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Police officers are often the first responders on homelessness; they shouldn't be

December 11, 2021

Lou Corerra and Josh Newman discuss a new collaborative effort between law enforcement and the community to address homelessness.

Download the op-ed. article and read here.

Fullerton Police Department has HOPE for the future of its homeless community

November 30, 2021

Fullerton and Buena Park PD are partnering to create a new HOPE (Homeless Outreach and Protective Engagement) center to assist those in need. 

Virtual District 4 OC Equity Map Forum

October 20, 2021

Supervisor Doug Chaffee in collaboration with the Health Care Agency and Advance OC is holding a Virtual District 4 OC Equity Map Forum.

You can register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/173042082527

Orange County Register
New money fuels north county effort to blend police, community groups to tackle social issues

 July 29, 2021

With $7.8 million in the state budget, the North Orange County Public Safety Task Force continues to battle social problems that don't respect city boundaries.

Behind The Badge OC
North Orange County Public Safety Task Force enables new Brea PD officer to join its homeless team

MAY 7, 2021

Brea Police Officer LaMarr Tinnin recalls the experience of finding a woman and her young daughter seeking shelter in the parking lot of a shopping center at 1 a.m.

It was rainy and cold, and all he could think when he saw them was, “What are they doing here?”

He had to help, and he figured as a police officer, he would know how. Turns out he couldn't do it alone.

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Fullerton Police Department embraces innovation, collaboration and service as paths to help people get off the street

 JANUARY 11, 2021

For more than a decade, Fullerton Police Department has continuously innovated and built upon its service-first, enforcement-as-a-last resort approach to homelessness. The agency was the first to employ a homeless liaison officer, the first to require crisis intervention training and the first to pair a mental health clinician with officers, offering a variety of services to homeless individuals.

 
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Westminster’s newest homeless liaison officer is ‘incredibly compassionate’

DECEMBER 23, 2020

“When you help people in law enforcement, you are actually the first person on the scene to actually do something about it and make a change,” Westminster Police Department, CA Brown said.

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Buena Park Chief Of Police And Homeless Services App Creator Makes The List Of Orange County's 'Most Influential People For 2020'

December 22, 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
Finding Beds And Service For The Homeless? There's An App For That.

December 4, 2020

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

 
Behind The Badge OC
Brea Homeless Liason Officer Retires With Hope For The Community

November 19, 2020

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...

 
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With La Habra Police Employees As Mentors, An Explorer Gets Back On Track

June 26, 2019

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
Chrysalis Helps Poor And Homeless Of Orange County Find Jobs

December 13, 2018

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...

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Police & Nonprofits Conduct Homeless Census

April 18, 2018

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...