Details Released for Gloucester Drug Addiction Recovery Initiative
17 Treatment Centers in 11 States to Partner with Gloucester
Police Discretion Used to Usher Addicts into Recovery, not Holding Cells
GLOUCESTER — Police Chief Leonard Campanello today unveiled detailed plans for The Gloucester Police Department Volunteer ANGEL Program (“The Gloucester Initiative”), a revolutionary shift in municipal policing policy aimed at ushering heroin and opiate addicts into recovery and treatment, rather than jail cells and courtrooms.
The policy has been finalized and will go into effect on Monday, June 1.
“Gloucester is changing the conversation. Police officers exist to help people. Drug addiction is a disease, and drug addicts need help. We, the members of the Gloucester Police Department, are choosing to take direct action,” Chief Campanello said. “The stigma associated with heroin and opiate addiction is over. Police officers are here to help you, not judge you.”