A handful of law enforcement and government officials held a press conference Tuesday morning to discuss crime on the Central Coast and potential safety solutions.
Congressional candidate Justin Fareed, in conjunction with the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office, members of the Santa Barbara County Deputy Sheriff’s Association and other members of law enforcement, discussed previous crimes – including the Marilyn Pharis trial and an abundance in car thefts – in a joint crime safety press conference at the Santa Maria Levee.
Fareed says grant programs to help local law enforcement to track down violent criminals and "keep them off our streets" are part of his campaign interests.
He also spoke of his interest in combating the opioid epidemic and finding ways for law enforcement to find violent people who are in the U.S. unlawfully.
Fareed said he believes one solution is based on the relationships between government and law enforcement on all levels; he says they should improve, noting his support for sheriff Ian Parkinson’s initiatives to make the communities and schools safer.
"We need greater investments strengthening law enforcement and law enforcement through local state and federal partnerships," Fareed said.