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Jan 5, 2010 9:27 PM by Monica Quintero

Central Coast connected to Homeland Security database

San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties on Tuesday connected to a Homeland Security database. The database screens the immigration status of those arrested and fingerprinted to see if they have a criminal background. The new program is called "Secure Communities."

It's a collaborative effort between the FBI, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security and local law enforcement agencies.

Chief Deputy Martin Basti, San Luis Obispo County Sheriff, said, "This is a good example of good use of federal funds to work with local agencies and that everybody is on the same page. They're identifying those criminals, making our community safer and making it easier because we have the technology and automated system to make sure nobody slips through the cracks." Coming up on KSBY New at six o'clock, KSBY News Reporter Monica Quintero will have a live report. Find out what kind of criminals "Secure Communities" is targeting.

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