P.A.A.R.I. is a community policing movement to create non-arrest pathways to treatment and recovery. The following agencies have joined us by creating entry points to treatment and lending their voice to the movement. P.A.A.R.I. and our law enforcement partners are working towards a collective vision where non-arrest diversion programs become a standard community policing practice across the country, thereby reducing overdose deaths, expanding access to treatment, improving public safety, reducing crime, diverting people away from the criminal justice system, and increasing trust between law enforcement and their communities.
The Gloucester ANGEL Initiative came first. Click here for more information.
Then came the Arlington Outreach Initiative.
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Police
The VA Police agreed in May 2015 to work with police departments, starting with Gloucester, to conduct direct outreach to homeless and addicted veterans.
Massachusetts Major City Chiefs of Police Association
The Massachusetts Major City Chiefs endorsed the Gloucester ANGEL Initiative in June 2015.
Essex County Sheriff
Essex Sheriff Frank Cousins is exploring the possibility of converting a portion of the Middleton House of Corrections into treatment and detox beds. He endorsed The Gloucester ANGEL Initiative in June 2015.
Methuen Police Department
The Methuen, Mass. Police Department adopted a program inspired by the Arlington Outreach Initiative in July 2015.
Andover Police Department
The Andover, Mass. Police Department adopted a program inspired by the Arlington Outreach Initiative in July 2015.
Groton Police Department
The Groton, Conn. Police Department hosted Gloucester Police Chief Leonard Campanello in July 2015 for a talk on addiction treatment. They have committed to creating their own addiction outreach program.
Lee County and Dixon, Ill.
In August 2015, Lee County Sheriff John Simoton and Dixon Police Chief Dan Langloss created The Safe Passage Initiative: Police Giving Hope to Addicts Through the Tools For Recovery, an addiction recovery initiative modeled after Gloucester, aimed at encouraging addicts to seek the help of police officers and sheriff’s deputies, who will in turn get them into treatment.
Broome County, N.Y.
The Broome County Sheriff, with the support of the Port Dickinson Police Department and other agencies, is creating an addiction treatment program. This began after Chief Campanello visited Binghamton in August 2015.
The Paris, Maine Police Department is exploring its own addiction program.
Jefferson County, N.Y. Sheriff’s Office
In Sept. 2015, the Jefferson County Sheriff committed to partnering with P.A.A.R.I. and implementing an addiction treatment program.