Ogden police to conduct wellness sweep for homeless population

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OGDEN, Utah, Oct. 30, 2019 (Gephardt Daily) — Ogden police will be conducting a wellness sweep to check on the city’s homeless population Wednesday afternoon.

“The Mayor of Ogden City, Mike Caldwell, is very concerned about the plight of homeless persons, particularly families, during this sudden and extreme cold snap,” said a news release from Ogden Police Department.

“The efforts in Salt Lake City have pushed additional homeless persons and families into the Ogden area, resulting in a shortage of available services.”

As a result, Caldwell has asked the police department to do a wellness sweep of the Ogden area and determine if any homeless people are in distress or at significant risk due to the cold. The Chief of Police has assigned a team of officers to conduct the sweep from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. Wednesday, assisted by the Ogden Fire Department’s paramedics.

“The police department will be attempting to locate homeless persons at risk from the cold and direct them to supporting services,” the news release said. “The Chief of Police is asking for the public’s help in identifying additional areas where the homeless are congregating.”

If you see homeless persons who appear to be at risk from the cold, please call the Watch Commander’s desk at 801-629-8060, and provide the location so officers can check on them.


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