The Arlington Police Department offers a variety of resources and services to the residents of Arlington. Our services include child safety seat inspections, a Safewatch program for the at-risk population, and enrollment in the annual Citizens Police Academy. View details about these services and other resources below.
Do you identify as LGBTQ? Or would you like to learn more about the LGBTQ community? The following organizations offer a multitude of services and education.
Fenway Community Health Center
(617) 267-0900; GBLT Helpline – (617) 267-9001
The Fenway Health Center has extensive experience in women’s health, particularly understanding of the unique needs of lesbians, bisexual and transgender women. Information, help, referrals, and support are offered through the helpline.
Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network
The Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN) is a national organization making schools safer for ALL students, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression. GLSEN runs conferences, days of action, and workshops for educators and students.
GBLT National Help Center
GBLT National Help Center offers peer counseling, local resources, and information for callers of all ages.
National Youth Advocacy Coalition
The National Youth Advocacy Coalition (NYAC) is a national organization that works with LGBTQ young people to strengthen their role in the LGBTQ rights movement. NYAC has a national collection of information about LGBTQ issues, and resources.
Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG)
Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) is a national support, education and advocacy organization for LGBT people, their families, friends and allies. PFLAG provides PFLAG chapter help-lines, support group meetings and resources, and education to families and communities on LGBT issues. The Boston/Greater Boston chapter is located at 85 River Street, #5A in Waltham. To contact them, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call.
7 Cups has online forums for all different mental health concerns. You can also speak online or over the phone with staff one-on-one. Volunteers are available to speak 24/7 either online or over the phone 24/7. Phone numbers can be found on the site. Users can also speak with a licensed therapist. Those sessions cost $150.
Well Connection is available to those with Blue Cross/Blue Shield Health Insurance. Users can speak live with a real doctor for both medical and mental health concerns. Meetings are secure and confidential, and doctors are available 24/7.
Advocates Psychiatric Emergency Services: If you are experiencing a mental health or emotional crisis, please call 800-640-5432 to speak to an Advocates crisis clinician. Staff are available to help 24 hours a day, every day.
“We understand during this difficult time people are in need of these critical services,” said Chief Flaherty. “It is more important than ever for our community to have access to support and resources. Any resident who is having difficulty obtaining these services is encouraged to call the Arlington Police Department business line at 781-643-1212 and we will assist however possible.”
“Despite certain disruptions to everyday services and supports, there are many online and remote resources that are available to those in need,” Arlington Police Clinical Responder Rebecca Wolfe said. “We commend the hard work of our behavioral health and substance abuse agencies during this difficult time.”
The Commonwealth of Massachusetts has also rolled out 2-1-1 for COVID-19. Residents can call 2-1-1 at all hours (24/7) for more information and updates surrounding COVID-19.
View the 2019 Multicultural Mental Health Resource Directory by the MA Department of Mental Health
Office of Race, Equity, and Inclusion. The goal of this directory is to increase access to culturally and linguistically appropriate care and thereby support the elimination of health disparities.
The Arlington Police Department has been actively involved in and takes pride in our community outreach. We started the Opiate Outreach Initiative program, are involved in Communities for Restorative Justice, and offer a self defense program called R.A.D. View details about these programs below.
Doing a Lot with a Little:How to Start a Police Department-Based Opiate Outreach Program
In July 2015, the Arlington Police Department outlined a new strategy for police officers to get directly involved in the demand side of the heroin and opiate crisis by working with a public health clinician to conduct direct outreach to the known substance user community and their families, friends, and caregivers. This program is called the Arlington Opiate Outreach Initiative.
Outreach phone call or visit after an overdose or referral
Education and Awareness (Arlington A.C.T.S.)
If someone you know is currently experiencing an overdose:
CALL FOR HELP (CALL 911)
AN OPIOID OVERDOSE NEEDS IMMEDIATE MEDICAL ATTENTION. An essential step is to get someone with medical expertise to see the patient as soon as possible, so if no EMS or other trained personnel are on the scene, dial 911 immediately. All you have to say is: “Someone is not breathing.” Be sure to give a clear address and/or description of your location. Good Samaritan Law
CHECK FOR SIGNS OF
Signs of Overdose, which often results in death if not treated, include:
Face is extremely pale and/or clammy to the touch
Body is limp
Fingernails or lips have a blue or purple cast
The patient is vomiting or making gurgling noises
He or she cannot be awakened from sleep or is unable to speak
Breathing is very slow or stopped
Heartbeat is very slow or stopped.
Signs of Over medication, which may progress to overdose, include:
Unusual sleepiness or drowsiness
Mental confusion, slurred speech, intoxicated behavior
Slow or shallow breathing
Slow heartbeat, low blood pressure
Difficulty waking the person from sleep.
