P.A.A.R.I. Executive Director Allie Hunter is pleased to announce the recipients of P.A.A.R.I.’s 2019 Leadership Awards.
P.A.A.R.I. was founded in June 2015 alongside the groundbreaking Gloucester Police Department ANGEL Initiative, which reinvented the way law enforcement agencies address addiction in their own communities by treating it as a treatable disease rather than a crime. Since 2015, P.A.A.R.I. has grown into a national movement of nearly 500 law enforcement agencies creating access points to treatment and recovery. P.A.A.R.I.’s fourth annual Leadership Awards serve as an opportunity to recognize the individuals who make this work possible.
“It has been a true honor to work alongside the recipients this year,” Hunter said. “These awards are just a small way to recognize their dedication and leadership and our collective local and national impact creating non-arrest pathways to treatment and recovery.”
P.A.A.R.I.’s fourth year celebration and awards ceremony will be held on Wednesday, June 26 at 6 p.m. at the Gloucester House, 63 Rogers St., Gloucester, MA.
The public is invited to help celebrate this milestone and tickets to the event can be purchased online here and at the door on June 26. The event is open to the press.
Law Enforcement Leadership
Boston Police Department (Massachusetts): Deputy Michael Stratton, Lt. David Murphy, Sgt. Peter Messina, Officers Josh DeLisle, Joshua De La Rosa, and Daniel Harlow
Chelsea Police Department (Massachusetts): Chief Brian Brian Kyes, Captain Dave Batchelor, and Community Engagement Specialist Dan Cortez
Gloucester Police Department (Massachusetts): Lt. Jeremiah Nicastro and Sgt. Sean Connors
Newton Police Department (New Jersey): Chief Michael Richards
Anne Arundel County Police (Maryland): Lt. Steve Thomas and Crisis Response Director Jen Corbin
Government and Community Leadership
Boston Mayor Marty Walsh
Gloucester Mayor Sefatia Theken
State Representative Marjorie Decker (Massachusetts)
State Senator Bruce Tarr (Massachusetts)
Gloucester Public Health Director, Karin Carroll
Monica Bharel, Commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health
Massachusetts Organization for Addiction Recovery (MOAR): Executive Director Maryanne Franguls and Public Policy & Communications Director Jared Owen
Vicky Butler, Operations Supervisor, Plymouth County Outreach
James Carroll, Director of the U.S. Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP)
Stephenie Jesi Memorial Scholarship