Chief’s Message - May 13, 2019
The Lauderhill Police Department supports the efforts to help end homelessness in our City. Homeless individuals are vulnerable to dangers stemming from poor weather conditions or falling victims of crime. Additionally, homeless individuals become easy prey for other activities which often lead to violations of city codes or criminal activities like loitering, public nuisance, vagrancy, and trespassing.
Members of the Lauderhill Police Department actively address the issues affecting homelessness by reaching out to a series of resources, on a case by case basis. Homeless individuals may be referred to programs depending on their circumstances. For example, an individual who lost their job and later their home may be referred to as a "Crisis Homeless Person." That individual may benefit from a family relocation center, a shelter, or a housing assistance program. The "Chronic Homeless Person" may have a substance abuse problem and has become accustomed to living in the streets. That individual may benefit from detox facilities or specialized 30-day programs.
I strongly urge our citizens and business owners to be mindful as our officers, laws, and regulations affect the homeless individuals' lifestyle. Be aware that it is very common for the homeless to ask for money, use the bathroom out in public, haul belongings in carts, or sleep in public areas. Enabling homelessness by hiring people to do menial and temporary work in exchange for food or shelter in the corridors of your business facility are short term fixes that may very well lead to long term problems.
If you are aware of anyone who is homeless, please contact the Lauderhill Police Department at 954-497-4700 and please let us provide these individuals with the help that they need.