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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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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. 

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8 Can't Wait Information - Spanish

Link to SBPD 2020 Use of Force Policy

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Chief Melekian Receives National Leadership Award

September 23, 2021 

On September 22, 2021, Chief Bernard “Barney” Melekian was honored with the annual Police Executive Research Forum’s (PERF) Leadership Award. This award was bestowed upon Chief Melekian during the annual PERF Town Hall, which coincides with the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) conference.

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Suspicious Package – De La Guerra Plaza Area

September 16, 2021 

On September 16th, 2021, around 9:30 AM, the Santa Barbara Police Combined Communication Center received a report of a suspicious package located near the Santa Barbara City Attorney’s Office.

At 12:20pm, the Santa Barbara Police Department and Santa Barbara County Bomb Squad determined a suspicious package near De La Guerra Plaza was a cardboard box full of clothing. A portable X-Ray device was used to determine the contents of the package. The box was located in the open courtyard adjacent to the City Attorney’s Office

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Last Updated: Jul 16, 2021
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