On June Saturday, 23, 2018, in an ongoing effort to reduce chronic trespassing and crimes associated with members of the homeless community, Lake Elsinore Police and Code Enforcement officers, along with Mayor Natasha Johnson, conducted a trespass enforcement operation in and around areas of the city most affected by these crimes. The enforcement was also designed to provide assistance to those in need.
A total of 17 homeless camps were visited, resulting in 33 people being arrested and transported to the Riverside County’s Cois Byrd Detention Center.
The arrests were made for the following crimes:
8 arrest warrant services
19 trespassing charges
Two vehicles impounded
In addition, 2 people were connected with services to assist with chemical dependency. 15 people were provided information for services to assist with home placement, of which two accepted.
Due in part to the success of the sweep, and its positive impact on public safety and the overall quality of life of those who live in the community, further sweeps will be conducted in the future if needed.
Press Release Provided By the Riverside County Sheriffs Department