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Cleaning up Homeless Encampments

Jun 5, 2019 11:59:14 AM

The Spokane Police Department is piloting a new approach to dealing with homeless encampments. The idea is to clean up the camps while also offering resources to the individuals living in them.

In order to get a close-up view of the new program and see how it’s working firsthand, I rode along with Officer Jake Willard for a morning. Officer Willard and fellow Officer Dale Wells are only allowed to enforce illegal camping laws when there is shelter space available.