SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. -- Over the past year San Luis Obispo Police found 1/3 of all service calls during the day are transient related crimes and most of the time are repeat offenders. To help fix the problem, the San Luis Obispo Police Department established a full-time two-officer Community Action Team that extends beyond standard enforcement efforts.
The department estimates 80% of their calls for service downtown are also transient-related. Police started to create a program to change the issues impacting the quality of life in San Luis Obispo. Planning for the new project started about a year ago.
Officers plan to focus on people who are involved in the repetitive crime in the community. Police say they plan to put most of the focus for these Community Action patrols in the downtown area.
The police department has selected Officers Jeremy Behrens and Jim Fellows to fill the newly established Community Action Team. They will collaborate with stakeholders to include Social Service Providers, Downtown Businesses, Mental Health Crisis Workers, other police agencies, Courts, prosecutors and other City of San Luis Obispo Departments to provide an approach aimed at seeking long term solutions for repeat offenders.
Officers Behrens and Fellows will start working their new assignment on Thursday June 13th.