In 2016, Northampton police officers teamed up with Hampshire HOPE to create a Drug Abuse Response Team (DART) to serve the city of Northampton. In May of 2017, the name of this program changed to the Drug Addiction and Recovery Team.
DART members are patrol officers who have volunteered to be a part of this program in addition to their regular patrol duties. They attend specialized trainings and collaborate with local organizations to assist members of our community struggling with substance abuse issues. Although all Northampton police officers are trained in opioid overdose response, DART officers are able to provide additional post-overdose resources including connecting the individual with a peer recovery coach or transporting them to a treatment facility. DART officers often work with and provide resources to the family and friends of individuals struggling with substance abuse issues and provide free Naloxone and Naloxone training to Northampton residents and businesses upon request.
Northampton DART officers: Kenneth Kirchner, Heather Longley, Steven Rattlesdorfer, Tyler Hampson, and Rachel Bunce.