A Placer County Sheriff’s Office POP or problem-oriented policing deputy used an inmate work crew to clean up a homeless camp in north Auburn Monday. Placer County Sheriff’s Department spokesperson Dena Erwin says the woman found on the property was cited for possessing a stolen shopping cart and for trespassing, as she was behind several “no trespassing” signs posted by Placer County.
Erwin says the POP deputy, Ryan Zender, has been able to solve several similar grass-roots community problems using inmates to help clean-up and minimize profit losses to the businesses in the community. She says homeless camps, especially in the area of North Auburn are an increasing problem. Placer supervisors recently approved opening a homeless shelter in an empty building at the deWitt center.