NYPD Hires Nurses To Assist With Homeless Crisis

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February 25, 2020 - 6:46 pm
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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — In an effort to clamp down on the homeless crisis in New York City, the NYPD has hired a team of nurses.

Commissioner Dermot Shea announced Tuesday that nurses will be going out with police officers to determine if some homeless individuals are in need of medical attention, or if they may be a danger to themselves or others.

It’s unclear when the team of nurses were hired, or how many.

Shea says the NYPD is aware of the areas in New York City where many homeless individuals may congregate or loiter, but added that sitting on the sidewalk is not a crime.

He says they are looking to help people, not make arrests.

Shea says the nurses were hired to help officers as more and more often, officers are running into homeless individuals who have mental illness, and who they are not always able to help on their own.