Feb 16, 2015 11:53 AM by Associated Press
Redding Police Chief Robert Paoletti says homeless people are drawn to the town by the services provided by local charities.
The comments by Paoletti have drawn criticism from homeless advocates. Paoletti also proposes sending more homeless back to their hometowns by bus, the Record Searchlight reported Friday.
The newspaper reports that Paoletti made the comments at a town hall meeting.
He says his patrol officers ask transients why they came to Redding, and many name the local charities.
Good News Rescue Mission Director Jonathan Anderson says he cautions against shipping away people who need help most.
County Health Center Director Dean Germano says the chief isn't taking into consideration longtime residents with mental health and drug problems, such as veterans.
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