Opioid Epidemic Task Force: REAP

The Rapid Evaluation Appropriate Placement (REAP) Initiative is led by Dan Rinaldo of NYNJ-HIDTA. Participating law enforcement agencies will provide people with a substance use disorder a streamlined path towards treatment and rehabilitiation.

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"Angel" Volunteers

Are you a person with a substance misuse disorder? Do you know someone who is? It’s time to get help.

The REAP Initiative is a revolutionary policing program aimed at getting individuals with a substance use disorder the help they need, instead of putting them in handcuffs.

If a persons with a substance use disorder comes to the police and asks for help, the person will be paired with a volunteer “Angel” who will help guide them through the process. If you have drugs or drug paraphernalia on you, we will dispose of it for you. You will not be arrested. You will not be charged with a crime. You will not be jailed. 

The Erie County Opioid Epidemic Task Force partners with all of the organizations and groups in Erie County that touch opioid use and treatment and can easily connect a person with a substance use disorder with the treatment the person need to get well. 

Sign up to become an "Angel:"

In order to submit an application to the screening process, in 1 - 2 paragraphs please let us know why you are interested in becoming an "Angel" and why you are a candidate that should be brought on board.

Once candidates are screened and selected, they will be notified of training requirements and times and sites available.  We hope to complete the first round of selections and trainings in the next 6-8 weeks. 

Save and submit by email to angels@bpdny.org

Forms can also be mailed to:

Captain Jeff Rinaldo
Care of the Angel Program
Buffalo Police Department
74 Franklin Street
Buffalo, NY  14202
Fax: 716 851-4081

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95 Franklin Street
Buffalo, New York 14202

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