SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC 4 Utah) – It is not your typical police work, yet a unique partnership between law enforcement and social workers is proving successful downtown.
The Community Connection Center brings officers, mental health professionals, and other resources all to one place. Together, the group helps people who are willing to help themselves get back on their feet. The facility offers assistance with employment, housing, family issues, and even rehabilitation.
“Our police officers have been asked to be default social workers, unfortunately, and that is not what they’re trained to do… I think with us being able to step in with the resources that we have, that that has been able to help get a lot of individuals the resources they need, rather than incarcerate them,” explained Social Work Manager Lana Dalton.
Salt Lake City Police Chief Mike Brown calls the staff of six social workers his department is partnering with “invaluable.”
Watch the attached video clip to hear from a single dad of twins, who used this program to turn his life around after serving 20-plus years in prison.