The Homeless Outreach and Proactive Enforcement (H.O.P.E.) 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 is to stop the revolving door of arrest, incarceration, and then release regarding homeless related crimes.
Currently, the H.O.P.E. Team is a four man team assigned throughout the County. Personnel assigned to the H.O.P.E. team will each be responsible for a region of the County to connect with resources, service providers, and points of contact for each station.
The H.O.P.E. program aims to balance proactive outreach with enforcement of the law, while connecting members of the homeless population with resources that may help them transition from homelessness. The ultimate goal is to reduce the rate of recidivism and reduce the current costs associated to homeless related crime.
The vision of H.O.P.E. is to increase the quality of life for all citizens of San Bernardino County by reducing crime associated with the homeless population and subsequently saving tax payer costs and resources.