Park City police told of vagrancy, homelessness, person sleeping in garage
The Park City Police Department in early September received a series of reports involving sightings of people who may have been homeless or general vagrancy complaints, cases that were logged as the summer tourism season ends but well before the ski season workforce is expected to arrive in large numbers.
Public police logs did not provide details, but the cases were reported in a variety of locations. It seems that some of the reports involved people who might be homeless or living in a vehicle.
The Police Department occasionally receives complaints about homelessness. The officers who respond typically request the people leave private property and caution them against camping in the city limits.
Some of the cases last week included:
• on Saturday, Sept. 7 at 11:43 a.m., a man described as homeless was reported to be on a property somewhere along Kearns Boulevard. The Police Department indicated the circumstances were suspicious.
• on Friday, Sept. 6 at 12:35 p.m., the police were told a person had been sleeping in a parking garage of a building on Lowell Avenue. Public police logs indicated the police were also told the person may have used a shower in a common area of the building.
• on Thursday, Sept. 5 at 10:39 a.m., a camp, described as one for a homeless person, was reported on the Silver Spur trail. Phil Kirk, a police captain, said an officer who investigated left a business card while a Park City Mountain Resort representative left a note requesting the person remove their possessions and vacate the property.
• on Wednesday, Sept. 4 at 3:10 p.m., a man was seen sleeping in a hallway in a Kearns Boulevard building. The Police Department said the circumstances were suspicious.
• on Sept. 4 at 2:01 p.m., a contractor working on Crescent Road reported a homeless camp behind a home. The Police Department logged the case as suspected vagrancy.
• on Tuesday, Sept. 3 at 9:37 p.m., a vehicle, described by the police as a “strange RV/bus,” was seen parked somewhere along Captain Molly Drive. The person who contacted the police indicated someone might be attempting to camp using the vehicle.
The Police Department only occasionally finds a camp occupied when officers investigate. Police officers when they find someone who is homeless offer a ride to a shelter in the Salt Lake Valley if the person desires to be transported and there is space available in the shelter. Kirk said the offer has never been accepted.
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