San Luis Obispo Police Department

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At the end of June, a San Luis Obispo resident was arrested for threatening to shoot minorities in his neighborhood. As word of the arrest made its way through the community and across social media, local law enforcement officials say misinformation was also spread about the case. So this week, the San Luis Obispo Police Department held a community forum on hate crimes in the city. Listen above for a conversation between KCBX’s Greta Mart and KCBX’s Tyler Pratt, who was at the meeting. Transcript is below.

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 New Year's Day, 2019, a new state law went into effect. SB 1421 insists that California police departments let the public see formerly-confidential misconduct records. Since then, more than 35 California newspapers and public radio stations—including KCBX—have joined forces to request those records. 

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Conservative provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos is scheduled to visit San Luis Obispo’s California Polytechnic State University this week, invited as a panelist on ‘fake news’ hosted by the Cal Poly Republicans and Turning Point USA.

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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. 

Bomb threat temporarily vacates all San Luis Obispo City buses

Jan 6, 2016
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Local law enforcement are still investigating a bomb threat that shut down city buses Wednesday morning in San Luis Obispo.

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Local law enforcement are addressing public safety concerns following an incident Wednesday morning that shutdown all city buses in San Luis Obispo. 

SLO PD to launch body camera pilot program

Sep 15, 2015
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The San Luis Obispo Police Department will begin testing the use of body cameras over the next year. The department says it will start the pilot program with ten cameras, given to officers in varying positions. 

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Police are investigating a series of vandalism acts that occurred early Tuesday morning.

The San Luis Obispo Police Department began responding to several burglar alarm calls at the 3 a.m.

A total of 10 banks, mostly located in San Luis Obispo's downtown core and the Apple store had their windows broken.

Police found small metal balls at several of the locations. Officials say these are commonly used with sling-slots.

Sgt. Kurt Hixenbaugh said they received the last report Tuesday afternoon.

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The City of San Luis Obispo and former Police Chief Steve Gesell reached an agreement Thursday regarding his exit earlier this month from the department, according to an official city press release. 

"The agreement ensures that no legal action will result from the separation, and is compliant with the severance clause in his offer of employment," its states. 

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The San Luis Obispo Police Department confirmed Thursday that drugs played a role in the August 10 armed robbery at the Delta Sigma Phi fraternity house on California Boulevard.

Investigators say they were able to determine narcotics were being stored, distributed and sold from within the fraternity house before and after the robbery.

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Summer break is quickly coming to an end for most students along the Central Coast, but for the teachers at San Luis Obispo High School these final remaining days are being used to prepare for a worst case scenario on their campus.

On Wednesday, August 20, an alarm will sound on the school grounds of SLO High signaling an emergency situation. In this case it will be a practice drill, simulating a gunman—or active shooter—is among them.

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Five Cal Poly football players are facing charges related to an attempted weekend armed robbery at a fraternity house adjacent to campus.

The official university statement says the players were "suspended from all team activities effective immediately" and possible student disciplinary action is awaiting the results of an internal investigation.

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An electric motorcycle is being tested on the streets of San Luis Obispo as a possible addition to the police department's fleet of vehicles. 

Sergeant Steven Mickel says it goes 130 miles on a single charge and only costs about one cent per mile in electricity fees.

The electric police motorcycle is rated with a top speed of 95 miles per hour, fast enough for around town, and comes fully equipped with pursuit emergency lighting and sirens, safety components and patrol items.