FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — Farmington police are getting involved in tackling the city’s homeless problem.
The Farmington Daily Times reports (http://bit.ly/VBAHFf) officers with the department’s District Coordinator Unit surveyed the area’s homeless and street inebriate population in January as part of the department’s new outreach efforts. Police say they wanted to get more information to find out what programs were needed.
Police officers were able to get 50 people to take the surveys and estimate that the homeless population ranges from 90 to 100 people on any given winter day. During warmer months, Farmington police say that number likely doubles.
Police said they found that more cooperation and coordination between law enforcement and homeless-assistance charities and agencies in the community is necessary to better help the area’s most chronically homeless and destitute.
Information from: The Daily Times, http://www.daily-times.com
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