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Public Safety and Engagement Team

Public Safety and Engagement Team (PSET)

The City Council voted unanimously in early 2019 to allocate $3.45 million in Measure Z money to create a Public Safety and Engagement Team (PSET) Program. This multi-department approach is designed to maintain order in public places while also providing homeless individuals with a pathway out of homelessness. Team members will specialize in providing resources and assistance while also addressing issues of unlawful panhandling, camping, abandoned personal belongings and vagrancy. The team officially begin its activities in May 2019.

For example, employees from the Office of Homeless Solutions, as well as from the Police, Community and Economic Development, and Parks, Recreation and Community Services departments have received training on engaging with homeless individuals, mental health and public health. The City also will contract with a private company to clean up homeless encampments.

PSET Stats
  Jan 2021 Feb 2021 Mar 2021 Apr 2021 May 2021   Total
Locations 526 476 521 510 368   2,401
Number of Contacts (Engagement) 524 472 522 563 405   2,486
Number of Individuals Accepting Services 49 23 46 54 62   234
Number of Code Enforcement Notices Issued 147 122 153 147 87   656
Number of Citations Issued 32 33 44 48 24   181
Number of Arrests 39 50 47 73 44   253
Tons of Trash / Debris Removed From Public Areas / Public Rights of way 41.64 61.1 46.14 43.51 24.71   217.1
Vehicles Towed 1 3 6 1 8   19