Lawmen attack North County gang violence
September 9, 2011
Law enforcement personnel blanketed Paso Robles over the Labor Day weekend as authorities rolled out their “Safe Streets” campaign, making 35 arrests and issuing 30 traffic citations.
It was the first appearance of a joint agency force, officials of which announced its formation just last week, intended to confront a growing gang problem in the North County.
The “three days of directed enforcement” was a combined effort of the Paso Robles Police Department, San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Department, and County Probation, Lt. Ty Lewis said. Arrests were for narcotics, probation, and parole violations, arrest warrants, and numerous traffic violations.
Enforcement operations will continue “for an indefinite period of time,” Lewis said, noting the intent is to “leverage all law enforcement assets to address violent crime in the north county.”
The North County has been plagued over recent months by a surge in gang activity resulting in shooting and stabbing incidents. One victim of gunplay earlier this month remains in critical condition in a local hospital following an incident police believe may have been drug related.