Operation HOPE: Heroin-Opiate Prevention Effort
The Scarborough Police Department’s Operation HOPE encourages Maine residents who suffer from heroin and opiate addiction to seek help and experience recovery.
"Maine is currently experiencing a heroin problem of near epidemic proportions, and with the number of residents seeking treatment growing every year, a new approach needed to be taken to assist our community and save lives." --- Robbie Moulton, Scarborough Police Chief
We will vigorously target and arrest those persons trafficking and dealing dangerous drugs.
We will treat those suffering from Substance Use Disorder with compassion, care and concern – while fairly enforcing the law.
We will allow you to voluntarily turn in heroin, opiates, needles and paraphernalia, without fear of arrest.
We will assist you in exploring recovery options and seeking help.
Operation HOPE hours: Monday - Friday, 7 a.m. - Noon (Excluding Holidays)
The Impact of Addiction
The men and women of the Scarborough Police Department see firsthand the impact of Substance Use Disorder. Those caught in the grip of heroin and opiate use feel hopeless and powerless to escape its grasp. Substance Use Disorder causes pain and suffering, ruins lives, tears families apart and, all too often, results in death.
Aside from impacting those directly affected by Substance Use Disorder, heroin and opiate use serves as a major source of crime in our community. A significant number of the thefts, burglaries, robberies, and other crimes we see are committed by people struggling with Substance Use Disorder.
We believe we can reduce the impact of heroin and opiate use on our community by encouraging those who suffer from Substance Use Disorder to seek help and experience recovery.
Inspired by a similar, successful effort undertaken by the Gloucester, Massachusetts Police Department, on October 1, 2015, the Scarborough Police Department launched Operation HOPE (the Heroin-Opiate Prevention Effort).
Operation HOPE is our response to the dramatic increase in heroin and opiate use in Maine: