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Denver wants police to be less involved in calls about city’s homeless encampments  – Denver, Colorado

Denver, Colorado 2021-02-22 17:56:50 –

Denver wants to reduce police and see social workers and behavioral health professionals answer calls about homeless camps.

In the coming weeks, the city will begin redirecting non-emergency calls to 911 about Denver’s unlicensed camps to the city’s 311 helpline instead.

“The goal is not to respond to something that isn’t a public security issue,” said Mike Strott, a spokesman for the mayor of Michael Hancock’s office. “This is the next step in the series of steps to create an alternative response.”

Denver homeless camp Causes friction between residents Neighbors often call 911 when camps are set up on sidewalks or parking lots, or when tents and tarpaulins increase and garbage accumulates.

The city has been banning city camps for nearly a decade, but the enforcement is Filed an objection in court Complicated by the coronavirus pandemic.

Kathleen Van Voorhis, director of housing justice for the Interfaith Alliance in Colorado, says police are not always the right person to help people suffering from trauma or dealing with mental illness. According to her, executives can “cause trauma,” and social workers and homeless outreach specialists often build better relationships with people living on the streets.

“Everything we can do to reduce the presence of police around our uninhabited neighbors is in the interest,” said Van Voorhis.

Two licensed homeless camps opened in December — First in Denver, it can accommodate a total of 70 people.But there are years in the city Breaked down the number of unlicensed camps After authorities consider them a public health hazard.

Police are still on the scene when the city wipes out homeless camps, Strott said.

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