SALT LAKE CITY — Law enforcement and corrections agencies have paid about $320,000 a month in overtime for a push aimed at tackling problems related to homelessness in Salt Lake City.

The Salt Lake Tribune reports that police agencies spent a total of over $600,000 on overtime for Operation Rio Grande from Aug. 14 through Dec. 31 while the Utah Department of Corrections’ costs for participating probation and parole agents amounted to about $800,000.

The operation began with an emphasis at improving public safety and reducing crime. The second phase aims to help people suffering from mental illness and addiction. The third phase focuses on connecting homeless people with jobs and housing.

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