Police

Operating under a community-oriented policing philosophy, create and maintain a safe community where people can live in peace without the fear of crime.

About the Police

The Police Department is responsible for providing law enforcement services to the City of Santa Barbara. Working in partnership with the community, quality and professional law enforcement services are provided in a fair and efficient manner.


The Field Operations Division provides police services to the community, which includes a 24-hour 9-1-1 combined police and fire communications center, police patrol response to 9-1-1 calls for service, traffic enforcement, parking enforcement, gang and nightlife enforcement, mental health co-response unit, restorative policing, and quality of life response teams.


The Strategic Operations and Personnel, InternalOperations and Criminal Investigations Division manages, departmental planning, training, recruitment, wellness, information technology, animal control services, departmental fleet and facilities, staffs City sanctioned special events, provides fiscal oversight and conducts follow-up investigations from initial crime reports that include crimes against persons, property, narcotics, gangs, schools, and forensic investigations. It also provides services within the organization including records management, and evidence management.


Our motto “Dedicated to Serve” captures our commitment to ensure a safe and secure place for people to live, work and enjoy our community.


Police Department is budgeted in the General Fund, Police Asset Forfeiture and Grants Fund, Supplemental Law Enforcement Fund, Miscellaneous Grants Fund, and the Traffic Safety Fund.

Department Financial & Staffing Summary

Department Revenues by Fund



Department Expenditures by Fund



Department Organizational Chart