Letter: Kudos for HOPE’s efforts to help the homeless

The Sun-Gazette

Dear Editor,

Visalia Mayor Bob Link and Visalia Chief of Police, Jason Salazar have earned my thanks for the work being done by the Visalia Police Department to respond to the conditions of the homeless members of our community. The Homeless Outreach and Proactive Enforcement (HOPE) team, The HOPE Team was created under the leadership of Chief of Police Jason Salazar and is providing a greatly needed service to the homeless members of our community and, in fact, to all members of our community.

Recently Sergeant Brent Miller, one of the VPD officers assigned to the Homeless Outreach and Proactive Enforcement (HOPE) Team made a presentation to a group of which I am a member. Sergeant Miller provided an update on the conditions of the homeless members of our community and the work being done by the Visalia Police Department to help these individuals. The comprehensive and persistent efforts of the VPD are of great interest to us. Sergeant Miller improved our understanding of the challenges presented and the steps the City of Visalia has taken. Perhaps most importantly Sergeant Miller helped us consider more ways in which we, ourselves, might help. We very much appreciated Sergeant Miller making the time to speak with us.

The HOPE team is one of the many examples of the outstanding and essential work being done by the Visalia Police Department to meet the needs of the entire community. Mayor Bob Link, Vice Mayor Steve Nelson, and Councilmembers Greg Collins, Phil Cox, and Brian Poochigian are commended for their strong and continuing support for the good works of Visalia Police Department. Sincerely,

Mark Fulmer
Visalia

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