Police sweep homeless camps

Police sweep homeless camps

Effort part of ongoing push to keep public lands free of squatters
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Durango Police Officer Jim Martindale searches an abandoned homeless camp in the wooded hills of Overend Mountain Park. A city ordinance declares it illegal to “knowingly lodge in or camp upon” any public roadway, park, building or place.
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Durango Police officers Jim Martindale and Peter Malberg inspect a raincoat left behind at a campsite in Overend Mountain Park.
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For Jim Martindale and other law-enforcement officers, the week’s sweeps have revealed only remnants of old campsites. The occupants have moved on, leaving bottles and tattered tents in their wake.
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