LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A local police department is being recognized on the floor of the U.S. Senate.

A representative from U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell's office presented an award to the Jeffersontown Police Department for its Angel program. The program allows drug addicts to turn themselves in to the police department and go to treatment instead of jail.

"It was very beneficial that Senator McConnell, on the Senate floor, recognized the police officer -- police officers -- in Jeffersontown that are continuing the recovery and helping those that are addicted," said Jeffersontown Mayor Bill Dieruff.

"It is going really well," said Sgt. Brittney Garrett of the Jeffersontown Police Department. "We've had 30 people right now that we have referred to some level of treatment and, you know, we're hoping that as we move through the holiday season, that more people feel that they can come in and get help."

Sen. McConnell's speech was framed and presented to the Jeffersontown Police Department.

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