Salinas gang intervention walks the beat

Herald Staff Writer
Jan. 9, 2012
When Salinas police come knocking on doors near North Hebbron Avenue, residents’ expressions often reflect fear, perhaps disdain.

But on a sunny Saturday, officers Rich Lopez and Jeff Lofton were greeted with smiles, and they left with handshakes and hearty thanks.

They walked along Myers Court to introduce themselves to residents and listen to their concerns. As Lopez handed Juanita Martinez a pamphlet with phone numbers for getting help for everything from graffiti abatement to shots fired, Martinez told him about the time her father tried to tell an officer about an abandoned car but was brushed off.

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