REDLANDS – In order to help assist those without a home obtain the necessary services needed the Redlands Police Department recently had an outreach. The outreach took place at the Santa Ana Flood Control area and using an all-terrain vehicle they made contact with homeless people camping in the area. During the contact, police offered water, nutrition bars and pamphlets listing services and resources available for the homeless.
Located during the 6-square mile outreach was 18 camps and they were able to make contact with 11 people. They talked with those whom they were able to make contact with them to make them aware of local housing, food, hygiene and medical care services. Four cases of water and 80 nutrition bars were distributed.
Officers were made aware of Federal Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) intention to clearing all the camps on the land in their jurisdiction, which spans from Orange Street to the Redlands Airport. The Redlands Police department urges those who would like to assist in helping the homeless to donate to a charity rather than giving directly to those panhandling. A list of services and resources available locally for the homeless can be found at the Redlands Charitable Resource Coalition website at www.rcrchelp.com.
The Redlands Police Department is committed to providing resources to help the homeless while addressing the issues of crime, nuisance and public safety that may be associated with transients, panhandlers and the local homeless population. The department has four Community Policing Officers who work on these specific issues.
Redlands police officials said that issues involving transients and the homeless may be sent by email to homelessIssues@RedlandsPolice.org. Crime and suspicious activity should be reported immediately to Redlands Police at (909) 798-7681, ext. 1, or by calling 911.
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