Portland police hire liaison to work with opioid users

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PORTLAND — The Police Department on Monday hired a director for an education and diversion program intended to assist opioid users seeking help.

Oliver G. Bradeen will lead the new Law Enforcement Addiction Advocacy Program, known by its LEEAP acronym.

LEEAP was announced by Police Chief Michael Sauschuck in December 2015, and will be funded with cash taken from drug seizures.

Bradeen, who will start Feb. 1, has most recently worked as a liaison for The Opportunity Alliance. He was assigned to the Portland Police Department to respond with officers to mental health- and substance abuse-related issues.