Operation Rio Grande is three-phase plan by local, county and state leaders to deal with crime and lawlessness in the area near the downtown emergency shelter to improve public safety and to help service delivery to homeless individuals.
Phase One began August 14 and was focused on law enforcement. City and state law enforcement officers began arresting and jailing those committing crimes in the area. They were booked into the Salt Lake County jail, which made room for the operation
by using 300 jail beds contracted for with other jails.
Phase Two focuses on assessing,
treating and supporting individuals whose arrests stem from drug and alcohol
addiction, and the purchase and possession of illegal drugs.
Mayor McAdams announced the addition of 37 residential treatment beds at a news conference September 7th, at First Step House, a nonprofit treatment provider.
Read the Mayor McAdams’ remarks from the news conference
See a chart of the behavioral health treatment beds
Mayor McAdams announced the launch of a new specialty
drug court on September 13th. The court provides evidence-based diversionfor those individuals who meet the assessment criteria to participate. At the first drug court session, 35 individuals who were arrested in the law enforcement phase appeared before a court to begin the program.
See a flow chart showing how arrested individuals enter the drug court program
Learn more about Operation Rio Grande on the state’s website
- Jeffrey Allred, Deseret News