Parkinson wants a sheriff’s substation in Nipomo
September 23, 2015
San Luis Obispo County Sheriff Ian Parkinson is calling for the county to open a sheriff’s substation in Nipomo. [KCOY]
On Tuesday night, Parkinson hosted a town hall meeting in Nipomo, where residents raised numerous concerns about crime and public safety. Concerns included homeless issues, residential burglaries, illegal drugs, gangs and the possible opening of a medical marijuana dispensary at the southern edge of the community.
Parkinson said a Nipomo substation is a priority, but staffing it depends largely on the county budget. He said he is going to try to do everything he can to get something located in Nipomo.
The sheriff’s office currently has three patrol stations in the county. They are located in Los Osos, Oceano and Templeton. Deputies stationed in Oceano are responsible for patrolling all of South County.
Parkinson said sheriff’s deputies patrolling Nipomo are meeting or exceeding response times on emergency calls. Target response times are 10 to 12 minutes on emergency calls, he said.
Response times would likely improve if a substation was located in in Nipomo, Parkinson said.
San Luis Obispo County District Attorney Dan Dow and County Supervisor Lynn Compton co-hosted the town hall with Parkinson.