Hey guys Officer Blanscet here with the Colorado Springs Police Department crime prevention unit. A couple weeks ago we did a video with Officer Kipple from the homeless outreach team in regard to some issues that you guys are questions you had Over the transient homeless population. Well as a result of that video we received additional questions So I have Officer Kipple here again today to address those. I’ll so Kipple Can you tell us and tell the citizens what CSPD and the city is doing to combat the homeless camping issues we are currently having? Sure. So since 2010 the city of Colorado Springs has an ordinance prohibiting camping within the city limits That ordinance went into effect after 20 2008 when we had we saw a huge rise in homelessness due to the local economy and things like that. Year-over-year as I mentioned in that previous video we’re seeing about a 10% increase in homelessness throughout our art community and throughout the metro area, Colorado Springs area Last year the point-in-time survey in January of 20 2018 said that the metro area had about fifteen hundred and fifty-one people experiencing homelessness What we are seeing is that not all those fifteen hundred people are outside camping, but there are the few. Last year was roughly, I think it was about 400 to 500 people were identified as being outside at that time in January Those those those folks do create quite a mess sometimes Not all not all the people that are camping do create a mess outside that has to be picked up by the city and by private property owners, but there are quite a few times that these camps become quite an elaborate and extensive and we are addressing that through that ordinance. We do have process in place to make sure we’re not criminalizing just because someone’s homeless there That’s not a reason that We’re not criminalizing homelessness. We have different things in place to make sure we’re not doing that and we do let people know that there’s going to be a cleanup we do offer services when we contact those people and that way hopefully they’re using utilizing the shelter’s space that we have available the City of Colorado Springs in conjunction with the partners of Springs Rescue Mission, Salvation Army did increase the shelter space shelter capacity here recently. Just last night. They had over 140 shelter beds available between the two adult shelters. So there are a lot of things that were we’re tackling.. We just had training yesterday trying to get some other officers on board with what the homeless outreach team does. And that way those officers also have the enforcement powers that previously only the four members of the homeless outreach team had. That way those officers can go out and address some of these things as they see them versus waiting for for us to come out and address that as four officers to cover the entire city. So good It sounds like what the increased officers stuff with these subject matter experts will be able to kind of take care of some of these issues and know if you guys out so the other Question kind of came up. You can tell we’re out here in one of the cleanups that’s going on today. What kind of impact on the environment in the citizens the car with Springs do these camps have and we obviously see a bunch of trash and clean up going on. Is this normal? These camps do they do get out of hand a lot of times the the folks that are out here are experiencing mental health issues- substance abuse issues. So if you have mental health issues and maybe they’re using meth on top of that- maybe they’ll be up for days on end collecting things things that you and I wouldn’t collect Scrap metal just general trashed and didn’t debris. They think they’re gonna somehow make money on that. So this stuff does accumulate pretty quickly. And that’s what we’re using code enforcement quality of life team to impact these locations and Here this year hopefully that team is going to be adding additional people that will work with code enforcement so we can attack these Camps- not attack a camp, but get these camps identified and let these people know that there are resources available and they do a cleanup right away so it doesn’t on this situation like this It does these camps, these camp cleanups- it is a cost to the taxpayer. Obviously taxpayers don’t want to see their taxes being used for something like this. They’d much rather see their taxes being used to better our streets and our parks things like that and so We did a survey, um not a survey but a study a handful of years ago roughly about five years ago that a mathematician crunched all the numbers of the data for what it costs the city per on average per chronic homeless person in Colorado Springs and that cost to the taxpayers and based on police services fire services medical services jail time and cleanups and whatnot at that time about five years ago is fifty seven hundred fifty seven thousand dollars and fifty seven thousand five hundred dollars, so essentially $58,000 per chronic homeless person in Colorado Springs And so that adds up quickly to meet people in our community. People watching this video may not even make fifty eight thousand dollars in a year yet our taxpayers are paying that on average to let this situation be at this scale. Guys, I hope that answers your questions. 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