Tuesday, May 26, 2020 1:34PM ET
PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) — The effort to relocate members of the homeless population who sought shelter at Philadelphia International Airport began early Tuesday morning.

Ambulances, outreach vehicles, and additional officers were seen parked outside Terminal A.

Coronavirus testing for the homeless was available on site.

People were given several options for their relocation, including being placed in a shelter, boarding a free SEPTA bus, or receiving emergency care.

“We certainly want to make sure people are placed safely, and we want to make sure people have the medical attention that they need, and we certainly don’t want to put anybody else at risk,” according to Brian Abernathy, city Managing Director.

Approximately 60 Philadelphia officers are stationed at the airport to support outreach teams. The officers consist of uniformed, plainclothes, and specialized unit personnel.

Philadelphia Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw added, “The officers that you see here are already CIT trained- Crisis Intervention Trained- and really have experience working with those who are underrepresented.”

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