Non-traditional form of policing saves addicts from overdosing

MONROE COUNTY (13abc Action News) - Law enforcement is taking a non-traditional form of policing to save addicts from overdosing. With the Angel Program, an addict high and carrying drugs can walk into the Michigan State Police Monroe Post and not go to jail.

The program starts Friday, June 30, 2017 and volunteers are already prepared to assist.

Lt. Tony Cuevas, the MSP Monroe Post Commander said, "if someone comes in as a citizen who is addicted and come in to the Monroe post they will be able to participate in this program and we would get and angel volunteer to guide them through the process of finding some treatment center."

To be a volunteer you must complete an application, have reliable transportation, a valid driver's license and live within one hour of the post. Volunteers will receive training before helping any individual and will be reimbursed for mileage and meals.

Contact Lt. Cuevas at 734-242-3500 for more information.

The Angel Program originated in Gloucester, Massachusetts in 2015. MSP has joined about 200 police departments nationwide in this pre-arrest diversion program.