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Warm Handoff

A LEAD warm handoff describes the process by which a LEAD participant is diverted out of the criminal legal system and into LEAD’s community-based case management. In a LEAD warm handoff, rather than making an arrest, a police officer calls the LEAD case management, who comes to the scene or the police station to meet the individual, explain LEAD, and invite the person to opt in to LEAD. Once the person has accepted the referral, the officer is free to return to other duties.