San Bernardino County Homeless Outreach and Proactive Enforcement (HOPE) Program
San Bernardino County Sheriff John McMahon has implemented the Homeless Outreach and Proactive Enforcement (HOPE) program to better address issues related to the homeless population in San Bernardino County.
The HOPE program is a proactive approach intended to ultimately reduce calls for service and other resources currently required to deal with the homeless population. A community policing philosophy will be used to link the homeless population with resources and service providers throughout the County. The objective of the HOPE program is to stop the revolving door of arrest/incarceration/release regarding homeless-related crimes.
Currently, the HOPE Team is a four-man team assigned throughout the County. Personnel assigned to the HOPE team is each responsible for a region on the County to connect with resources, service providers, and points of contact for each station. HOPE team members also conduct training for other law enforcement and civilian personnel (such as public works staff and social workers) whose duties may involve any level of contact with the homeless.