To Protect and Survive –
May 26, 2019 – “I explained who I was and what my role in the police department was,” Yarkut said, and she gave Shannon a business card. “[I] said, ‘Hey, if there’s something that we can do for you — because I think there are things that we can do for you, that we can help you — give me a call.” That connection would prove vital for Shannon to get off heroin and meth. And the timing was right for her as well. Across the country police agencies are re-evaluating how they handle people with addiction. Everett, Wash., is one place where, instead of just arresting people, officers help those with addiction get the services they need. As Shannon’s story shows, sometimes a personal touch can make all the difference. Shannon was not doing well when Officer Yarkut approached that car, Yarkut remembers.