Deanna Cantrell

Hundreds gather for Free Tianna rally in Downtown SLO

Aug 25, 2020
photo by Angel Russell

Hundreds gathered Tuesday at the San Luis Obispo County Courthouse for a Free Tianna Arata rally. Across the street, a group of counter-protesters formed in support of District Attorney Dan Dow, and whatever charges he may decide to pursue against Arata.

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The reporting of some crimes in San Luis Obispo has moved online. This week the city’s police department launched a new web tool for filing a police report for certain non-violent crimes. But the online system may not be the only entity holding victims' personal data.

UPDATED July 12, 2019: Police Chief Deanna Cantrell's stolen firearm has been found, San Luis Obispo City Manager Derek Johnson said in a statement Thursday evening. Johnson said Skeeter Carlos Mangan, 30, admitted to, "finding the firearm in the restroom at El Pollo Loco, putting it in his pocket, and returning to his home to Los Osos." According to the statement, Mangan's brother-in-law reported him to authorities. Cantrell told KCBX News Friday morning no arrest had been made, but the department is preparing to file charges against Mangan.

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On this week's Issues & Ideas, we talk with retired Nuclear Regulatory Commission judge Alex Karlin, who is calling for independent panel to monitor the Diablo Canyon decommissioning. We find out more about the financial crisis and recent loss of leadership in Paso Robles schools, and talk about the 32nd annual "Share The Love Foundation Fashion Show." And we get to know San Luis Obispo police chief Deanna Cantrell and her poetry. Those stories and more on this week's episode of Issues & Ideas.

Theft is San Luis Obispo's number one crime

Mar 17, 2017

San Luis Obispo Police Chief Deanna Cantrell released Friday crime statistics for 2016.

There was a seven percent reduction in violent crime in San Luis Obispo last year. But property crimes have spiked. A whopping 673 police reports were about thefts. And the percentage of thefts from cars increased by 52 percent from 2015 to 2016.

San Luis Obispo Police Department

The San Luis Obispo Police Department is nearing the end of a year-long testing period for body cameras to be worn by its officers in the field. 

San Luis Obispo has a new police chief set to take over on January 4, 2016.