News Story

 

Homeless Camps Located and Cleared in Arroyo Conejo Open Space
2/17/2017 2:30:00 PM

 

Nature of Incident:

Homeless Camps Located and Cleared in Arroyo Conejo Open Space

Report Number:

N/A

Location:

Arroyo Conejo Open Space, Thousand Oaks

Date & Time:

02/15/2017  8:30 a.m.

Unit Responsible:

Thousand Oaks Police Directed Enforcement Unit / Vulnerable Population Officer

 

 

 

 

 

 

Narrative:

On 2-15-2017, members of the Thousand Oaks Police Department Directed Enforcement Unit, and the Conejo Open Space Conservation Agency (COSCA) Rangers, conducted a homeless encampment inspection in the Arroyo Conejo Open Space, also known as the 'Barranca.'  During the inspection, several camps were discovered and cleared due to environmental concerns.

This area is located next to Rancho Conejo playfields, which is near the intersection of Hillcrest Drive and Ventu Park Road.  These combined efforts in removing the homeless encampments are essential to keep the hiking trails and open space scenery safe and free from litter and unlawful camping.

While in the barranca, six abandoned campsites were located in various locations near the trail.  These camps were littered with discarded debris and clothing.  The COSCA employees removed the debris from those campsites and the surrounding area. 

The Thousand Oaks Police Department wants to remind the public to stay in the designated hiking areas during the hours of operation, which is sunrise to sunset (unless otherwise posted).  It is unlawful to be in non-designated areas, camp, light fires, or be in the barranca area after hours.  Please refer to COSCA's website, www.conejo-openspace.org, to determine the dates and times the parks are open for use.

 

 

The Thousand Oaks Police Department continues to serve the needs of our vulnerable population.  We have a partnership with Lutheran Social Services (LSS), Ventura County Behavioral Health, and COSCA.  Those who might be in need of social services are continually provided information and assistance if they so desire.  If you have any questions regarding services available for our homeless please contact the Vulnerable Population Officer, Sr. Deputy Juan Cordova (805) 796-5251. 

 

 

Prepared by:

Sr. Deputy Juan Cordova

 

Media Release Date:

February 17, 2017

 

Media Follow-Up Contact:

Sr. Deputy Juan Cordova (805) 796-5251

juan.cordova@ventura.org

 

 

Approved by:

 

Sgt. Glenn Axelrod

 







 

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