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Hope Not Handcuffs

What is Hope Not Handcuffs?


Launched February 1, 2017, Hope Not Handcuffs is an initiative started by Michigan based, Families Against Narcotics. The program brings law enforcement and community organizations together in an effort to find viable treatment options for individuals seeking help to reduce dependency with heroin, prescription drugs, and other substances.

As of February 2022 Hope Not Handcuffs is working with more than 160 law enforcement agencies and has helped more than 6785 participants connect to treatment.

Just Walk In


When a person is ready to begin the process of recovery, they can walk into the Wappingers Falls Police Department, or any of the other participating police agencies, and ask for help.

They will be greeted with support, compassion and respect. Once accepted into the program, the individual will be guided through a brief intake process to ensure proper treatment placement.

A trained Angel volunteer will be called to the station to help with paperwork and to provide support until a treatment option is found. Regardless of insurance status, the team will work directly with local substance abuse services for placement in a treatment facility as soon as possible.


Participating Dutchess County Police Departments

  • Wappingers Falls Police Department

  • Beacon Police Department

  • East Fishkill Police Department

  • City of Poughkeepsie Police Department

  • Hyde Park Police Department

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