Police-Assisted Diversion (PAD)
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Police-Assisted Diversion (PAD) is a program that is offered for low-level, non-violent drug, prostitution, and retail theft offenses.
- The program works to divert those people away from the criminal justice system and towards supportive, peer-based social services that are customized to the participants' needs.
- PAD is a collaboration between police officers, service providers, and community residents, and takes a health-centered approach to law enforcement.
- The PAD program works with participants to address issues surrounding access to basic needs, appropriate medical care, and the development and achievement of short and long-term goals.
- PAD services are voluntary, free to the participant, and will continue for as long as the participant requests help from the program. PAD operates Monday through Friday between 12-8PM.