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Park safety program launched in San Luis Obispo

The team assigned to Laguna Lake is San Luis Obispo police Officer Larry Edwards, Officer Crystal Locarnini and public works employee Matt Guiffrida.
The team assigned to Laguna Lake is San Luis Obispo police Officer Larry Edwards, Officer Crystal Locarnini and public works employee Matt Guiffrida.

San Luis Obispo has launched a new program intended to increase safety in its parks.

The police and public works departments have assigned teams of officers and parks maintenance employees to eight parks. Santa Rosa, Emerson, Damon-Garcia and Laguna Lake have three-member teams; Mission Plaza, Mitchell, Meadow and Sinsheimer parks have two members each.

City officials say the effort is primarily designed to improve interdepartmental communication to address problems in parks, but the public can get involved as well.

People should continue to call 911 in the event of an emergency. However, residents can call the members of the park teams to report ongoing or habitual problems. Emails or voice mail messages are to be reviewed by the team members, who will contact residents who report problems to provide feedback.

The program is also part of the city Community Development Department’s efforts to establish designated neighborhoods throughout the city. Once that project is completed, police officers will be assigned as “neighborhood officers,” offering the public more personalized contact in nonemergency situations.

Find out more

Visit www.slocity.org/police/parksteams.asp for information on who is assigned to each park and details on how to contact them.

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