Return to Shift From Punishment to Treatment

Across the country, the Gloucester model is being promoted through a nonprofit network co-founded by Rosenthal and Campanello. That organization -- the Police Assisted Addiction and Recovery Initiative -- has been joined by law-enforcement agencies from California to Maine. In a 2016 report, the Police Executive Research Forum describes how the ANGEL Program works, its partnerships, outcomes, and expansion.[1]
  • Under the program, the Gloucester Police Department allows opioid drug users to turn in their illegal drugs; then, instead of arresting the individuals on possession charges, the police department assigns an “angel” who helps users find and enter into treatment.[2]
  • In 417 cases where a person who visited the Gloucester police station was eligible for treatment, police data showed that 94.5 percent were offered direct placement and 89.7 percent enrolled in detox or other recovery services[3]


  1. ^ Police Executive Research Forum. 2016. Building Successful Partnerships between Law Enforcement and Public Health Agencies to Address Opioid Use. COPS Office Emerging Issues Forums. Washington, DC: Office of Community Oriented Policing Services.
    https://ric-zai-inc.com/Publications/cops-p356-pub.pdf
  2. ^ https://nonprofitquarterly.org/2016/06/03/one-year-later-gloucesters-opioid-program-inspires-policy-reform/
  3. ^ https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2017/02/21/angel-opioid-initiative-thrives-despite-exit-gloucester-police-chief/hvH14GgG0dRYTXJOpGEswO/story.html