Officer finds helpless dad, help follows

On Sunday, November 17, Sergeant Richard Meyers of the Convention Center Area Command was on patrol at the south end of the Las Vegas Strip corridor. Sgt. Meyers had gone inside a restroom in a hotel when he heard a baby crying. He discovered a new father trying to change a three week old baby, and the man seemed overwhelmed. The father said he did not know what he was doing, so Sgt. Meyers showed the man how to change and feed the baby.

The man went on to explain that he and the baby’s mother were jobless and were staying in a hotel while looking for work. Sgt. Meyers and Officer Jonathan McFerrin followed up with the family the next day at their hotel. Officer McFerrin contacted Officers Michelle Wilson, Lourdes Smith and Julie Wise from the Community Oriented Policing (COP) Section of the Convention Center Area Command. All of these officers contributed their own money to provide a stroller, car seat, other baby supplies, and food and water for the family.

The following day, at the Project Homeless Connect 2013 event held at Cashman Center, the COP officers, along with the LVMPD Homeless Liaison Annie Wilson, were able to secure housing for the family through HELP of Southern Nevada. The officers were able to arrange for the family to receive an early Thanksgiving meal provided by the LVMPD Communications Bureau.

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