LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – If you showed up at the Jeffersontown Police Department with heroin, needles, or prescriptions you might think officers would put you behind bars. But as of Monday, the department is opening its doors to addicts as part of its Angel Initiative.
"If you bring in drugs and drug paraphernalia we will not charge you for those. We will get rid of them for you and connect you with a treatment resource in the community," Sgt. Brittney Garrett said.
The city of Jeffersontown is just one of thousands of towns in America touched by a heroin epidemic. No city, no person is immune.
"I think most of the time when we deal people with substance use disorder they're at their worst, they're out on the street or committing crime," Garrett said.
The Jeffersontown Police Department is the first in the state of Kentucky to meet addicts with an open door policy. They can step inside and not be met with a set of handcuffs.
"They will be met with compassion and empathy and they will have that support from the beginning," Garrett said.
The Angel Initiative connects addicts with recovery options. They hope meeting a police officer, will be a person's first step in getting clean.
"You have to want this. You have to want our help," Garrett said.
People can walk through the doors of the Jeffersontown Police Department anytime between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.
The program is always looking for volunteers. For more information about the program or to see how to help, click or tap here.