The Norwood Police Department of Massachusetts recently published on its website a strategy for fighting heroin and prescription painkiller abuse.
Chief of Police William G. Brooks III said in a statement that copies of the document have been distributed to all Department personnel, as well as published on the department’s website for the public to view “in a spirit of candor.”
The comprehensive strategy outlined in the document aims to address heroin and prescription painkillers abuse head-on. Aside from its ultimate goal of reducing the number of people who use heroin and abuse prescription opioids, other objectives of the plan include being able to arrest drug dealers, help landlords evict them, leverage addicts into treatment, and educate the public.
Norwood Police multifaceted plan starts with strategic policing which is designed around the principles of the New York City Police Department’s (NYPD) Compstat approach.
Drug intervention is also an important part of Norwood Police Department’s strategy to effectively combat the problem of heroin and prescription abuse. They will institute a Drug Intervention program whereby officers approach addicts and offer them assistance in finding treatment. The department’s website lists drug treatment programs and all personnel have access to a list of detoxes and other drug treatment programs on the Department’s internal computer system and cruiser laptops.