Homeless encampments cleared along Clear Creek in Jefferson County

WHEAT RIDGE, Colo. -- The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office is increasing patrols along the Clear Creek trail and trying to help the homeless.

Over the summer, transients built camps and living along the trail. In their wake, they left piles of garbage and debris.

Images from the sheriff's office show many locations, including Johnson Park, with garbage, shopping carts and basic junk thrown all over the place. Much of it was cleaned up Wednesday.

The homeless who were found living at the locations were taken to a sheriff's command post. They were given medical services and other attention if necessary.

The sheriff's office said the goal is to find warm, dry and safe housing for people living along the creek.

The sheriff's office also posted "no trespassing" signs along the trail, removed graffiti, and trimmed bushes and trees to increase visibility.