CPD Chief Lentz announced the launch of Operation Angel in May of 2016. The innovative program was adopted by select departments across the country as a way to provide people with substance abuse issues treatment and help instead of incarceration. To date, over 100 people have walked through the CPD doors seeking help through this program. Chief Lentz talks about Operation Angel in his own words:
“On May 2nd, 2016 we launched Operation Angel. Since then, over 100 people have walked through our doors asking for help with addiction. For the last year, we have been fortunate to have one of our residents, Linda Hudson, volunteer her time for the Operation Angel Program. Linda keeps in touch with those who enter the program and helps them continue on their road to recovery. Through her efforts and their hard work, we have determined that 39% of the people who walked through our doors are clean and sober today!
As a celebration of their recovery, we invited those individuals back to the Police Department this evening for a catered event, where Chief Lentz presented each with a certificate of achievement and an Operation Angel challenge coin.
Tonight’s celebration was fully funded through the generosity and support of our community. Catering was provided by the Columbia Street Tap Room. Flowers were donated by CJ’s Florist and Mr. Ronnie Briggs was kind enough to donate the funds to purchase the challenge coins.
Please join us in congratulating each of these men and women for their hard work and self-determination to succeed. It was an honor to spend the evening with them, as well as St. Tammany Parish Government President Pat Brister, who came to show her support for the program.” CPD Chief Tim Lentz
Congratulations to the Operation Angel successes, and to all who actively work to better themselves This type of program provides people with the support they need to overcome the physical and mental debilitation of substance abuse.