Police Executive Research Forum

A report is available that discusses law enforcement departments’ responses to homelessness in their communities.

The report, The Police Response to Homelessness, is the result of a 2018 day-long conference on homelessness in California that brought together about 250 police chiefs, sheriffs, front-line officers, and local government and community partners and researchers.

The report notes that in January 2018, 72 percent of Police Executive Research Forum members who replied to a questionnaire said that homelessness in their communities had increased in recent years. More than half of the respondents reported increases in mental illness and substance abuse among the homeless population.

Police leaders increasingly recognize that they cannot make the problem of homelessness go away through enforcement actions alone, the report said. Conference participants noted that law enforcement departments see their role as taking leadership and finding innovative solutions to homelessness, which often involve multi-faceted activities with social service agencies, other government departments and other partners. The report showcases promising practices that were discussed at the conference.

To read the report, click here.

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