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Santa Barbara Police Department

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Mission Statement

The mission of the Santa Barbara Police Department is to provide for the public safety through the philosophy of community oriented policing. It is to protect and serve our community where all people can live in peace without fear of crime. It is to ensure a professional quality of service and accountability to the citizens of Santa Barbara and to all who should call upon our service.


Lobby Hours

The Police Department Lobby will be open for in-person service during the following days and times:

  • Tuesday - 8:00 AM - Noon
  • Wednesday - 9:30 AM - 3:30 PM
  • Thursday - 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

During these days and times, you can request records or pay a parking citation. Livescan and fingerprinting services are not currently being offered at this time.

Find out more about our Lobby Services

(Updated: 7/15/2021)


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Message from the Chief of Police

Thank you for visiting the City of Santa Barbara Police Department website. As Chief of Police, I am honored to serve alongside the men and women of the Santa Barbara Police Department. We have a dedicated group of sworn officers, civilian employees and volunteers committed to public safety and service to the community. Their commitment to providing world class Community Policing to the citizens that live, work and visit our city has continually reflected the best of 21st Century policing. 

The term "Community Policing" is a philosophy for how police and communities should work together to address crime and disorder.  It's not a program, project or special unit. It is a mindset that, when executed correctly affects the thinking of every police employee, and gets infused into every police function. The nobility in policing is achieved when officer actions are centered on service, justice and fundamental fairness. The actions of any officer can, in an instant impact others for a lifetime, and even a communities for generations. Our officers are expected to constantly balance the readiness and tactical skill required of an emergency responder, with the guardianship and problem-solving resolve of a community caretaker. On behalf of my command staff, our employees and volunteers, thank you for taking the time to learn about our Department. 

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8 Can't Wait Information - Spanish

Link to SBPD 2020 Use of Force Policy

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News Stories

Fatal Traffic Collision Occurs on North Hope Avenue

October 24, 2021 

On October 24, 2021, around 2:00am, Santa Barbara Police Combined Communications Center received a frantic call regarding a medical emergency occurring at a residence located on Broadmoor Plaza. It was reported a 53-year-old male had collapsed in his bathroom with an unknown medical condition and required paramedics.

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Subject Starts Fire in Amtrak Lobby – Arrested for Arson

October 22, 2021 

On October 21, 2021, around 9:20pm, the Santa Barbara Police Department received a report from an Amtrak employee about a subject that had just started a fire inside the Amtrak Station located at 209 State Street. The subject was still on scene and the employee reporting the incident provided a description of the individual to dispatchers.

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State Street Suspect Arrested for Hate Crime & Battery on Officer

October 13, 2021 

On October 12, 2021, at 3:30pm, Santa Barbara Police Officers responded to a disturbance call in the 900 block of State Street. Witnesses in the area stated a male suspect had approached a family of 4 visiting Santa Barbara and started verbally assaulting them. The family, which consisted of two juveniles, attempted to flee the area in hopes of walking away from the belligerent suspect, however the suspect continued to pursue them northbound on State Street. Eventually the family was able to flee from the suspect near the intersection of State Street and Canon Perdido Street.

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Last Updated: Jul 16, 2021
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