Monday, July 11, 2016

The Garden Grove Police Department is teaming up with law enforcement agencies from Westminster, the Orange County Sheriff’s Department, and Anaheim to coordinate an event providing assistance to the homeless community. The event takes place on Saturday, July 30, 2016, at 7861 Garden Grove Boulevard, starting at 10:00 a.m.

Services such as shelter housing, recovery assistance, mental health treatment, employment, and veteran services will be available for the homeless.

The Garden Grove Police Department recently introduced the Special Resources Team (SRT), a specially-trained team of five patrol officers, responsible for serving the homeless community and those affected with mental health disorders. The SRT focuses on providing resources to help reduce the number of homeless and the police responses involving the homeless and mentally ill.

The team works towards finding long-term solutions to a growing nationwide problem. According to the Garden Grove Police Department, homeless- and mental health-related calls increased more than 40% over the last year in Garden Grove.

The SRT collaborated with several law enforcement agencies, non-profit organizations, and state and county service agencies to assist the homeless population along Beach Boulevard, in the cities of Anaheim, Garden Grove, and Westminster.

“The key is the coordination of multiple agencies and to strategically target areas where the need is the greatest,” says Garden Grove SRT Officer Brian Hatfield.

For more information about the event or the SRT, please contact Cindy Nagamatsu, Garden Grove Police Department Community Liaison Division Manager, at (714) 741-5760 or at cindyn@ci.garden-grove.ca.us.

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