'There is hope': Police officer's 24-hour stand against homelessness concludes

A high-ranking London police officer who spearheaded a stand against homelessness in London says “there is hope” for those who are sleeping rough.

Deputy police chief Daryl Longworth orchestrated a series of four six-hour stands throughout the past two months, each focused on different parts of the population affected by homelessness in London.

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The latest and final stand in Victoria Park on Wednesday evening — with an emphasis on Indigenous issues — had participants gather around a fire, share personal stories, and discuss ways the community can advocate for long-term solutions such as affordable, sustainable housing.

“If we can understand a little more about their culture, their beliefs and their understanding, it helps us communicate better,” said Longworth.

Previous stands focused on youth, women, and Mission Services, and altogether created a 24-hour stand against homelessness.

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“I’ve met a number of people, we’ve partnered with a number of agencies and organizations that deal with people experiencing homelessness. We’ve also had a number of people stop in who have experience,” said Longworth.

“It was heartening for me to have them come and stand with us. It was a demonstration to others there are solutions, there are ways out, and there is hope.”

— With files from 980 CFPL’s Andrew Graham

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