The NYPD has hired a group of trained nurses who will help officers with homeless outreach, NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea said Tuesday.
Shea said the nurses will give medical evaluations to homeless men and women police interact with and encourage them into shelters, the New York Daily News reports.
The nurses, he said, will be instrumental in “making a determination: is this person in need of medical services? Are they a danger to themselves or others? Do they need help?"
Interacting with the homeless will not just be “from a law enforcement perspective but from a medical perspective too,” Shea said.