GARDEN GROVE, Calif. September 15, 2015/ The area of Garden Grove has many homeless people that have been without help for quite along time. The City has no community outreach program, until three weeks ago. Officially that is anyway. Officer Brian Hatfield has been doing his own community outreach for quite a while.
Many of the area’s homeless people have been residing in the drainage culverts of the municipality that Hatfield patrols and he has taken it upon himself to check on the homeless during his tour of duty whenever he can. Especially when it rains to ensure that they are safe.
Through his efforts with the help of Orange County residents the first Community Outreach program was started officially to help these indigent people.
ABC7.com covered the story and spoke with one of the persons who Officer Hatfield has been helping right along. The man who was only identified as “Fou” was grateful for Officer Hatfield’s efforts saying “I really give credit to the police officer trying to help us. I respect him,”
Officer Hatfield himself was also interviewed who stated “The challenge is that there’s no rapport built when you go to arrest someone or to do the enforcement action that is being taken on a daily basis,”
Recently he had assisted a veteran that had been left homeless. The veteran was brought to a rehab and given successful treatment. Hatfield was reinvigorated after being thanked by the veteran for having sobered him up and getting him back on his feet.
To date the program initiated by Hatfield has serviced at least 16 homeless people providing them with physical or mental screenings and a few were connected with shelter according to ABC7.com