Since 2017, the Operation Hope/Angel Program at the Georgetown Police Department has helped dozens of Scott County residents who are struggling with addiction to substances or alcohol find appropriate treatment options in our area. Any person who enters the Georgetown Police Department and requests help will be immediately screened into our Angel Program for treatment placement; this can range from medical detox to outpatient counseling. Moreover, officers will dispose of any drugs or drug paraphernalia in the participant’s possession and not charge them with a crime. Ultimately, our goal is to connect participants to local/state treatment programs which provide an appropriate continuum of care based on each participant’s needs.
Under the leadership of Chief Mike Bosse, the GPD and its community partners have embraced an innovative law enforcement approach to bring this program to Georgetown. An additional pillar of our program, the Overdose Response Team, which includes our partners at Wedco health department and EMS (Emergency Medical Services), gives out resources in hopes of preventing future overdoses and saving lives.
Our Angel Program strives to provide support for family and friends of loved ones who struggle with addiction. Information about family support groups, Casey’s Law, and treatment programs across the state can be provided. Substance Use Disorder affects individuals, families, and all facets of our community. It does not discriminate.
Recently, the Georgetown Police Department acquired a grant through PAARI (Police Assisted Addiction Recovery Initiative) for two full time Recovery Corps civilian staff members. We also received a smaller grant from Scott County ASAP (Agency for Substance Abuse Policy) to fully fund these positions for one year of service. We are grateful to PAARI and ASAP for their commitment to help reduce drug use and promote effective treatment options for those in need.
Our Angel program also supports education, awareness, and prevention to reduce the frequency of substance use disorders in the community. We support such initiatives as Red Ribbon Week, Impaired Driving Prevention Month, community recovery rallies, health fairs, and prevention education in the schools. We use our social media platforms to promote prevention resources and education.
If your agency or group needs our assistance, please contact us at 502-863-7826. If you are an individual who needs immediate assistance for treatment, see our attached pamphlet for specific details to get the process started.