What is the homelessness situation like in the City of Murrieta?

Homelessness is not a crime and is a nationwide problem that can be seen throughout southern California. The City of Murrieta and the Murrieta Police Department are approaching the problem proactively. The Murrieta Police Department has developed a two officer Homeless Outreach Team (H.O.T.) to address issues surrounding homelessness in the City of Murrieta. The team is deployed on varying shifts and days of the week in order to best serve the community as a whole.

The H.O.T. unit will operate collaboratively with other departments within the city, other law enforcement organizations, surrounding municipal governments, social services agencies and local non-profit groups to work toward assisting and reducing the number of homeless in our community.

The City of Murrieta adheres to the ethos of Responsible Compassion for the Homeless.

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1. What is the homelessness situation like in the City of Murrieta?
2. Are there any resources for the homeless in southwest Riverside County?
3. What should I do if I observe a homeless camp?
4. Is panhandling legal?
5. Is it illegal for the homeless to have shopping carts?
6. Can the homeless spend all day in the city parks?
7. Is drinking alcohol or using marijuana in public illegal?
8. Is it illegal for someone to remove recyclables from trash bins placed at the curb?