Pre-Arrest Diversion Initiative successfully diverts 99 people from arrest.
- 24 referrals from APD Zone 5
- 4 referrals from APD Zone 6 (only available in two beats)
- Criminal Trespass (35%)
- Pedestrian In Roadway (12%)
- Panhandling (12%)
While diversions for quality of life offenses are a critical step in changing a culture of over-policing, pre-arrest diversion is available for a wide range of potential charges that are associated with substance use, mental illness and poverty. In 2019, PAD will work with APD to promote diversions of drug possession and other drug-related charges, because we know that community health improves when drug use is treated as a medical issue and not a crime.