Burbank Police Sgt. Mike Parrinello envisions himself as the one to help keep homeless people on the path to recovery and off the streets.
“We’re the go-betweens, since we have contact with them,” Parrinello said. “We’re coordinating between officers, resources and whatever organizations will help.”
The program models are still being tested and put together, but Parrinello is part of a budding effort at the Burbank Police Department to take a more proactive approach in reducing the number of transients on city streets.
Parrinello has already served as a liaison between officers, residents, community organizations and the homeless population for roughly nine months.
“It’s a lot easier when you have someone in your corner helping you out,” Parrinello said. “We envision this isn’t going to be just, ‘We’ll point you in the right direction.’ We’ll help you get there, and follow up to make sure it’s working properly. If not, we’ll find another means.”