JACKSON, MICH. In an attempt to assist people struggling with addiction and reduce drug demand, the Michigan State Police (MSP) has now joined almost 200 police departments nation-wide in the Angel Program. The Angel Program allows someone with a drug addiction to walk into a state police post or partnering agency during administrative hours and seek help for their addiction, without the fear of arrest or investigation.
MSP has now expanded this program to the Jackson Post which includes Jackson and Hillsdale counties effective Friday, June 30, 2017. Local law enforcement agencies will also be partnering with this program and include Blackman-Leoni Township Department of Public Safety, Jackson City Police Department, Jackson County Sheriff’s Department, Jonesville Police Department, Hillsdale County Sheriff’s Department, and Hillsdale City Police Department. The post has recently trained Angel Volunteers to provide support and transportation for the participants. The Angel Volunteers assist personnel in finding the appropriate treatment, and then transport the participant to the treatment. Volunteers will receive training prior to any assignments and will be reimbursed for mileage and meals.
Participants must not have active warrants, pending court action, or be a registered sex offender. The participants must also arrive to the post or law enforcement agency voluntarily for treatment. If you are interested in learning more about the program, or if you are interested in becoming an Angel Volunteer, please contact the Michigan State Police Jackson Post at 517-780-4580.