During the past year the San Luis Obispo Police Department found that nearly one third of the Departments calls for service during the daytime hours were for transient related crimes, often repeat offenders. Approximately 80% of calls for service in our Downtown during the same time period are believed to be transient related. Last year SLOPD began developing a plan of action to address behaviors impacting the quality of life in San Luis Obispo.
As part of this plan, SLOPD began assigning two officer teams that focused their efforts throughout the community on these certain types of behaviors. The officers were tasked with focusing on individuals who were involved in adverse and repetitive criminal activities that negatively impact our community. Officers working these shifts focused much of their efforts on criminal activities surrounding San Luis Obispo’s downtown community which adversely impacted the quality of life for residents, businesses owners, and visitors of the City of San Luis Obispo.
The San Luis Obispo Police Department recognized many of the positive impacts of this type of unit and began the process to establish a fulltime two-officer Community Action Team (CAT) which is intended to extend beyond enforcement efforts.
Officers Jeremy Behrens and Jim Fellows were selected to fill the newly established Community Action Team. These officers will serve as the Department’s first dedicated resource and 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 a holistic approach aimed at seeking long term solutions to include focus on repeat offenders.
Officers Behrens and Fellows begin working their new assignment Thursday June 13.