San Bernardino County Homeless Outreach and Proactive Enforcement (HOPE) Program

Date / Time:
Tuesday, Oct 16 10:20am to 10:50am
Location:
Raincross B & E (Upper Level)
Track / Session:
Homelessness and Water Quality Track / Homelessness and Water Quality
Description/Abstract: 

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.

Primary Speaker:
Mike Jones, County of San Bernardino
Deputy Sheriff Mike Jones is the East Valley Coordinator for the County's HOPE Program. Deputy Jones coordinates between Community Resource Officers, partners with the Department of Behavioral Health and other county departments, Veterans, and maintains constant contact with the homeless population so that services and assistance can be provided.
Supporting Speaker 1:
Aaron Halloway, County of San Bernardino
Supporting Speaker 2:
Arlene Chun, County of San Bernardino