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Metro police offer help to homeless in cold weather

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -

Metro police were out and about Tuesday night to lend a hand and help people on the streets find shelter.

News 2's John Dwyer went on a "ride along" with a Metro officer who said police like to keep an eye out when the temperature drops.

"When it gets this low, we always try and, during our normal patrol, just ride around see if there's any of them out that want assistance or want somewhere to go," said Officer Tyler Hutton.

Officer Hutton said it's usually just a select few that still hang around the streets when it gets this cold.

"Sometimes I'd say it's 50/50 whether they want assistance or not," he stated.

Homeless people in general seemed to decline shelter options, even though there are plenty of places where they can stay warm for the night.

Officer Hutton said some could have issues with police, but most seem to just want to continue doing their thing, out and about.

"Later on tonight, there will probably be more that [want help], but for the most part the ones that want to be in are already in," he explained.

He said over the past several nights, the Nashville Rescue Mission and Room in the Inn have been filling up.

Officers then take those who want the help to other churches and shelters in the area.

Also new to the downtown landscape are school buses offered as a mobile warming units.  Several are situated in high-traffic areas during the late afternoon and evening hours for people to get warm for a few hours.

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