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San Luis Obispo Police Non-Emergency Phone Number

(805) 781-7317


SLO Solutions

The "SLO Solutions" program went into effect for all residents of the City of San Luis Obispo in 2004. Sponsored by the City of San Luis Obispo, Cuesta College and Cal Poly, residents can use the services of Creative Mediation to resolve a variety of community disputes at no cost to them. To see if your situation is appropriate for mediation, contact our office at 805.549.0442.

Creative Mediation administers a full service dispute resolution program. Services are delivered through a combination of staff, volunteer, and private practitioners. Mediation is available in the following areas:

  • Community Disputes
  • Small Claims Court
  • Litigated Cases (pre and post filing)
  • Business & Commercial Disputes
  • Family Disputes
  • Multi-Party or Complex Cases
  • Environmental & Public Policy Disputes


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Project Child Safe (Free Gun locks)Project Child Safe logo

The San Luis Obispo Police Department will provide free gun safety locks to local residents through a partnership with Project Child Safe, the nationwide firearms safety education program. The free gun locks will be available at the Police Station, 1042 Walnut Street, while supplies last.

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Responsible Medication Disposal

  •  County wide program to dispose of unused medication.

  •  When a medication is out of date or unnecessary, it is important to dispose of them safely to protect our families and our environment.

  • Disposal is free for any of the following: Over-the-counter; prescriptions; samples; pet medications; medicated lotions or ointments.

  • Keep the medications in their original containers and remove or scratch out all personal information.

  • This program is for household medications only and is a great service to our community.

  • Needles or "sharps" need to be returned to a pharmacy for free disposal. For more information, please visit:

  • Drop box located in the lobby of the Police Department.

Do you know how to make 9-1-1 work for you?

1)       Tell the Dispatcher where you are.  Don’t assume they know where you are calling from.

2)       Let the Dispatcher control the call.  They know all the right questions to ask so that you get help quickly and efficiently.

3)        Stay on the phone until the Dispatcher tells you it is okay to disconnect.

4)       Remain calm and use a clear voice.  Remember that you are the eyes and ears of the help you seek until that help gets on scene.

911 Calls from Cell Phones - A Reality Check


Making 9-1-1 Work for YOU! E-Brochure* - Designed to provide essential, age-appropriate, targeted information about the 9-1-1 system and emergency response, these downloadable PDFs are yours reproduce and distribute to the general public, children, teens, and parents in conjunction with your 9-1-1 educational efforts during National 9-1-1 Education Month and throughout the rest of the year.


Child Safety Seats

  • Proper installation is a matter of life and death.
  • 9 out of 10 child safety seats are incorrectly installed.
  • Children younger then 6 years old or under 60 pounds must be properly restrained.
  • We can show you how to properly install your child safety seat in your vehicle.
  • Visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for more information.

Child safety seat inspections are currently offered. Please contact Jason Barrett at of baby


  • The vehicle has no rear seats.
  • The rear seats are side-facing jump seats.
  • The rear seats are rear-facing seats.
  • The child passenger restraint system cannot be installed properly in the rear seat.
  • Children under the age of 12 years already occupy the rear seats.
  • Medical reason (written by the pediatrician) requires that the child not ride in the rear seat.

A child may NOT ride in the front seat of a motor vehicle with an active passenger air bag if:

  • Under one year of age.
  • Weighs less than 20 pounds.
  • Riding in a rear-facing child passenger restraint system.

Volunteer Program

  • Started in the 1980s.
  • Volunteer about 4000 hours of service each year.

Typical volunteer assignments include:

  • Data entry
  • Evidence and property
  • Juvenile diversion
  • Crime prevention
  • Assistance in various support capacities
  • Graffiti Removal

Participants include:

  • Seniors, students, and persons interested in “making a difference.”

Are you interested in being a police volunteer? Contact the Police Department at 805.781.7020.

Student Neighborhood Assistance Program - SNAP

  • SNAP was established in 1992.
  • Recruits students from both Cal Poly and Cuesta
  • Primary duties are to respond to “party” noise complaints in the City.
  • Valuable to the community by freeing up patrol police officers to respond to priority calls for service.

Hours of Operation:

  • Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights
  • 8:30 p.m. to 2:30 a.m.
  • If SNAP is unsuccessful in quieting down the party, police officers respond to enforce code violations.

For further information contact the Police Department Administration at 805. 781.7020.

Check out the Student Survival Guide, Renter’s Checklist for Safe Housing, Checklist for Good Neighbors, Planning A Party.

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