Law enforcement officers are uniquely positioned to offer key interventions to those with substance use disorders. It is estimated 1.5 million individuals arrested each year are at risk of substance dependence. As the opioid crisis continues, the frequency of rank and file officers acting as first responders and counselors to active users has only increased. To assist law enforcement to manage this role and recognize opportunities to divert people into treatment, JPO has produced an issue brief,
Accessing Substance Use Disorder and Related Treatment Services Training for Law Enforcement
This issue brief highlights programs and curriculum on substance use disorders, mental health disorders, and de-escalation techniques to use in the field. The brief also outlines the need to develop different types of law enforcement informed training.