Impromptu donations tend to draw crime and littering, Las Vegas police said on Thursday, so they’re setting up a safe place for “well-intended citizens” to give face to face.
Metro’s Homeless Evaluation Liaison Program, HELP, is teaming with Las Vegas non-profits for the Giving Project from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at the American Legion, 733 N. Veterans Memorial Drive, near East Bonanza Road and Las Vegas Boulevard.
Officers from the downtown area command want to provide a “safe venue” for those trying to donate to the homeless, a release said.
“We know people are going to give and we’re not telling them not to,” an unidentified officer said in a YouTube video in the release. “We know that crime goes up when they give out here in a public forum where there’s no police around.”
The Giving Project is going to be held once a month at different locations, police said.
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