Law enforcement personnel are constantly challenged to balance the individual freedoms of homeless citizens while improving the overall health, safety and welfare of the community. In June of 2016, the Homeless Outreach Team was formed to coordinate efforts among a large number of advocacy groups and service providers.
Why was the Homeless Outreach Team created?
We found that we were dealing with the same individuals on a regular basis and created the team as a means to break the vicious cycle. Our focus is to get the homeless engaged in resources that will positively change their situation.
What is the purpose of the Homeless Outreach Team?
- We are present and visible in areas where homeless gather in order to normalize police presence, increase visibility and build trust.
- Identify and proactively patrol secluded areas occupied by homeless and actively seek out those who are not engaged with homeless service providers.
- Develop working relationships with homeless individuals in order to provide appropriate resource referrals.
If you would like more information on this program please contact the Boulder Police Department by phone at 303-441-3333 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org