Photos: L.A. County sheriff deputies visit Venice boardwalk

The sheriff of Los Angeles County dispatched deputies Tuesday to Venice Beach to assess the homelessness problem.

Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies talk to homeless individuals in Venice, directing those who wanted shelter to members from St. Joseph Center to assist them.

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Villanueva tweeted Monday that he was sending the Sheriff’s Department’s Homeless Outreach Services Team to the beach, where encampments have proliferated along the popular boardwalk and in surrounding neighborhoods.

A homeless man lying on the ground with a deputy standing over him.

A sheriff’s deputy with the Homeless Outreach Services Team engages with a man reclining on the ground near Ocean Front Walk in Venice.

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Sheriff's deputies patrol Ocean Front Walk.

L.A. County sheriff’s deputies patrol Ocean Front Walk to gauge growing homelessness in Venice.

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A sheriff's deputy waves to a sick homeless man.

An L.A. County sheriff’s deputy waves to a sick homeless man she helped after members of the Sheriff’s Department’s Homeless Outreach Services Team called for an ambulance along Ocean Front Walk in Venice.

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Sheriff's deputies talk to a homeless man.

Sheriff’s deputies from L.A. County ask a homeless man in Venice about his housing preference.

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Rene Reyes, 28, reclines in a hammock in Venice.

Rene Reyes, 28, says he’s been living with his dog, Hunter, for the last three months in an encampment along Ocean Front Walk in Venice.

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A group of sheriff's deputies gather on Ocean Front Walk in Venice.

A group of sheriff’s deputies with the Homeless Outreach Services Team stop on Ocean Front Walk in Venice.

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A sheriff's deputy talks to a homeless men sitting on grass.

Daniel Stovall, left, and Leland Robinson are asked by an L.A. County sheriff’s deputy if they would like to get help finding shelter.

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A trio of sheriff's deputies in Venice.

Venice is not under the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department’s jurisdiction, but Sheriff Alex Villanueva says he was moved to act because of “the failures of local politicians in regard to the homelessness crisis.” Above, sheriff’s deputies walk toward the recreation center.

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Sheriff's deputies talk to a man in a tent.

L.A. County sheriff’s deputies approach a homeless man living in a tent along Ocean Front Walk in Venice.

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Sheriff's deputies walk amid a homeless encampment in Venice.

Three sheriff’s deputies speak to a homeless person surrounded by tents in Venice.

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Sheriff's deputies with the Homeless Outreach Services Team engage with homeless people.

Sheriff’s deputies from the Homeless Outreach Services Team engage with homeless people living in tents near Ocean Front Walk in Venice. The sheriff says the goal of sending deputies to Venice was to clear the area of homeless encampments by July 4.

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Sheriff's deputies escort Leland Robinson.

L.A. County sheriff’s deputies in Venice help Leland Robinson with his belongings as they escort him to meet members of St. Joseph Center to help place him into housing.

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