“Homeless Outreach and Park Enforcement” Team (H.O.P.E.).
The mission of the H.O.P.E. Team is to provide an enhanced level of safety for our residents and businesses by addressing criminal activity in our city parks and surrounding neighborhoods as well as addressing homelessness issues city-wide. Working in conjunction with our City’s Mental Evaluation Team (MET), Homeless Assistance Liaison Officer Program (HALO), Code Enforcement, Community Services, Public Works, and our patrol resources, the H.O.P.E. Team will be able to provide a more consistent response effort to assist the homeless population with available resources and enforce laws in our City parks and surrounding areas. The H.O.P.E. Team will also assist patrol with the handling of transient related calls for service city-wide as well as monitoring locations throughout the City where homelessness issues are prevalent.
The H.O.P.E. Team consists of 2 West Covina Police Department Officers, working under the direction of the Professional Standards Sergeant, assigned to the Investigative and Support Services Division (I.S.S.D.). Officers will primarily deploy on dual sport zero- emission motorcycles (Zero).