FLINT TWP. — In an attempt to assist people struggling with addiction and reduce drug demand, the Michigan State Police (MSP) has joined almost 200 police departments nationwide in the Angel Program — a pre-arrest diversion program, according to a press release.
The Angel Program allows people with a drug addiction to walk into a state police post and seek help without the fear of arrest or investigation.
MSP has now expanded this program to the Flint Post. The post is currently seeking individuals to become trained Angel Volunteers to provide support and transportation for the participants. The Angel Volunteers assist post personnel in finding the appropriate treatment, and then transport the participant to the treatment.
Participants must not have active warrants, pending court action, or be a registered sex offender. The participants must also arrive to the post voluntarily for treatment.
Anyone interested in learning more about the program, or interested in becoming an Angel Volunteer, please contact the Michigan State Police Flint Post at 810-732-1111.
The Angel Program is supported by P.A.A.R.I. (the Police Assisted Addiction and Recovery Initiative). The idea began in Gloucester, Massachusetts in 2015. It is now available at state police posts across the northern Lower Peninsula. MSP plans to continue expansion across the state throughout 2017.
For more information contact Trooper Steven A. Kramer at KramerS1@michigan.gov or
Trooper Amy Belanger at BelangerA@michigan.gov