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NCJ Number: 167775 Find in a Library
Title: Police on the Homelessness Front Line: A Postmortem of San Francisco's Matrix Program (From Police and the Homeless: Creating a Partnership Between Law Enforcement and Social Service Agencies in the Development of Effective Policies and Programs, P 98-117, 1997, Martin L. Forst, ed. - See NCJ-167769
Author(s): A Gardner; P Lindstrom
Date Published: 1997
Page Count: 20
Sponsoring Agency: Charles C. Thomas
Springfield, IL 62704
Sale Source: Charles C. Thomas
2600 South First Street
Springfield, IL 62704
United States of America
Type: Program/Project Description
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This chapter describes San Francisco's Matrix Program and some of the financial, social, legal, and ethical issues in its application.
Abstract: San Francisco's Matrix Program was, in reality, a large-scale police dragnet with small social service outreach appendages. Large numbers of homeless people were cited or arrested, but relatively few received help in escaping homelessness. The program consisted of three parts: (1) Police Enforcement, a set of police department operations orders instructing all officers at all stations to aggressively enforce a list of quality-of-life offenses and to search out and take action against concentrations of individuals committing such offenses; (2) Outreach, teams of workers who attempted to connect homeless people to single-residence-occupancy housing, emergency shelter, substance abuse treatment, and mental health treatment; and (3) Night Shelter Referral, by police officers who, each evening, offered homeless persons vouchers for and transportation to Salvation Army and church shelters. Notes
Main Term(s): Police
Index Term(s): California; Community involvement; Criminology; Homeless persons; Mental health; Police social services; Police social worker role; Police-social worker cooperation; Policing innovation
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