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About Michael

In February 2013, Deputy Michael Jones began researching a better way for the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department to deal with quality of life crimes. Michael worked with agencies from around the country to form a program that fit San Bernardino County's needs. Working with Sheriff McMahon and the Office of the Sheriff, a pilot program was implemented in July 2013. The initial program teamed the Sheriff's Department with Department of Behavioral Health staff to better assist the homeless population, most of which have mental health issues. In January 2014, Michael was reassigned to the Homeless Outreach and Proactive Enforcement (HOPE) team to implement the program countywide. He is currently part of a committee to work on a countywide approach to assist the homeless population with the Interagency Council on Homelessness SBC Homeless Youth Task Force, Homeless Veteran Planning Group, and other community boards. He recently worked with Esri technology to create several applications to better serve and connect the homeless population. Over the last four years, the HOPE team has contacted more than 6,000 homeless individuals and assisted over 1,500 homeless individuals with finding housing.

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