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Denver Police Fight Problems On Street With Food

Denver Police Fight Problems On Street With Food


MONTH, THE DOG IS LOW, SUFFERED INJURIES. THE COUPLE IS OKAY. POLICE HAVE NOT RELEASED INFORMATION ON THE SUSPECT. DENVER POLICE TRY TO GET TO THE ROOT OF CRIME AND DRUG ADDICTION. BEAT COPS ARE OFTEN THE FIRST INTERACTIONS MANY OF THOSE PEOPLE HAVE. SHAUN BOYD ON THE STORY TONIGHT. DENVER OFFICERS ARE FIGHTING PROBLEMS ON THE STREETS AND DOING THIS WITH FOOD. Reporter: IF YOU’RE HUNGRY, YOUR FAMILY IS HUNGRY, IT CAN MAKE YOU DESPERATE. HUNGER IS ONE OF THE CONTRIBUTING FACTORS TO CRIME. THE DENVER MAYOR AND DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC SAFETY THOUGHT WHY NOT PUT FOOD IN POLICE CRUISERS FOR THE CALLS WHERE OFFICERS SEE A NEED. IN A WAREHOUSE ON DENVER’S NORTHWEST SIDE, A NONPROFIT CALLED, WE DON’T WASTE, JOINED FORCES WITH DENVER POLICE IN A FIRST OF ITS KIND PARTNERSHIP WITH THE SIMPLE YET PROFOUND MISSION, TO FEED THE HUNGRY. IT IS EXACTLY HOW WE AS POLICE OFFICERS CAN ACCOMPLISH OUR GOALS OF HELPING PEOPLE. Reporter: PEOPLE WHO OFFICERS ENCOUNTER ON CALLS EVERY DAY. MANAGER OF PUBLIC SAFETY, TROY RICK SAID 14 %, NEARLY 100,000 PEOPLE IN DENVER LIVE IN POVERTY. IT DOES NOT TELL THE WHOLE STORY, IF YOU MAKE 14,000 OR $15,000 A YEAR AS A PERSON, THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT DOES NOT CLASSIFY YOU AS LIVING IN POVERTY. THE WORKING POOR. HOW DO WE HELP SOMEONE WITH A MENTAL HEALTH ISSUE OR EDUCATIONAL ISSUE IF THEY ARE HUNGRY? IT ALL BEGINS WITH FOOD. Reporter: A SMALL BAG OF FOOD CAN MAKE A BIG DIFFERENCE. THAT DEVELOPS A WHOLE NEW RELATIONSHIP. NOW, THAT OFFICER IS NOT JUST COMING TO A NEIGHBORHOOD, THEY WILL KNOW THAT OFFICER BY FRIEND, A FRIEND. SOMEONE IS HUNGRY, I COME FROM A FAMILY WHERE WE HAD HUNGER OFTEN, I CAN TELL YOU, YOU FEEL DESPERATE. Reporter: MAYOR MICHAEL HANCOCK SAID IT IS A NEW APPROACH TO PUBLIC SAFETY. IT DOES NOT HURT TO HAVE FOOD IN THE TRUNK OF THE CAR, TODAY WE HAVE THAT NEED MET, WE HAVE RESOURCES ON HOW YOU CAN BE HELPED LONG TERM. DENVER LEADS THE WAY CHANGING THE MODEL OF POLICE TO PROTECT, TO SERVE AND FEED THE HUNGRY. Reporter: THE CITY IS STARTING THIS IS A THREE-MONTH PILOT. THAT NONPROFIT, WE DON’T WASTE, IS PROVIDING THE BAGS FOR FREE. THEY HAVE PUT HIM IN 20 CRUISERS, IF RESIDENTS ARE RECEPTIVE, THEY WILL PUT THEM IN ALL OF THEM. IN ADDITION TO FOOD, THE PACKS

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