Barnstable Police Department Recognized by County Human Rights Commission

HYANNIS – A Cape Cod police department was recognized by the Barnstable County Human Right Commission Saturday during their annual breakfast in Hyannis.

Members of the Barnstable Police Department Community Impact Unit and Barnstable Department of Public Works received honors for joint work within our community.

The nine-member volunteer Human Rights Commission was created in 2005 by the County’s Assembly of Delegates to promote equal opportunity, prevent discrimination, investigate and mediate complaints and provide human rights information.

Commissioners also work actively to strengthen community ties and reduce misunderstandings and conflicts.

The Community Impact Unit was implemented in May 2014 in response to the growing homeless and street population in downtown Hyannis.

Since its inception, the Community Impact Unit has forged partnerships with the Department of Mental Health, Vinfen, Duffy Health Care, Cape Cod Hospital, the Housing Assistance Corporation, Baybridge Clubhouse, and Barnstable District Court Probation.

It helps provide a comprehensive and systematic response to the disproportionate number of persons in social and mental health crisis in downtown Hyannis.

Through the Innovative Jail Diversion Program, the Community Impact Unit will divert persons in mental health crisis away from the Criminal justice System and towards appropriate treatment.



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