Oceanside Police building trust among homeless population

OCEANSIDE, Calif. (KGTV) -- The Oceanside Police Homeless Outreach team is working to build trust among its homeless clients in hopes it will lead to them accepting help.

The teams serves the most vulnerable, people with serious mental illness and other substance abuse issues with barriers to getting care.

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The HOT team gets help from Interfaith Social Worker Chris Torres, who goes out with officers every day. Thanks to recent city funding, a second social worker was hired to the team.

A separate team works to tackle homeless encampments in the riverbed. They give out citations and enforce cleaning out encampments.

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