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SBPD OfficersThe Santa Barbara Police Department employs both Officers and Civilian Personnel.


Civilian Positions

  • Animal Control Officer
  • Business Office
  • Cadet
  • Forensic Science
  • Information Technology
  • Office Specialist
  • Parking Enforcement
  • Parking Specialist
  • Public Safety Dispatcher
  • Police Technician
  • Records Specialist
  • Station Officer
  • Transcribing 




Officer Positions

  • Police Officer
  • Reserve Police Officer

All Police Officers are eligible for the various assignments and to move up through the ranks at the Department.

Examples of Officer Assignments include:

  • Beat Coordinator
  • Community Relations
  • DARE/School Resources
  • Detective
  • Drinking Driver Team
  • Professional Standards 
  • Motorcycle/Traffic
  • Patrol
  • Public Information Sergeant
  • SWAT
  • Tactical Patrol
  • Training Officer
  • Vice


Police Ranks

  • Chief
  • Commander
  • Lieutenant
  • Sergeant
  • Officer



Jobs are advertised on the City's Website, TV Government Access Channel 14, and in the Santa Barbara News Press.

Pick up an application in the Human Resources office at Santa Barbara City Hall, 735 Anacapa Street, You may also contact City hall by phone or mail at Human Resources, City of Santa Barbara Post Office Box 1990 Santa Barbara, California 93102-1990 Phone: (805) 564-5316

Applications must be filled out completely and show clearly that the employment standards listed on the front of the job announcement are satisfied. Information provided is subject to verification. All applications are reviewed and the most qualified applicants are invited to continue in the examination process.

An eligible list containing the names of all qualified candidates will be compiled for classified positions according to scores received in the examination process. A certification list, containing the top names of the eligible candidates, is sent to each department with a vacancy. An eligible candidate not selected may remain on the list and be certified to other vacancies as they occur. An open list is valid for six months, unless exhausted sooner, but may be extended to a maximum of two years.

Employment requirements include satisfactory completion of: a City-paid medical exam by a City designated physician based upon job-related physical standards; fingerprints; and a police record check. Designated positions require a psychological evaluation, polygraph test, drug screen, and a background investigation. Some positions are covered by the Department of Transportation (DOT) Drug & Alcohol Testing Program.

A probationary period must be satisfactorily completed for all classified positions. The probationary period is regarded as a continuation of the testing process, during which time an employee may be rejected at any time without cause and without the right of appeal.

Last Updated: Jan 20, 2022
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