Oct 27, 2015 2:05 PM

Study shows police program pushing treatment for drug offenses successful in dropping crime rates

GLOUCESTER, Mass., - The Gloucester Police Department announced Tuesday that early statistics show the ANGEL initiative, that places people who commit drug offenses in treatment rather than in jail, are positive.

According to the Gloucester Police, since June 1, 260 people have been placed in treatment.

Gloucester Police Chief Leonard Campanello said there has also been a 23 percent drop in drug-related crime statistics.

“Now, we are also beginning to see other benefits in crime statistics and monetary costs that also show us that we appear to be on the right path of the ANGEL Initiative,” Campanello said.

The department studied statistics on crimes such as shoplifting, breaking and entering and larceny to find the decrease in crimes from June to August this year, compared to the same time last year.

Since the ANGEL Initiative and the Police Assisted Addiction and Recovery Initiative launched, 34 other agencies from nine states and 55 treatment centers have joined.

No police departments in NH are part of the ANGEL Initiative program yet.

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