The San Luis Obispo Police Department now has a second daytime bicycle officer patrolling downtown as of Tuesday.
The department announced Wednesday that Officer Greg Benson, who has been with the department since December 2012, is now assigned to the downtown area, joining regular daytime bicycle patrol Officer Brent Inglehart.
The department has in recent years had three bicycle patrol officers in the downtown during nights and weekends, but new staffing levels have allowed for a second patrol officer during daytime business hours.
In its announcement, the department said it hopes the extra coverage will help it address problems of chronic panhandling, public intoxication and other persistent crimes.
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