Improving the Police Response to Homelessness

Police continue to be the default response to homelessness in most communities. I am often asked if there are ways to improve their response, or should they “stay in their lane”?

The key to an effective #homeless or #panhandling strategy involves shifting from crisis response mode to problem solving mode. Once your agency makes this leap, you start to save time and money while reducing calls for service and citizen complaints.

In other words, if arresting away the problem has not worked (along with the threats of lawsuits), why not try a new approach…one that works?

So where do you start? Contact me to book my very popular presentation (either on-site or remotely) “The Top 10 Reasons to Start a Police Homeless Outreach Team (and How)”. I’ll show you how HOTs work and their benefits.

I have made this presentation at the International Association of Chiefs of Police (#IACP) conference and others around the country. I’ll provide tools you can use and highlight real-world examples to save your agency time and money while reducing calls for service and exposure to litigation.

Can you afford NOT to have an effective homeless strategy? Click here if you would like to know more: