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HomeMy WebLinkAboutPolicy 237 - Law Enforcement Addiction Assistance ProgramOSHKOSH POLICE DEPARTMENT POLICY AND PROCEDURE TITLE: Law Enforcement Addiction Assistance Program (LEAAP) POLICY SERIES: 237 Effective Date: June 28, 2019 Date Issued: May 29, 2019 Chief of Police: Chief Dean Smith (Signature on File) Date Signed: 5-29-2019 CALEA Standard: NA WILEAG Standards: NA Statutory References: Wis. NA Final Review Date: May 29. 2019 Review By: Command Staff / PSD Lieutenant Rescinds Policy Dated: New Policy SECTION DESCRIPTION 237.01 Purpose 237.02 Program Considerations 237.03 Program Intake 237.04 Persons Not Eligible to Participate in LEAAP 237.05 Processing of Eligible Participants 237.06 LEAAP Volunteer Contact Information en/„ LEAAP Intake Form 1e 11 °, LEAAP Participant Agreement m 1 Health Disclosure Form :. :i. 11 Recovery Coach Intake Form 237.01 PURPOSE Heroin and prescription opioid drug abuse is a public health crisis which has caused record overdose deaths and contributed to increases in crime. There are many resources available in the Fox Valley, but understanding how to access these services can be difficult. With strong community support and recognition that addiction is not 1 a crime, the Oshkosh Police is working to address the needs of any person who contacts the Oshkosh Police Department requesting help with their opiate addiction. By encouraging individuals with addiction to seek help from law enforcement, without fear of being arrested and prosecuted, and connecting them with treatment, the police department hopes to reduce future crimes and overdose deaths associated with drug addiction 237.02 Program Considerations A. Voluntariness — Participation in LEAAP is voluntary. If a potential program participant subsequently elects not to request assistance or continue with program screening, they will be allowed to depart and no force will be used to detain them or prevent them from doing so. B. Medical Concerns - If at any time the participant is noted to be in medical distress or appears to be physically ill, EMS personnel may be called to respond as in any medical emergency. Officers may also transport participants to local hospitals if they require withdrawal assistance. C. Amnesty - Amnesty for potential participants and approved participants will only exist for possession of paraphernalia and possession of controlled substances turned over at the time of admission screening. Any other violations of the law related to the participant will be dealt with accordingly. If any other criminal issues exist, the program coordinator will refer the matter to the Winnebago County District Attorney's Office for evaluation. D. Program Coordinator — The assigned supervisor responsible for the coordination and evaluation of the program. 237.03 Program Intake A. Upon notification that an individual is requesting to participate in LEAAP, an assist complaint will be initiated. Individuals may present at the telecommunications desk, a medical facility, or during an officer contact. B. When an individual requests to participate in LEAAP the involved officer shall contact the Peer Response Information Support and Maintenance (PRISM) Hotline at (920) 345-7747 and request a LEAAP Intake volunteer respond to the officer's location. 2 C. The officer will greet the participant and express their support for the participant seeking help. At all times, the participant will be treated with respect, care and compassion and reassured that it is our goal to assist them in exploring treatment options and attempting to identify a program or facility which can assist them. D. The officer should keep in mind that this is major step in the participant's life and that their contact with the participant will play a large role in helping them make life saving changes to their behavior. E. The officer will ascertain and verify if the program participant possesses any contraband they wish to relinquish or possesses any weapons (i.e. prudent officer safety measures). This will include a search of program participant. If a person denies consent to the search, the contact will terminate until the participant consents to a search. F. The officer will verify with the participant that they are ready to accept help and commit to a treatment program. This will involve following treatment facility rules and possibly having to travel to an out-of-town facility. G. The officer will take steps to positively identify the program participant through a photo driver's license, photo identification card, or other means. H. The assigned officer will ensure a criminal history check along with a TIME System query for warrants and sex offender status is completed on the participant to determine if any disqualifying factors exist. 1. If an individual is determined to be on probation, it is not necessarily a disqualifying factor. The requested placement should be coordinated with the subject's probation officer. 237.04 Disqualifiers to Participate in LEAAP A. Individuals with outstanding arrest warrants 1. If the Individual has an actionable Winnebago County or other jurisdiction arrest warrant or apprehension request, he/she will be deemed ineligible to participate in the program. The individual shall be taken into custody, and transported to the Winnebago County Jail as normal. 3 2. Individuals arrested on outstanding warrants should be informed that upon completion of their legal obligations associated with the warrant, they may again seek help under LEAAP. 3. If the individual has a non -extraditable arrest warrant in another jurisdiction, he/she will be deemed ineligible to participate in the program. B. Registered sex offenders and individuals previously convicted of felony sex offenses. C. Individuals who express issues including but not limited to; severe mental health concerns, suicidal or homicidal threats, and/or criminal histories indicating reasonable belief of threats. 1. If the officer or supervisor has a reasonable belief that the Intake Volunteers or others could be harmed, the subject will not be allowed to participate in the program. D. Individuals under age 18 that do not have parent or guardian consent. Individuals under age 18 may participate if they have a parent or guardian present. E. If an individual is ineligible for program participation the officer shall direct them to the Winnebago County Drug and Alcohol Coalition website, t'J 1sm// .- fry/ . The officer may also suggest the individual contact the Addiction Recovery Helpline by dialing 211 on their phone. 237.05 Processing of Eligible Participants A. The officer shall confirm whether the program participant has any drugs and/or drug paraphernalia to relinquish, and if so: 1. Seize and inventory the items. 2. Package items in an appropriate manner (to include the use of "sharps containers" if appropriate) as required in Policy 142 - Property Handling. B. If at any point a subject who has relinquished drugs and/or drug equipment under LEAAP subsequently withdraws their request for assistance or elects to 4 discontinue program screening, they will not be charged with possessing the items they have already relinquished. C. The officer will ensure that the LEAAP intake form, participant agreement, and health disclosure forms are completed. D. Upon the arrival of the Intake volunteer(s), the officer will introduce the Intake person (by first name only) and transition the program participant to the care of Intake. The officer will provide Intake with the Intake LEAAP form if the intake worker does not have one available, and a copy of the completed LEAAP Participant Agreement form. E. Officers will remain on the call until it is determined if the participant needs transportation to a local hospital. F. If transportation is required either an ambulance or the officer if appropriate will transport the participant to the hospital or medical facility of their choice. Intake will meet the officer and participant at the hospital. The officer may then leave once Intake and participant are reunited. An officer may be dispatched to provide transport from the medical facility to the participant's home (if within the City of Oshkosh) if needed. G. Upon completing the call the officer will complete an offense report detailing the contact to include any items logged into evidence. The call should be labeled Assist with LEAAP noted in the comments. H. After completion of LEAAP process the officer shall email the Department's LEAAP Coordinator with a brief summary and complaint number. 5