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.
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.
The City of Santa Barbara Police Department employs both Officers and Civilian Personnel. Click here to learn more about Santa Barbara Police Jobs.
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.
On July 14, 2021, around 0930am, a Santa Barbara Police Officer was on patrol in the area of Cabrillo Blvd. and Stearns Wharf when he was flagged-down by a community member regarding a subject trying to instigate numerous physical altercations in the area of the Wharf. The Officer attempted to conduct a traffic stop of the subject who was driving a vehicle. The suspect fled west on Cabrillo Blvd in their vehicle, away from the Officer. The Officer lost sight of the vehicle and responding police units set up a perimeter in the Natoma Avenue neighborhood. The suspect vehicle was located several minutes later, but the suspect had abandoned the car in an alleyway off East Mason Street.
On June 17, 2021, around 8:30 pm, the Santa Barbara City Combined Communications Center received 9-1-1 calls about a subject walking in the area of State Street and Cabrillo Boulevard with a possible handgun concealed in their waistband. The subject was shirtless, and it appeared the hand grip portion of the firearm was visible to a witness calling 9-1-1.