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Local law enforcement discuss safety precautions following Capitol unrest

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Posted at 11:41 PM, Jan 14, 2021

Tensions are high across the nation after the civil unrest at the Capitol and local police chiefs and the Sheriff are working together to make sure what happened at the Capital last week, won't happen in San Luis Obispo County.

Paso Robles Police Chief Ty Lewis says his department along with others have been planning accordingly should there be any type of civil unrest, including working with the FBI.

"There has been a lot of concern by the public, a lot of people are engaged in social media these days and so there are a lot of different flyers, a lot of different posts that are being circulated all over the internet [and] all over social media that are really causing anxiety and a lot of those have been forwarded to us as police chiefs and to the Sheriff," he said.

Lewis says while his department has not been made aware of any credible threats, the posts and flyers are being investigated.

Sergeant Trever Shalhoob of the San Luis Obispo Police Department also said in a statement:

"SLOPD does not currently have intelligence regarding planned or rumored civil unrest locally. SLOPD, along with other law enforcement agencies in the County will have a contingency of officers available to respond should the need arise (locally or out of County)."

Chief Lewis says information from residents has been helpful.

"We really appreciate the information sharing, the community reaching out to us and passing along any information that they think might be relevant because as the old saying is, if you see something say something, that is the way we are going to keep our community safe and we are truly working this together as a partnership to keep all of our community safe," Lewis said.

If you have any information, you can call the Paso Robles Police Department at (805) 237-6464.