Police-Assisted Addiction and Recovery Initiative Announces 2022 National Law Enforcement Summit

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BOSTON — The Police Assisted Addiction and Recovery Initiative is thrilled to announce that the organization will hold its first national law enforcement summit in three years.

From November 14-15 at Boston University, PAARI will join law enforcement from across the country and public health partners for the organization’s first National Law Enforcement Summit since 2019.

The PAARI National Law Enforcement Summit is an annual meeting that aims to bring together public safety and law enforcement partners at any stage of creating or participating in programs without arrest that help individuals heal and recover. The summit is an opportunity to hear from public safety and public health partners about developments in the field, evidence-based best practices, and to network with other departments involved in similar work.

“Our work is at the intersection of public safety and public health,” said Executive Director Zoe Grover. “Our summit aims to bring together law enforcement from across the country so they can learn about best practices, discuss their work, and share ideas while listening to other public safety and law enforcement partners. public health on up-to-date research and developments. During the two-year hiatus between summits, the field continued to grow and develop. I encourage law enforcement officials, whether they have an established non-arrest program to help individuals recover, or are just beginning, to consider such programs and join us for discussions. important and informative, breaking news and relationship building.

The agenda will include presentations on substance abuse, use of peer support, self-referral models, overdose awareness models, use of opioid settlement funds, restoration centers , low-barrier access to housing and treatment, stigma and language, as well as two social networking events for participants. .

“This gathering will be unlike any other in this field. At this summit, law enforcement, public safety and public health leaders will have a unique opportunity to network and learn about promising practices in the area of ​​diversion, diversion and co-response. said Brittney Garrett, director of public safety training and awareness. “We are thrilled to be back in person and in Boston for our 4th annual summit.”

To view a video recap of the 2019 PAARI National Summit, click here.

To register for the summit, click here.

About PAARI:

The Police Assisted Addiction & Recovery Initiative (PAARI) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to help law enforcement nationwide create non-arrest pathways to treatment and recovery. Founded alongside the groundbreaking Gloucester, Mass., Police Department Angel Initiative in June 2015, PAARI has been a driving force behind this growing community policing movement. We provide technical assistance, strategic advice, connection to training resources and other capacity building resources to more than 700 police departments in 40 states.

PAARI works with more than 130 law enforcement agencies in Massachusetts alone. PAARI and our law enforcement partners are working toward a collective vision where non-arrest diversion programs become standard police practice across the country, thereby reducing overdose deaths, expanding access to treatment, improving public safety, reducing crime, diverting people from the criminal justice system and increasing trust between law enforcement and their communities. Our programs and partners have saved tens of thousands of lives, changed police culture, reshaped the national conversation on the opioid epidemic, and placed more than 30,000 people on treatment since its inception in June 2015. Learn more at paariusa.org.

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