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Project REACH

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2018, $699,400)

Strategies for Policing Innovation provides resources and opportunities to enable police agencies to identify and define their most pressing crime problems and institute lasting operational and organizational changes in their agencies. Recipients of this grant program will test promising crime prevention, response, and reduction practices; implement evidence-based interventions; improve the effectiveness and efficiency of police agencies’ processes and procedures; and establish a system for evaluating their effectiveness. SPI is part of the Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) Suite of Programs, which is focused on reducing violent crime. These initiatives will coordinate proactively with the PSN team in the respective district of the United States Attorney’s Office (USAO) to enhance collaboration and strengthen the commitment to reducing violent crime.

The Holyoke Police Department will use funds primarily for salaries that support a project coordinator, a narcotics intervention officer, recovery coach, and mental health supervisor. Through the Project Recovery and Engagement of Addicts and Chronic users of Heroin (REACH) Project, the Holyoke Police Department will address the significant opiate drug problem in Holyoke, MA. Project goals are to decrease the number of overdose victims, decrease the number of narcotics crimes and increase the support systems for people addicted to opioids in Holyoke, MA.

Date Created: October 1, 2018