A Culture Shift for Law Enforcement in Addressing the Opioid Epidemic
Lieutenant Colonel John Herzog
June 3, 2020, 1-2 PM EST
This webinar developed by the Central East Prevention Technology Transfer Center (CEPTTC) will discuss strategies used by the Baltimore City Police Department to shift the attitudes and culture of law enforcement officers from a “criminalization focus” approach to “chronic disease focus “approach when responding to calls for individuals using illicit substances. The webinar will discuss how law enforcement can team up and strategically collaborate with preventionists.
- Introduce the Baltimore City Police Department and their history with addressing the opioid epidemic and other illicit substances
- Identify the strategies used to shift the attitudes of Law Enforcement Officers
- Share how the changed attitude/mind shift of officers affect the interactions and response to calls for individuals misusing substances
Lieutenant Colonel John Herzog joined the Baltimore Police Department in 2007 and is currently assigned to the Criminal Investigation Division as the Deputy Chief of Detectives. Upon graduation from the Police Academy he was assigned to Patrol in the Northern District, but the majority of his career has been spent in investigative and operational assignments. He served as a detective in the Northern District Drug Enforcement Unit and within the District Detective Section. He was assigned to the Western District Detective Unit where he investigated burglaries, robberies and shootings and later returned to the Western District Detective Unit as a sergeant where he remained before being transferred to the Citywide Shootings Unit. Lieutenant Colonel Herzog was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant in 2016 and was assigned as the Southwestern District Operations Commander, responsible for the Southwestern District’s discretionary units and drug/gun investigations. In April of 2019, Lieutenant Colonel Herzog was promoted from the rank of Major to Lieutenant Colonel and was named the Deputy Chief of Detectives, assigned to the Criminal Investigation Division.