The Police Department frequently receives inquiries relating to the increased number of homeless/transient persons throughout the City.
Like other California cities, we have seen a marked increase in calls for service related to the homeless community. In 2020 Fountain Valley police officers responded to 1,550 homeless/transient related calls. In 2021, the number of calls increased to 1,681. Since August of 2022, Fountain Valley Police Officers have responded to 1,199 calls for service regarding homeless related issues.
In 2013, the Police Department established a Community Resource Officer (CRO) position to respond and interact specifically with the homeless population. In 2021, FVPD created a second CRO position due to the magnitude of calls received. The CROs connect homeless/transient persons with information and services such as shelters, veteran’s services, substance abuse, and mental health assistance.
As part of our initiative to address homeless/transient concerns in the City, the Fountain Valley Police Department collaborates with the Orange County Health Care Agency. They have assigned a mental health clinician to work alongside our CROs. Once a week, the clinician rides with the CRO to provide additional resources and evaluation services. The clinician offers a layer of mental health resources and assessment for homeless persons, including those who may be in crisis.
Additionally, Fountain Valley Police Department partners with City Net Orange County. City Net offers a variety of outreach and engagement services to reduce homelessness and provide resources to the communities they serve.
Fountain Valley Police Officers receive the latest Crisis Intervention, Strategic Communication, and Mental Health Awareness training where Officers become proficient in best practices including de-escalation techniques.
The City is actively partnering with businesses and neighboring agencies to share resources and identify short and long-term solutions.
FVPD is committed to protecting our City’s quality of life while respecting the Constitutional rights and dignity of all persons.