Arroyo Grande Police will use citizen volunteers to assist in handling crime reports, officials announced recently.
Under the Citizens Assisting Police program, certain crime reports reviewed by police detectives may be forwarded to volunteers for follow-up phone calls to collect any additional information, police said. All crime reports will first be reviewed by a detective.
Crime reports containing sensitive or confidential information, such as reports of sexual assaults, will not be handled by volunteers. Police said only parts of reports will be forwarded by a detective.
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Volunteers will attempt to contact crime victims via telephone to ask about additional property loss or damage not listed in the initial report. They could also contact other witnesses such as neighbors.
Cmdr. John Hough said those interested in volunteering can reach him at 473-5126.
— Sona Patel
San Luis Obispo
Retired California Highway Patrol Sgt. Michael “Tex” Teixeira plans to kick off his campaign for sheriff today at noon in the lobby of the SLO County Government Center with an announcement that he will give a portion of his salary away if elected.
“I’m going to announce I will give 20 percent of my salary to gang diversion,” he said.
Teixeira worked 36½ years for the CHP, including 30 years in Los Angeles. He retired as the sergeant in charge of fixed-wing aircraft out of the patrol’s Paso Robles office.
Others running for sheriff include: sheriff’s Deputy Mark J. Adams; former Pismo Beach Police Chief Joe Cortez; entertainment broker Kevin Faircourt; sheriff’s Cmdr. Ben Hall; former county supervisor and San Luis Obispo police Lt. Jerry Lenthall; and San Luis Obispo police Capt. Ian Parkinson.
— Sally Connell
Upcoming Blood Drives in the North County include:
• The Atascadero Elks Lodge is holding a blood drive with United Blood Services of the Central Coast from 2 to 5:15 p.m. Friday at 1516 El Camino Real in Atascadero. Donors can make an appointment by calling 543-4290. Walk-ins are also welcome.
• Templeton Imaging is hosting a blood drive with United Blood Services of the Central Coast from 2 to 6 p.m. Monday at 262 Posada Lane. Donors will receive treats from Cassie’s Custom Cakes in Atascadero. Sign up by calling 434-1491.
— AnnMarie Cornejo