Colorado Springs Police Department
Homeless Outreach Team (HOT)
Proud Winners of the prestigious International Herman Goldstein Award for Excellence in Problem Oriented Policing.
Brief history of the Homeless Outreach Team
Since June 2008, the City of Colorado Springs, Colorado experienced a dramatic increase in the number of homeless camps, which numbered more than 500, on public land adjacent to recreational trails and creek beds.
Law enforcement personnel were challenged to balance the individual freedoms of homeless people while improving the overall health, safety and welfare of the community. A Homeless Outreach Team (HOT), consisting of three officers, was formed to coordinate efforts among a large number of advocacy groups and service providers.
According to Homeward Pikes Peak, the average cost to support a single homeless person for police, fire, and medical services is $54,000.00 a year.
The H.O.T. continues to work tirelessly throughout the city in making relationships with homeless individuals and providing services to them. As of 05-04-11, the HOT has made over 4,681 contacts helping over 1,200 individuals. Studies have shown that it takes an average of 75 contacts per chronic homeless person before they may consider making a change in their life. HOT has helped in housing over 400 individuals, help reunite over 200 individuals with families out of town/state, and have documented over 187 individuals gaining employment. HOT has also helped find funding to provide individuals with gas vouchers and food baskets.
In the month of April, HOT was awarded with two awards from community members and organizations. First, was the Partnership for Community Design for their community partnerships category. Second was the Circle of Life award from Keep Colorado Springs Beautiful and Waste Connections of Colorado Springs for their compassion and tireless work with the homeless. In addition to the Circle of Life award, an Austrian Pine tree was planted in "America the Beautiful Park" in recognition of their efforts.
HOT continues to thank the community for the partnerships and combined efforts. The measure of success would not be possible without the support and involvement of the community.
The Colorado Springs Police Departments' Homeless Outreach Team is the proud recipients of the following awards:
2010 International Herman Goldstein award for Excellence in Problem Oriented Policing
A Resolution of Appreciation from the City of Colorado Springs
CSPD Written Commendation
CSPD Department Commendation
Partnership for Community Design
Circle of Life Award
Officer Brett Iverson
Officer M.J. Thomson
Officer Dan McCormack
CSPD HOT partnering agency, Pinellas-Park HOT!