Articles & Interviews

Reclaim Your Recovery Through the Hero Help Program in Delaware

New Castle County Police Expand Efforts to Treat Rather Than Jail

Q&A: How One Police Department Uses Data to Support Behavioral Health Responses

Using Law Enforcement to Improve Treatment Initiation and Recovery

New Castle County Partners With ChristianaCare For Behavioral Health Unit

International Association of Chiefs of Police Making Data Driven Decisions to Enhance Your Diversion or Deflection Program

Rick Jensen Show Radio Interview


Addiction Policy Form

The Addiction Policy Forum recognized the New Castle County Division of Police HERO HELP Program as one of 8 innovators in Delaware improving the response to addiction and saving lives at the Innovation Now Awards Ceremony. 

aTAcK addiction Courage Award

Awarded for demonstrating outstanding courage in leading others in the war against substance use disorder.  


Award of distinction for the HERO HELP Program at the 2019 Liberty Mid-Atlantic High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas (HIDTA) Annual Awards Ceremony

Joseph R. “Beau” Biden Outstanding Criminal Justice Program Award

New Castle County Division of Police received the Joseph R. “Beau” Biden Outstanding Criminal Justice Program Award. New Castle County Division of Police established a program with Connections CSP teaming a Police Officer with a Mental Health professional. This program has provided services for people who suffer from mental health illnesses as well as their families.


Conference on Law Enforcement and Public Health

Drug Use and Opioid Overdose

NAMICon 2020
NCCPD’s Behavioral Health Unit (BHU)

New Castle County Police Dept.’s programs, Hero Help and the Behavioral Health Team, provide access and outreach to help those in need of addiction and mental health services. The team, consisting of police and mental health/medical professionals, engage individuals in crisis and divert them away from incarceration whenever possible. (July 2020)

NAMI Delaware: Conversations with NCCPD’s Behavioral Health Unit (BHU)

From May 26, 2020. Ofc. Colleen Kearns, MSW and Alexandra Schofield, MSW from the New Castle County Police Department talk about the history of the Behavioral Health Unit, what that looks like today, as well as the important differences the unit makes in the lives of Delawareans and their families who are living with mental health conditions.