The Colonial Regional Police Department recognizes that the misuse of Opioids in the United States is of epidemic proportions. Opioid misuse and addiction in some way affects every household in America. The members of the Colonial Regional Police Department have partnered with the Bethlehem Health Bureau to take an active and compassionate role in helping people deal with opioid and other drug addictions.
The Colonial Regional Police Department is the latest police department in Northampton County to offer a program that connects heroin and opioid addicts to treatment. The Northampton County Heroin and Opioid Overdose Task Force worked with the City of Bethlehem and Bangor Police Departments to implement such a program last year. CPAIR (Colonial Police Assisting in Recovery) is modeled after the ANGEL program developed by the Gloucester Police Department. This program is unique in that it brings law enforcement, drug and alcohol treatment providers and individuals seeking treatment together in an effort to reduce heroin and opioid use. Funding for the program was provided by a grant from the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency.
CPAIR allows an individual struggling with a drug addiction to walk into the Colonial Regional Police Department between 8:00 a.m.-midnight and ask for assistance. The police department will then arrange for a professional to complete a drug and alcohol intake assessment and assist with finding a treatment facility. A peer recovery support specialist will also be provided to support the individual during the recovery process.
If you or someone you know is struggling with drug addictions please reach out to any officer of the Colonial Regional Police Department for help. You may contact the Chief of Police personally at:
Chief James DePalma
Phone: 610 861-4820