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How A New San Diego Police Division Is Tackling Homelessness, Quality Of Life Issues

Homeless people stand among their items along 17th Street in San Diego, Sept....

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Above: Homeless people stand among their items along 17th Street in San Diego, Sept. 19, 2017.

How A New SDPD Division Is Tackling Homelessness, Quality Of Life Issues


Paul Connelly, assistant police chief, San Diego Police Department


A new division of the San Diego Police Department is now dedicated to homelessness and other neighborhood quality-of-life issues from graffiti to prostitution and theft.

The neighborhood-policing division was established to centralize resources that deal with quality of life issues, homeless outreach, walking teams and the county's Psychiatric Emergency Response Teams.

“Before these teams were assigned to different patrol divisions, and there are nine different patrol divisions throughout the city of San Diego. So now they’re answering to one chain of command. We have one focus mission, and we are better able to streamline or reallocate our resources to focus on large problem areas," said Assistant Police Chief Paul Connelly.

Chief Connelly said the division has held several community meetings to seek input from residents on better ways to solve neighborhood issues. They have also met with residents who are concerned over the impact of a homeless storage facility set to open in Sherman Heights.

Connelly discusses the new division Thursday on Midday Edition.


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