About H.O.P.E.


The Jefferson City Police Department is dedicated to protecting the lives of all our citizens. One of the best ways to accomplish this goal is to get involved and empower the community to help us in our efforts. Educating the public and making them aware of the problem and potential solutions is a major step in that direction. We strive to provide a safe environment for our youth to grow and prosper.

Heroin Overdose Prevention and Education (HOPE) is one of the programs that we have developed to educate the public and get you the citizen involved in solving a problem that is finding its way into our community. HOPE provides an educational resource for parents to use when dealing with any drug-related addiction. Parents can obtain information on counseling assistance, and prevention as well as law enforcement assistance. We strive to have parents get involved with their kids and know what your kids are doing at all times. We want to take this opportunity to remind everyone of our slogan “What We Don’t Know is Hurting Us”. So get involved, become informed, and take an active role in your child’s life and our community.

The development of this program was an orchestrated effort within the Jefferson City Police Department’s Community Action Team. Our Department noticed a disturbing trend beginning at the end of 2011 which indicated a rise in the number of heroin/opiate-related overdoses. The Community Action Team and Chief Roger Schroeder decided that we needed to develop an action plan to prevent this from becoming an epidemic. The initial forethought was to educate the public on the dangers and let them know what we are facing. We then pulled all available resources together and created a broad community-based program that meets the educational and enforcement needs of Jefferson City. We are proud to be associated with such an awareness program and to be able to provide valuable resources our citizens may need to overcome a struggle with heroin.

On our website (www.jeffcityhope.com), you will find information that provides all the resources and material that we present at our program. We encourage everyone to visit the site and make use of the many resources provided, or to contact us at any time with any questions.

Working together, there is HOPE.


Sgt. Joseph P. Matherne

Supervisor, Community Action Team