Outreach Instead of Criminalization
Officer Thomas Clinton with the Knoxville Police Department joins Bruce to discuss KPD’s role in addressing homelessness. Officer Clinton plays an important role in how KPD responds by helping those experiencing homeless to overcome their situation instead of just managing homelessness in our community. Learn how the KPD has focused on outreach to those experiencing homelessness and building strong relationships with VMC and other agencies who address the issue of homelessness in Knoxville. Officer Clinton also discusses KPD’s approach to avoid criminalizing homelessness and help those experiencing homeless connect with services and leave the streets as quickly as possible.