Granite State News Collaborative

Part 1: In Brattleboro, a new kind of police patrol pushes treatment, not jail

It’s a model that’s catching on. Looking for alternatives to arrest, police departments in Brattleboro and elsewhere are using their 24/7 presence and regular contact with drug users to refer them to treatment. While the details vary, in general, these departments put the word out that just about anyone can walk up to an officer — or into the police station — and ask for help. READ MORE