FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 24, 2018
Media Contact: Joanna King
Public Information Officer, City of Ashland
606-327-2033 m: 606-744-4288
ASHLAND POLICE DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES ANGEL INITIATIVE PROGRAM;
PROVIDES SUPPORT FOR COMMUNITY DRUG TREATMENT & RECOVERY
ASHLAND, KY – APRIL 24, 2018 – The Ashland Police Department is proud to announce plans to launch the Angel Program. The Angel Program allows Kentucky law enforcement agencies to carry out their main goal: save lives. This pro-active approach offers an alternative escape to those battling addiction. Under this initiative, anyone battling addiction, or the crisis associated with it, can come to the Ashland Police Department, surrender any illegal items, drugs, or paraphernalia, and be introduced to a mentor (“Angel”) who will connect them with a local treatment facility.
“Do we feel like this is getting soft on crime? No. We believe this is getting smart on crime,” explains Chief Kelley. “This addiction epidemic has affected families in our community. We understand that law enforcement cannot arrest its way out of this problem. The Ashland Police Department will continue our aggressive enforcement efforts aimed at the individuals who are trafficking opioids and poisons to those in this community, but we feel this can help reduce crime while offering support to those who are ready to choose recovery.”
The Ashland Police Department is a community-oriented law enforcement agency with a goal of improving the quality of life of our citizens. This program, along with our involvement in Boyd District/Circuit Drug Courts, is just another step in this effort. Our officers may be confronted by someone needing help to escape the grip of addiction, the Angel Program is an opportunity for us to provide options for those feel they have no options.
How to enroll:
Walk in. Ask for help. It’s that easy!
What will happen:
An "Angel” at the department will meet with the person in need and connect them with one of the nearby treatment centers and health professionals that are experts in assisting individuals with drug addiction treatment.
This program is created pursuant to KRS 15.525 Referral program for substance abuse treatment.