Somerset Police Partner with P.A.A.R.I. to Create Gloucester-Style Addiction Initiative

Somerset Police Department
Chief George M. McNeil
465 County St.,
Somerset, MA 02726
Leonard Campanello, Co-Founder
John Rosenthal, Co-founder & Chairman
One Bridge St., Suite #300
Newton, MA 02458

For Immediate Release

Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016

Contact: John Guilfoil
Phone: 617-993-0003

Somerset Police Partner with P.A.A.R.I. to Create Gloucester-Style Addiction Initiative

SOMERSET — Chief George M. McNeil is pleased to announce that the Somerset Police Department has joined the Police Assisted Addiction and Recovery Initiative (P.A.A.R.I.) to launch an addiction outreach and recovery program.

Similar to many other communities around the nation, Somerset has been seriously impacted by opioid addiction crisis that has grown dramatically over the last several years. The police department is choosing to make a difference in the community by providing help to those suffering from addiction. This starts with officers encouraging people to come to the police station and seek help without fear of arrest or prosecution, and it includes treating those suffering from addiction with compassion and respect.

The Somerset Police Department will begin its program on March 1 and will be following the Arlington Outreach Initiative model. As a part of the initiative, trained clinicians:

The Arlington Outreach Initiative was created by Arlington Police Chief Frederick Ryan and is inspired by the Gloucester Police Department ANGEL Initiative, created by Gloucester Police Chief Leonard Campanello.

“We admire what P.A.A.R.I. is all about and what the groups stands for in helping those struggling with addiction,” Chief McNeil said. “It is time to take matters into our own hands and create a program that can help out our residents and get them the help that they need in order to recover and take back their lives.”

In addition, the Somerset Police Department will work to:

The department also recently installed a medication disposal box in the lobby of the police station.

Chief Campanello and John Rosenthal, The founders of P.A.A.R.I., are pleased to welcome the Somerset Police Department to P.A.A.R.I. and will work with the department to further their initiative. Chief Ryan, of Arlington, has also reached out to Chief McNeil to offer information and support as the community implements the Arlington model. In making this move, Somerset realizes that there are residents struggling with addiction that are in need of assistance.

About P.A.A.R.I.
The Police Assisted Addiction and Recovery Initiative (P.A.A.R.I.) was started to support local police departments as they work with opioid addicts. Rather than arrest our way out of the problem of drug addiction, P.A.A.R.I. committed police departments:

P.A.A.R.I. was created by Gloucester Police Chief Leonard Campanello and John Rosenthal to bridge the gap between the police department and the opioid addicts seeking recovery.

As of Feb. 11, 2016, 64 police departments, sheriff’s offices, and other law enforcement agencies in 19 states have joined with P.A.A.R.I. to create and launch their own programs and initiatives aimed at attacking drugs from the demand side rather than just the supply.