Broward Sheriff’s Office Homeless Outreach Team
Date: June 17, 2014 PIO: 14-6-19
In order to ensure all Broward County residents are treated with dignity and respect, I am pleased to announce the formation of the Broward Sheriff’s Office Homeless Outreach Team. As part of BSO’s Homeless Outreach Initiative, 29 deputies are now available to each BSO district to build trusting relationships with our homeless population and to inform these individuals of various resources available to them. These deputies are part of the Crisis Intervention Team and therefore have a better understanding of mental illness, substance abuse, and drug problems. Homeless Outreach training is on-going for our deputies, and at least twelve more deputies are already committed to joining the team this year to address this county-wide concern.
As sheriff, I believe homeless people aren’t problem people; they are people with problems that can be resolved through compassion, patience, and guidance. The Homeless Outreach Team is specially trained to work toward ending the cycle of homelessness by partnering with local social service providers – not to offer a handout, but to provide a helping hand so that these individuals can rebuild and reclaim their lives. People may be homeless today, but they are still our neighbors, and neighbors take care of each other. Homelessness is never a question of choice; any one of us could find ourselves homeless. I am proud of what the men and women of the Broward Sheriff’s Office are already accomplishing through this new initiative.
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