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Deflection Training for Law Enforcement – The Basics of Addiction and Recovery

  • February 02, 2022
  • (EST)
  • February 03, 2022
  • (EST)
  • 2 sessions
  • February 02, 2022, 1:00 PM 5:00 PM (EST)
  • February 03, 2022, 8:00 AM 12:00 PM (EST)
  • Chemeketa Brooks Regional Training Center


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Deflection Training for Law Enforcement – The Basics of Addiction and Recovery

Target Audience:

Priority seating for all law enforcement (police, sheriff), first responders (EMS/Fire), and those working as part of an arrest diversion team in any form. 

Sponsoring Agency:

Marion County Sheriff's Office/Marion County LEAD, Oregon Peace Officers Association, and Oregon State Sheriffs' Association

Date and Time:

Feb 2, 2022 from 1:00 - 5:00 pm OR Feb 3, 2022 from 8:00 am - 12:00 pm



Training Location:

Chemeketa Brooks Regional Training Center, Bldg. #1 / Rooms 105-106, 4910 Brooklake Rd. NE, Salem OR 97305 


Jac A. Charlier, MPA, Executive Director, TASC’s Center for Health and Justice (CHJ) Executive Director, Police, Treatment, and Community Collaborative (PTACC)

Mariel S. Hufnagel – MPA, CNP, CPRS — Executive Director of CASA of Union County

DPSST Training Category: General

Brief Overview:

The Deflection training session for Law Enforcement includes the following topics:

  • The basics of addiction (not drug use) understood within the context of the purpose and practice of law enforcement deflection
  • Medication-Assisted Recovery/Treatment – How medications for opioids are not “substituting one drug for another”
  •  Drug treatment: What it is and how it works
  • Understanding that recovery from drug use does happen and what that can look like over time
  • Criminogenic Risk-Need – How addressing addiction and other issues people face can reduce crime

As a result of the Deflection training session, attendees will be able to:

  • Understand addiction as a chronic, relapsing disease of the brain
  • Know the purpose and value of the use of medications for addressing opioid use disorder
  • Explain the implications of addiction for deflection encounters
  • State the importance of SUD treatment as part of a deflection strategy to reduce crime and promote an individual’s well-being
  • Understand that recovery from addiction is possible and what it looks like
  • Describe how deflection interrupts the linkage between addiction (drug use) and crime
  • State the importance in deflection of avoiding, reducing, and addressing SUD stigma as a barrier to accessing treatment 

Contact Information:

Alicia Davis at (970) 412-4544 or training4@opoa.info.


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