Press Releases

Thursday 04/13/2017 4:45 PM - Homeless Liaison Program - Community Action Team

Contact: A. Perry, Sergeant
Phone: (805) 781-4529
Type of Incident: Homeless Liaison Program - Community Action Team
Date and Time of Incident: 04-13-17 4:45 PM
Place of Occurrence: San Luis Obispo County
Victim Information: Not Applicable
Suspect Information: Not Applicable
Details of News Release: The San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office announces the deployment of our new Community Action Team (CAT) this week, created and funded under the leadership of Sheriff Ian Parkinson and the San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors. The purpose of CAT is to focus two Deputy Sheriff’s solely on homelessness issues in the unincorporated areas of the county. The team’s goal is to recognize homeless individuals who are frequently contacted by patrol deputies, focusing assistance on drugs/alcohol dependencies, mental health issues, and referrals to treatment programs aimed at reducing their recidivism in our county jail and the criminal justice system. By identifying these individuals, the CAT team will act as liaisons, connecting them with the proper care they need from our community partners such as: Transitions Mental Health Association, Homeless Services Oversight Council, SLO County Behavioral Health Services, SLO County Probation Department, SLO County Veteran’s Outreach Program and Community Action Partners. For further information about CAT or to request assistance for homeless persons living in the unincorporated area of SLO County, call (805) 788-2151. On Wednesday, CAT Team Deputies Ron Slaughter and Toby Depew provided needed assistance to “Baskets of Love,” a local program developed by Joy Danley to distribute 1,000 Easter baskets to homeless children within San Luis Obispo County. For further information related to the homeless child Easter basket drive, refer to KSBY’s article located here: http://www.ksby.com/story/34983230/baskets-of-love-aims-to-spread-easter-cheer-to-homeless-children . Photos of the CAT Team deputies and during "Baskets of Love" assistance distributed in accompanying email.

Prepared By: aperry
Released: Thursday 04/13/2017 4:45 PM