Because opioids depress respiratory function and breathing, one telltale sign of a person in a critical medical state is the “death rattle.” If a person emits a “death rattle” — an exhaled breath with a very distinct, labored sound coming from the throat — emergency resuscitation will be necessary immediately, as it almost always is a sign that the individual is near death.
Ideally, individuals who are experiencing opioid overdose should be ventilated with 100% oxygen before naloxone is administered so as to reduce the risk of acute lung injury. In situations where 100% oxygen is not available, rescue breathing can be very effective in supporting respiration. Rescue breathing consists of the following steps:
Be sure the person's airway is clear (check that nothing inside the
person’s mouth or throat is blocking the airway).
Place one hand on the person's chin, tilt the head back and pinch the nose closed.
Place your mouth over the person's mouth to make a seal and give 2 slow breaths.
The person's chest should rise (but not the stomach).
Follow up with one breath every 5 seconds.
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Naloxone (Narcan) should be administered to any person who shows signs of opioid overdose, or when overdose is suspected. Naloxone injection is approved by the FDA and has been used for decades by emergency medical services (EMS) personnel to reverse opioid overdose and resuscitate individuals who have overdosed on opioids.
Naloxone can be given by intramuscular or intravenous injection every 2 to 3 minutes. The most rapid onset of action is achieved by intravenous administration, which is recommended in emergency situations. The dose should be titrated to the smallest effective dose that maintains spontaneous normal respiratory drive.
Opioid-naive patients may be given starting doses of up to 2 mg without concern for triggering withdrawal symptoms. The intramuscular route of administration may be more suitable for patients with a history of opioid dependence because it provides a slower onset of action and a prolonged duration of effect, which may minimize rapid onset of withdrawal symptoms.
MONITOR THE PERSON’S RESPONSE
All patients should be monitored for recurrence of signs and symptoms of opioid toxicity for at least 4 hours from the last dose of naloxone or discontinuation of the naloxone infusion. Patients who have overdosed on long-acting opioids should have more prolonged monitoring.
Most patients respond by returning to spontaneous breathing, with minimal withdrawal symptoms. The response generally occurs within 3 to 5 minutes of naloxone administration. (Rescue breathing should continue while waiting for the naloxone to take effect.) Naloxone will continue to work for 30 to 90 minutes, but after that time, overdose symptoms may return. Therefore, it is essential to get the person to an emergency department or other source of medical care as quickly as possible, even if he or she revives after the initial dose of naloxone and seems to feel better.
Dos and Don’ts in Responding to Opioid Overdose
DO support the person’s breathing by
administering oxygen or performing
DO administer naloxone.
DO put the person in the “recovery position” on the side, if he or she is breathing independently.
DO stay with the person and keep him/her warm.
DON'T slap or try to forcefully stimulate the person — it will only cause further injury. If you are unable to wake the person by shouting, rubbing your knuckles on the sternum (center of the chest or rib cage), or light pinching, he or she may be unconscious.
DON'T put the person into a cold bath or shower. This increases the risk of falling, drowning or going into shock.
DON'T inject the person with any substance (salt water, milk, “speed,” heroin, etc.). The only safe and appropriate treatment is naloxone.
DON'T try to make the person vomit drugs that he or she may have swallowed. Choking or inhaling vomit into the lungs can cause a fatal injury.
NOTE: All naloxone products have an expiration date, so it is important to check the expiration date and obtain replacement naloxone as needed.
Coming Home Day
We encourage anyone being discharged from treatment to call or email me (see below). We will arrange for a community volunteer to meet with you on the day of discharge and bring you to an AA meeting or help link you to other services. Coming Home Day is a kind of social or community relapse prevention, bridging the precarious gap between inpatient care and community living.
For more information on overdoses, please visit SAMHSA's website.
To download a copy of the SAMHSA opioid overdose prevention toolkit, click here. toolkit This toolkit equips health care providers, communities, and local governments with material to develop practices and policies to help prevent opioid-related overdoses and deaths. It addresses issues for health care providers, first responders, treatment providers, and those recovering from opioid overdose.
Recovery Centers of America
Cambridge Needle Exchange
Arlington Youth Counseling Center (AYCC)
Advocates Psychiatric Emergency Services
Square Medical Group
Spectrum Health Systems, Inc.
In the news:
The Town of Arlington and the Arlington Police Department are proud members of Communities for Restorative Justice (C4RJ) and have been for many years. Restorative justice is a victim-based alternative to the traditional criminal justice system and it is both ancient and new. It was practiced in communities around the world before laws were written down. Yet communities like ours are still learning about it (or maybe relearning it).
To get started, here’s a basic definition:
"Restorative justice is a process to involve, to the extent possible, those who have a stake in an offense and to collectively identify and address harms, needs and obligations, in order to heal and put things right as possible."
