Paul Brown, police officer in training, reports guns stolen from his car

nwilson@thetribunenews.comJanuary 3, 2012 

Paul Brown

Former San Luis Obispo City Councilman and Mother’s Tavern owner Paul Brown reported two guns stolen from his car in the city last week.

The incident has prompted an internal investigation into the matter by Brown’s new employer: the Morro Bay Police Department.

Brown, a police officer in training, reported Friday that the weapons were stolen from his personal vehicle parked outside his home, said Capt. Chris Staley of the San Luis Obispo Police Department.

Staley said that he didn’t know whether the weapons were registered with the state of California and wanted to check with the officers investigating the case, who weren’t available Tuesday.

Staley said he doesn’t believe any criminal charges will be pursued against Brown relating to his possession of the guns or their registration, but he wanted to check on that information as well.

Morro Bay Police Chief Tim Olivas said Tuesday that the department is looking into the matter by conducting an internal “fact-finding” investigation that could lead to potential discipline for Brown if he has violated any department policies.

Brown has been participating in a field officer training program for about eight weeks, Olivas said.

Officer misconduct can result in discipline ranging from a written reprimand that’s entered into a personnel file to dismissal from the job. Brown currently is on an 18-month probationary term, Olivas said.

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