Community Service is an important part of the N.E.O.A.’s agenda. Our interaction with the public through fairs, safety days, seminars, health fairs and special events affords our organization a chance to provide safety and education to Connecticut families.
N.E.O.A. staff member Elliott Bard answers some questions regarding some of the information contained in the N.E.O.A.’s drug abuse cases at a recent community service event.
The N.E.O.A. community service van appears at every community service event. It contains handouts, drug display cases and bins of important drug information that volunteers pass out to the thousands of people who visit our booths at various events throughout the year.
As an active member of Narcotic Enforcement Officer’s Association for over 16 years and especially as its President since 2003, I have had the pleasure of interacting extensively with the public in the area of Drug Education.
Education and knowledge are our greatest weapons against Drug Abuse.
The NEOA is committed to educate, inform and assist both the Law Enforcement community and the public to dangers and growing trends in the world of Drug Abuse.
The safety and welfare of our community’s children is a primary goal of the N.E.O.A.
Lieutenant Michael R. Rinaldi
President CT- NEOA
The Narcotic Enforcement Officers Association (N.E.O.A.) is a non-profit educational organization of more than a thousand law enforcement personel and others in the criminal justics system, including state and local police, D.E.A., F.B.I. and Customs. Our purpose is to provide education for police officers and the general publi regarding substance abuse and the dangers of drugs!
N.E.O.A. funding comes from a donation program that is registered with the Attorney General. We receive no government funding. We do NOT use a professional fund-raiser but our own support staff so that 100% of our income goes directly into the N.E.O.A. treasury. We are also a tax-deductible 501(c)(3) charitable organization. All of our officers and directors work without pay, as volunteers, to further the goals and aims of the organization.
The ABC of Drugs and Let’s Talk About Drugs are two of our activity/coloring books for younger children. Our pamphlets on Drugs in Connecticut cover such drugs as Ecstasy, Marijuana, Pharmaceuticals, Heroin, Crack Cocaine, Tell-tale Signs of Drug Use, Inhalants and GHB/Rohypnol. Over the years the N.E.O.A. has donated over 95,000 D.A.R.E. workbooks to over forty local police departments for their programs in their schools, and in 2011 we plan to distribute another 5,600 workbooks.
Our speakers routinely conduct drug and gang seminars for organizations such as police departments, EMTs and hospital staffs, Department of Children and Families, Regional Substance Abuse Coalitions, physician and nursing associations, college security forces and resident advisors, school faculties, students and parents.
We are licensed by the Connecticut State Board of Education as a Continuing Education Unit (C.E.U.) provider. We award CEU hours to teachers and educators who attend our drug and gang workshops towards accreditation of their teaching licenses. The N.E.O.A. has appeared at over 125 public, private and parochial schools across Connecticut providing important lectures to these educators and faculties.