Howard Zehr, PhD, The Little Book of Restorative Justice, 2002
There are three basic principles that all restorative justice programs subscribe to:
Crime is a violation of people and relationships. Yes, a law may have been broken, but the harm is primarily against people, not an abstract law or other state entity.
Crime creates harms, needs, and obligations. If crime upsets the balance, and results in actual harms and needs, then who should be primarily obliged to restore that balance?
Those most affected should be meaningfully included and empowered. If John broke into Ms. Jones’s home, we should ask Ms. Jones what she wants and needs from the process.
Restorative justice can take place in many kinds of cases as long as there are willing participants and a safe environment. Dr. Zehr (quoted above) has conducted restorative justice in crimes of severe and mass violence. At C4RJ, police partners set referral criteria and typically refer adults and youth who are facing criminal charges such as breaking and entering, assault and battery, larceny (e.g., shoplifting), vandalism, illegal substances, and trespassing.
For more information on C4RJ, please visit their website: http://www.c4rj.com/
The Arlington Police Department offers a free Rape Aggression Defense (R.A.D.) class for female residents over the age of 18. The R.A.D. system develops and enhances the options of self-defense through lecture, discussion, and hands-on self-defense techniques. The R.A.D. system is a comprehensive, women only course that begins with awareness, prevention, risk-reduction, and risk-avoidance, while progressing to the basics of hands on defensive training.
Pre-registration and classes start annually in May. In order to participate in the class, you must be able to attend all four class dates. Classes are held on Thursdays from 6-9pm for four consecutive weeks, beginning at the end of May, and running through mid-June. It is taught on the 2nd floor of the Arlington Police Department at 112 Mystic St. by nationally certified R.A.D. instructors. Space is limited to 16 women per class. Pre-registration is required. For more information or to register, please contact Danielle Smith at 781-316-3985 or by email at
2020 Event Dates: TBD
*You must be able to attend all four classes to complete this course
Nearly 95% of child safety seats checked in Massachusetts are improperly installed!
The Arlington Police Department has officers trained in child passenger safety. These officers will inspect and teach the proper installation of car seats to any Arlington resident. You will be required to install the seat prior to your appointment. It is important to remember technicians are not here to just install your seat.
Email email@example.com to schedule an appointment to have a child safety seat checked.
Massachusetts Law requires that all children riding in passenger motor vehicles must be in a federally-approved child passenger restraint that is properly fastened and secured until they are 8 years old or over 57 inches tall.
More Information About Child Passenger Safety
Sign up to receive recall notices on your child safety seat from the US Department of Transportation
Recent statistics issued by the Governor's Highway Safety Bureau show that 22% of children five and under were observed riding unrestrained in motor vehicles.
It was the alarming results of statistics like these that led to the development of the Arlington Child Passenger Safety Program. The Arlington Police Department has advanced the safety of children riding in vehicles through our partnership with the Governor's Highway Safety Bureau (GHSB) and the Arlington Fire Department.
APD K-9 Unit
History of the APD
Crime Scene Investigation
Emergency 911 System
Restorative Justice Program
The ninth week will consist of a graduation ceremony for all participants that completed the session.
Sessions run on Thursday Nights from 6-9 pm, One Week (Week 8- Oct 24th, 2019) starts at 5 pm
Upcoming session: TBD
Enrollment period: TBD
Please fill out an application and return it to the front desk officer or email to Cheryl at firstname.lastname@example.org.*
The application is two pages and the back of one page should include a brief letter on why you would like to participate in the course.
Applicants must be at least 18 years of age. All applicants are subject to background check.
Class size is limited and will fill up quickly so please turn in your application as soon as possible.
*Please only turn in applications during enrollment period.
The Arlington Police Department has implemented a new program that will help officers locate residents who are at-risk of wandering from home and becoming lost. The new program is called Safewatch, a feature of Delphi Technology Solution's Digital HeadQuarters (DHQ) software, which compiles information about residents ‘at risk’ for potentially wandering or going missing, including the elderly, individuals with dementia and children with autism. The software will store information that will help police locate a missing individual, such as a photo of the person, his or her verbal abilities, and more.
Family members, parents and friends of residents who have Autism, Alzheimer's, Dementia, and other cognitive disorders are encouraged to fill out APD's Vital Emergency Information Form with as much information about their loved one as possible. This information will be used to aid in situations where an 'At Risk' resident is found or is missing. Through this initiative the hope is to return loved ones to their homes or programs as quick and as safely as possible.
Please fill out this form as completely and as accurately as possible and include a picture. Return to APD, in person or by mail (112 Mystic Street, Arlington MA 02474 ATTN: Safewatch), or by email to email@example.com.