This section of Community Services is responsible for the hiring of new Police Officers, Reserve Police Officers and Dispatchers. This section is also responsible for the background investigations on all personnel employed by the Police Department. Additionally, we are responsible for all mandated training, whether it be POST, City, State, or Federal that is necessary to ensure that the Santa Barbara Police Department is in compliance with legal requirements. Training is facilitated by Community Services to enhance the professional abilities and upgrade the knowledge of our employees regarding modern law enforcement practices and procedures for the Santa Barbara Police Department. See our Employment page for additional information.