Sheriff’s paint truck is ready to roll

In about a month, San Luis Obispo County residents will see something new rolling around the county: a 2008 Ford E350 diesel truck, modified with equipment to allow trained volunteers to remove graffiti from public places.

The truck is a first for the Sheriff’s Department, which demonstrated its capabilities Monday in Oceano.

“We don’t want to discourage individual citizens and businesses from removing graffiti, but in some cases, we’ll be able to respond and assist them in doing so,” sheriff’s spokesman Rob Bryn said. “The object is to make sure that we remove it as quickly as possible.”

Department officials plan to remove graffiti from unincorporated areas but also will remove it from cities at the request of local law enforcement.

The truck has been outfitted with a paint-tinting machine and a paint shaker, Cmdr. Brian Hascall said. San Luis Paints helped the department determine what equipment and paint to purchase, he said.

— Cynthia Lambert