• Remove the barriers that pit the police against the people they serve, such as the War on Drugs, arrest quotas, and stop-and-frisk.
• Push Congress to:
o Establish an independent national database of all officers who were terminated or resigned due to misconduct, including excessive use of force. These officers should be prohibited from being a certified police officer in any state ever again.
o Create a national standard for the use of deadly force to uphold the sanctity of life. Chokeholds and other maneuvers that restrict blood or oxygen to the brain should be classified as lethal force and held to the same standards.
o Pass a law to ensure that the doctrine of qualified immunity does not prevent police who break the law from being held accountable.
• Push states and localities to:
o Adopt the same steps we advocate for Congress, tailored to state and local levels, and regardless of the federal response.
o Ensure police transparency in how agencies handle Freedom-of-Information requests and in how the public can review police procedures.

LEAP distinguishes itself with our credibility, our collaboration, and our willingness to learn from experience in the field to drive reforms. We are the only group with a law enforcement perspective that supports local initiatives for change and works to make them happen.

Our people touch every part of law and order. We were the first organization of our kind, and the first founded by line officers working the streets. Our members range from current police and former chiefs with decades of experience to prosecutors, judges and corrections officers. It adds up to a deep perspective forged inside police stations, courts, and jails. And how we use our voice and our credibility makes us different.
Yes, criminal justice in America is stained by patterns of injustice, not isolated incidents by bad actors. We are encouraged by police who take a knee with protestors to take a stand for what’s right. We must end destructive policies and create a responsible model of justice that inspires trust. We are here to ensure that listening leads to action.

We are also proud to speak for the service and sacrifice of all those who work in law enforcement to ensure the safety of everyone else. It is paramount that police get more support; get tools to prevent crime rather than react to it; be empowered to truly focus on public-safety priorities; and engage the community in our work. We fight for that agenda.

We have helped put credibility, experience and integrity at the forefront of justice and drug policy reform.

Conducting targeted education campaigns in states on the verge of reform. 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.

How we listen

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Board of directors
as of 01/03/2024
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Board chair

Chief Brendan Cox


Term: 2024 -

Neil Woods

Jody Armour

Terry Blevins

Richard Van Wickler

Wayne Harris

Mike Butler

Nadine Jones

Kristin Daley

MIchael Harvey

Arthur Hunter

Thomas Schoolcraft

Matt Simon

Tom Thompson

Brendan Cox

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 10/4/2022

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.


The organization's leader identifies as:

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Female, Not transgender
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