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MSP’s IM Post looking for ‘angels’

Are you willing to serve as an angel in the community for those looking to break away from the demons of addiction?

The Michigan State Police Iron Mountain Post seeks volunteers to assist with the Angel Program, which allows individuals struggling with addiction to walk into any post and ask for assistance without fear of arrest or investigation.

Angel volunteers assist MSP post personnel in finding appropriate treatment options and then transporting the participant to a treatment center. Volunteers are reimbursed for mileage and meal expenses and once eligible — after 20 hours of service — also will receive an hourly stipend.

Angels will be trained by MSP personnel on the responsibilities and expectations of being an Angel.

The MSP Angel Program is supported by P.A.A.R.I. — the Police Assisted Addiction and Recovery Initiative — and modeled after a similar initiative developed in 2015 by a police department in Gloucester, Massachusetts.

The Iron Mountain Post plans to soon start training for new volunteers. Those interested in learning more about the MSP Angel program or becoming an “Angel” volunteer can contact the Iron Mountain Post at 906-774-1877 or go online to www.michigan.gov/AngelProgram. 

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