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Crisfield Police Department To Shelter Homeless

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CRISFIELD, Md.- There are no homeless shelters in Somerset County. However, people in need of some help can turn to the Crisfield Police Department, which is opening its doors for people who have nowhere to go in the cold.

Chief Michael Tabor has advised his officers to bring anyone found roaming about on the street, with no destination, to the station to get warm.

During a bumpy ride along, Cprl. Christopher Hill said it is “very common to find individuals meandering around " a fuel tank near the town's Housing Authority and back roads near the bars downtown.

Under the order of Chief  Tabor, Cprl. Hill and his nine counterparts on the force are required to help anyone on the street, whether homeless or intoxicated, find a safe place to stay overnight. Hill keeps an eye out around the McCready Memorial Hospital. 

“A lot of times individuals go there when they're sick and they walk from the hospital," said Hill, who has taken people home before.

Crisfield does not have a large homeless population, but Tabor said the station is open to accommodate anyone who needs shelter for one night. Officers will work diligently to find a safe place for them to stay if more assistance is required.

When you come to the station, you have the option to stay in a jail cell or one of the offices in the front of the station. There is not much space, but enough for a person to get comfortable.

“It's all about staying warm. It's about preservation of life," Tabor said.

Tabor, who spent 28 years on a police force in Baltimore City, is still scarred by the horrifying memory of a homeless man who froze to death at a bus stop.

 "That should not happen to anyone," said Tabor, who is making it his mission to get people off the street and into a warm room or cell for safety.

The Crisfield Police Department is open 24 hours, seven days a week. Anyone who needs help is encouraged to call the police station at 410-968-1323. If a ride is needed, an officer will provide transportation.

Hurricane Sandy destroyed the county's only shelter near Princess Anne. The Somerset County Planning and Zoning director, Gary Pusey, tells WBOC that more than $600,000 in Sandy relief money has been awarded to rebuild the shelter. Currently, the shelter is in a design phase and will soon be up for bid. 
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