Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion

What is L.E.A.D.? 

The Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (L.E.A.D.) program and philosophy is to redirect as many eligible individuals as possible away from the criminal justice system and connect them with intensive case management services and community resolution processes. L.E.A.D. will redirect low-level offenders, whose underlying issues are drug or alcohol dependency, mental illness, or homelessness, away from the criminal justice system and into community-based services that the criminal justice system is not equipped to provide.

L.E.A.D. Eligibility

Individuals who have a known history of drug or alcohol dependency, mental health illnesses, or homelessness related needs, should be referred to L.E.A.D., prior to summons or arrest, when probable cause exists that the individual committed any of the following offense(s):

  • Non-Violent crime(s) when the following criteria are present;
  • The complainant/victim, if applicable, is willing to decline assisting with prosecution in order to allow the offender to proceed with the redirection processes; and
  • The individual committed an offense(s) where there is a nexus to drugs or alcohol, mental health, or homelessness related need, which can be based on, but not limited to, the following;
  • Police reports, arrest records, criminal histories, etc., indicating that the individual was engaged in such activity; or
  • A Deputies direct observation of the individual engaged in such activity; or
  • Reliable and credible information to believe that the individual is engaged in such activity as provided by another; such as a rst responder, professional, or witness.

L.E.A.D. Referral Types

Social Contact Referrals: the movement of individuals who are at high risk of future low-level criminal activity but not known to be currently engaged;

Pre-Arrest Defection Referrals: the movement of low-level offenders who are suspected of low-level criminal activity without criminal charges;

Pre-Arrest Diversion Referrals: the movement of low-level offenders who are charged with low-level criminal activity but not arrested.

For more information about diversion and deflection programs in Knox and Waldo County click here.

Meet the L.E.A.D. Team

Sergeant Nick Oettinger Waldo County Sheriff's Office 207-338-2040

Stephen Brimley Diversion & Deflection Program Manager 207-705-4452

Nicole Foster Case Manager 207-705-4348