SHERIFF’S PODCAST: HOW THE BSO HOMELESS OUTREACH UNIT IS CHANGING LIVES, ONE HUMAN BEING AT A TIME

Broward Sheriff's Office: Public Information Office

PIO Number: 21-10-30

Date: Oct. 29, 2021


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Compassion, empathy and a commitment in your heart to see beyond the homelessness stigma are the hallmarks of the Broward Sheriff's Office Homeless Outreach Unit. On the latest episode of the Shop Talk with the Sheriff podcast, you’ll discover how behind every homeless person there is a story, and how BSO is helping them write a brand new chapter in their lives. 

BSO Captain Audrey Jones and Lieutenant Edward Rafailovitc join Sheriff Gregory Tony on this episode and give listeners a look at the plight of the homeless and BSO’s initiatives to help this vulnerable population. “The goal is to link those who are experiencing homelessness with the appropriate social services while treating them with dignity and respect,” said Jones. She reminds the community that homelessness is not a crime and why the unit’s 119 deputies reach out, connect, and help homeless people navigate their circumstances.   

Rafailovitc spoke of the sense of invisibility a homeless person experiences and how deputies have met doctors, lawyers, stockbrokers, veterans, and domestic violence victims in the streets. He describes what he calls ‘the moment of truth’ in their efforts to help the homeless. “When they get help, when they get back on their feet and they are in a better place, you realize they were just people…going through a difficult time and they just needed somebody to support them,” Rafailovitc said.  

Listen to the latest Shop Talk with the Sheriff podcast for free HERE or on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts and Pocket Casts, iHeartRadio, Breaker, Overcast, RadioPublic and Castbox. 
 
If you are interested in submitting questions or topics to discuss on an episode, please send a direct message via Facebook (@BrowardSheriffsOffice), Twitter (@browardsheriff), Instagram (@BrowardSheriffsOffice) or email the questions to AskTheSheriff@sheriff.org.

To learn more about BSO’s Homeless Outreach Unit click HERE.

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