Police say angel program successful so far

Posted at 10:39 AM, Jul 19, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-19 10:39:53-04

Michigan State Police's angel program is a little unconventional.

If you're an addict, you're allowed to just show up to a post. They'll get you the help that you need as long as you don't have any warrants. And they'll have a volunteer take you to a rehab facility.

"We can't arrest our way out of this problem, we've got to look for some alternative solutions,” Lt. Kevin Rod with the Michigan State Police Jackson Post said. “And helping these folks seek the help they need is one of those avenues."

The program launched in late June. Already the Jackson post has had two people show up looking for help. Which Lieutenant Rod says is a big success.

"It's great that the word is out there," Lt. Rod said.

Local rehab facilities think it's a smart idea.
"I think the fact that we're shedding light and trying new innovative ways of helping addicts is amazing," Corey Warren with RISE Recovery Community said.

Warren used to be an addict himself. He says although an addict may be a little intimidated to show up at a police station…

"The bigger challenge is going to be am i ready to let go of that life that I was living and start this new one," Warren said.

That's why he thinks the angel program will help. He says at the end of the day, the choice to get clean is in the addict’s hands. But they need to know who they can turn to when they make that choice.

"You come to us when you want help and we'll be there with an extended hand,” Warren said. “I think it's a good concept."

And one that MSP are looking to continue.