On Thursday, October 19, 2017, as part of Beaumont Police Department’s continued effort to reduce homelessness in the city, officers and representatives from the Riverside County Department of Public Social Services (DPSS) partnered to dispatch teams into the community to connect the homeless to county resources and assistance programs. These assistance programs included medical treatment, alcohol and/or drug rehabilitation, vocational training, and housing assistance.
Three teams of officers and social workers canvassed the community locating homeless in an attempt to connect them with services. Social workers had the ability to sign up individuals in the field and direct them where to go to receive assistance.
The teams contacted a total of sixteen (16) persons. Eleven (11) of those contacted refused services, five (5) agreed to sign up, but ultimately refused to accept the assistance.
No homeless veterans or families with children were contacted during today’s event. Several people who were found pan-handling close to the freeway were determined not to be homeless.
In 2017, the Beaumont Police Department received approximately $69,000, from the Board of State and Community Corrections as part of a $20 million-dollar allocation for city police departments to increase positive outcomes between city police and high-risk populations, including homeless individuals, persons with mental health needs, and at-risk youth. Under these funds members of the Beaumont Police Department have attended Crisis Intervention Training to aid them in contacting individuals in the community who may be suffering from mental health issues.
Since the start of the Homeless Outreach Program in July of 2017, the Beaumont Police Department, has held six outreach events, contacting twenty-one (21) transients (some were repeat contacts), of those, fifteen (15) arrests were made and twenty-two (22) citations issued. Thirteen of the citations/arrests were drug and alcohol related.