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The Chief's Advisory Panel was established in April 2017 under the direction of Chief of Police Lori Luhnow.  The panel was created to provide a platform for bi-lateral communication between the Chief and a diverse group of people representative of our community who are committed to assisting the Chief in the formation of strategies, development of community policing concepts and increasing public awareness.

Embracing community voice is paramount for law enforcements agencies to promote trust and legitimacy within the communities they serve.  The Chief's Advisory Panel is not a review panel of any police action, whether internal or external, nor a City appointive board or commission, but a forum to address community concerns.  The panel is driven by the imagination of its members and is intended to be a reflection of the community's viewpoints.

The rotating membership of the panel is comprised of community members who represent a range of interests and experience.  Members should represent diverse backgrounds which can include experience in business, education, nonprofits, public relations, faith community, political arena and more.

Role of Panel Members

  • Act as a sounding panel for the Chief of Police regarding community needs and concerns, as well as community response to proposed police programs and priorities.

  • Apprise the Chief of Police directly of the community’s need for police services.

  • Assist in educating the community at large about the function and role of the Santa Barbara Police Department.

  • Attend meetings as needed

  • Act in a capacity that promotes trust and cooperation between the community and the police.

  • Experience training such as police ride along, citizen's academy, and police training sessions


Current Members of the Panel 

Jordan Killebrew, Communications Officer, Santa Barbara Foundation

Robert Stout, Local Business Owner, Entrepreneur

Cary Matsuoka, Superintendent, Santa Barbara Unified School District 

Shelby Garrison, Manager, Global Internal Communications, Sonos

David Moore, Pastor, New Covenant Worship Center

Sharon Byrne, Community Advocate 

Frank Banales, Executive Director, Zona Seca

Matt Lowe, Community Advocate

Colette Schabram, Executive Director, Santa Barbara Pacific Pride


Member Selection

Members are selected by the Chief or her designee, and must be a City of Santa Barbara resident, business owner, or provide a service that has a significant impact on our community.  Members are chosen to serve on the advisory panel for their professionalism, integrity and commitment to our community.

Application to the panel

Many members are invited to join the panel by the Chief of Police based on their demonstrated commitment to our community.  Applicants will also be considered for appointment.  Applications are available online and by request at the police department.  Members are interviewed and appointed by the Chief of Police or her designee.  Applicants should review the role of a panel member, attendance and expectations prior to submitting an application.

Click here for the application

Last Updated: Jul 10, 2019
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