Behind the Badge OC

December 22, 2020

Buena Park Chief of Police and Homeless Services app creator makes the list of Orange County's 'Most Influential People for 2020'

Two critical figures of the North Orange County Public Safety Task Force were recognized for their efforts to regionalize and coordinate services through a groundbreaking multi-city and multi-disciplinary partnership.

Orange County Register

December 4, 2020

Finding Beds and Service for the Homeless? There's an app for that.

Outreach Grid, designed in Irvine, harnesses data to help people find shelter.

Behind the Badge OC

November 19, 2020

Brea Homeless Liason Officer retires with hope for the community

Police officer Teri Hill got the job and made a lasting impression on the homeless community and her fellow officers for her heart and compassion...

Behind the Badge OC

June 26, 2019

With La Habra police employees as mentors, an Explorer gets back on track

High school student Christian Ortiz had been skipping classes and not doing his homework. He preferred playing soccer instead of attending school. His grades suffered, and so did he. “I was heading in the wrong direction,” Ortiz said. “I was tired of being who I was.”...

LA Times

December 13, 2018

Chrysalis helps poor and homeless of Orange County find jobs

With a lengthy criminal background, Jesse Nielsen’s job search seemed hopeless.  Recently released on parole, and desperately trying to find a way to provide for his family, the 35-year-old sought help from Chrysalis, a nonprofit that helps poor and homeless individuals attain jobs...

Behind the Badge OC

April 18, 2018

Police & Nonprofits Conduct Homeless Census

In the parking lot of an Anaheim Hills restaurant, Anaheim police officers and nonprofit workers find Mahin Salary sitting inside her car, wedged between her car door and her belongings with her Jack Russell Terrier in the back seat. It’s a Monday morning and the temperature is steadily approaching 80 degrees...