Police break up homeless camp along James F. Hall Trail
The Newark Police Department evicted two people who had set up a homeless camp near the James F. Hall Trail.
Police were notified of the tent set up on city park land, near Manual Street, by the Newark Parks and Recreation Department, said Sgt. Gerald Bryda, a spokesman for the NPD. The tent was located in a grove of trees, just feet away from the popular walking/biking path, which is one of the most-used trails in the state.
“The eviction notices were posted, but there was nobody there,” Bryda said.
The eviction gave the individuals 10 days to clear from the area.
Bryda said that it appeared two people, a man and woman, were living there.
On July 10, officers returned to the location to advise the individuals in person. Upon arrival, they located a 26-yearold woman from Newark who had outstanding court capias.
“She was taken into custody and transported to the New Castle County courthouse,” he said.
After that, Bryda said, police monitored the location. On the 11th day following the eviction notice, officers returned to the location and found that everything had been removed.
Bryda said that this was a standard response to dealing with homeless individuals who camp on city land.
“Typically, they make contact with the people, give them the notice. If not, they post the notice. After that, if [the individuals] don’t comply, removal process could begin, or court proceedings could begin,” he explained.
He also noted that any time officers encounters a homeless person on patrol, they share information of social services, shelter and food services.
“We refer them to any of the places that are around here that assist in those endeavors,” he said.
Police broke up a homeless camp that was located in this grove of trees along the James F. Hall Trail near Manual Street.