Annual Report 2009 - Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Department

Annual Report 2009 - Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Department

Sheriff’s Office

Santa Barbara County


Annual Report

Mission Statement

We, the members of your Sheriff’s Office,

are responsible for enforcing the laws,

upholding the Constitutions,

and providing custody and court services.

We are committed

to enhancing the quality of life

through effective partnerships,

protecting persons and property,

while serving as role models to our community.

Guiding Principles


We are responsible for our actions, which are based upon the highest

standard of ethics. We are committed to being honest, moral and



We are considerate, selfless and supportive in all our endeavors.


We take action, even at personal risk, by protecting the community,

safeguarding the public interest, and improving the organization.


We treat everyone with respect and dignity. We are impartial and just in

our decisions and conduct.


We perform our duties with professional excellence. We are dedicated

and responsive to our community.

Members of the Board of Supervisors and Citizens of Santa Barbara County:

It is with great pride that I present to you the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office 2009 Annual Report.

As in prior years, 2009 was a year that presented a multitude of challenges to the men and women of the department. Due to the

ongoing fiscal shortfall facing the County, our agency reduced staffing by 30.5 full-time employees and reduced its General Fund

contribution by $4.1 million. In order to preserve frontline services, reductions in support services and consolidations of

Bureaus and Divisions occurred. Sworn management positions were reduced by 17%. Service and Supply expenses were trimmed

to 2007 levels, even with significant increases attributed to County Jail medical, mental health, and outside hospitalization charges

as well as expensive pharmaceuticals.

During these turbulent financial times of diminished resources, FBI Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) statistics report that violent crime has risen in the unincorporated

area of the County by 44%. This significant increase may be attributable to the difficult circumstances brought on by the recession. Whatever

the cause, this spike has the potential to negatively impact the quality of life of in our communities straining the criminal justice system, particularly the

County Jail.

Jail overcrowding continues to persist, even after many measures that have been taken to alleviate this problem. The need for a jail in North County cannot

be understated. Although the County has secured a conditional award of $56.3 million through the State’s AB 900 program, the challenges of cobbling

together the required match of about $27 million, and finding the additional annual operating costs of approximately $15 million have yet to be resolved.

In 2009, the men and women of the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office were again tested by disasters and unsponsored events of enormous proportions.

As in the prior year, two major wildland fires devastated areas within Santa Barbara County. The May 5 th Jesusita Fire required the evacuation of over

30,000 persons while an additional 25,000 persons received evacuation warnings. Unfortunately, the fast moving inferno consumed over 160 homes and

damaged 17 more. The magnitude of this disaster exceeded our local resources and mutual-aid personnel were summoned from the Tri-Counties as well as

from Los Angeles County and the City of Los Angeles. This was the largest mutual-aid response since the Isla Vista Riots.

The La Brea Fire started on August 8 th at the site of an illegal marijuana growing operation. This fire scorched approximately 90,000 acres and again

required a multitude of evacuations and evacuation warnings.

Halloween weekend in Isla Vista required a full department mobilization, and Floatopia – the fledgling beach party of local students using the huge advertising

power of Internet social networks – proved to be both a public safety emergency and an environmental crisis.

In each of the aforementioned disasters and emergency operations, department members and volunteers performed in an exemplary manner. A multitude

of dangerous situations were encountered and resolved by the men and women of the agency. I could not be prouder of their actions. Please see the

“Employee Awards“ section for some examples of their outstanding performance.

Let me close this message by thanking all members of the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office for their outstanding and noteworthy efforts over the past

year. I also want to thank you, our elected Board members and citizens of this county, for your continuing support and trust. Our work cannot be accomplished

successfully without your partnerships. It is an honor and privilege to be your Sheriff, and to have the opportunity to lead the fine men and women

of the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office.


Bill Brown


Table of Contents

Mission Statement ............................................................................................... 2

Guiding Principles ................................................................................................ 3

Letter from the Sheriff .......................................................................................... 4

Organizational Chart ............................................................................................ 6

Office of the Sheriff .............................................................................................. 8

2009 Part 1 Crime Statistics .............................................................................. 10

Law Enforcement Operations .............................................................................. 12

Custody Operations ............................................................................................ 26

Support Services ................................................................................................ 32

Awards ............................................................................................................... 39

Retirements & Promotions.................................................................................. 51

Employee Unions ................................................................................................ 52

Service Locations ............................................................................................... 54

Organizational Chart


Office of the Sheriff

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office is led by the elected Santa

Barbara County Sheriff-Coroner. The Undersheriff assumes command of

the department in the absence of the Sheriff. The Undersheriff is responsible

for directing the operations of all the major divisions of the department,

including law enforcement, custody and administration.

The Office of the Sheriff includes the Department’s Legal Advisor, Office

of Professional Standards, Public Information Office, Sheriff’s Adjutant,

and the Research and Planning Bureau. These offices report directly to

the Sheriff due to the nature of the duties and responsibilities involved.

Office of Professional Standards

The Office of Professional Standards (OPS) conducts in-depth and

unbiased investigations of citizen complaints and internally-generated

allegations of misconduct made against Sheriff’s Office employees.

Each case is evaluated by the Office of the Sheriff and then assigned to

the OPS. OPS conducts investigations to determine if violations of Sheriff’s

Office procedures, laws or policies have occurred so corrective action

can be taken or an employee can be cleared of a false claim of misconduct.

The purpose of this unit is to maintain Sheriff’s Office integrity

and instill trust with the community it serves.

Public Information Office

The responsibility of the Public Information Office is to serve as a liaison

from the Sheriff’s Office to the public through the media, and to facilitate

the flow of information within the department.

The Public Information Office includes Media Resources. Media Resources

enhances communication, not only within the department, but

also between the department and the public we serve. Additionally this

unit provides the public with information regarding dangers to their

safety, and making them aware of the facilities and services the Sheriff’s

Office provides. Utilizing video updates, Media Resources provides video

taped information from the Sheriff and other staff members to all department

personnel, sworn and civilian. These video updates, which are provided

as needed, communicate current operation plans, policies, goals

and objectives department-wide.

Research & Planning Bureau

The Research and Planning Bureau is responsible for emergency planning

and preparedness, mutual aid coordination, tracking and reporting

departmental recurring performance measures, conducting research on

topics requested by the Sheriff or Undersheriff, and the ongoing monitoring

of departmental projects, programs and initiatives.

Crime Analysis Unit

The Research and Planning Bureau includes the Crime Analysis Unit

(CAU). CAU is responsible for analyzing and identifying crime trends and

dissemination of that information to the appropriate division for crime

suppression and prevention.

Emergency Preparedness

Natural or man-made emergencies can happen quickly, without warning,

and have long-term consequences. The goal of emergency preparedness

is to save lives, prevent injuries, to facilitate recovery if an emergency

occurs, and protect people, animals, property and the environment. The

Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office Emergency Preparedness and

Planning Coordinator works to anticipate problems, propose possible


solutions, and is committed to emergency preparedness and planning

through disaster drills, partnering with other agencies, testing equipment,

and training. The department has developed response plans from fires to

floods to pandemics. These plans have been exercised in drills within

the department, with other agencies, and with local communities. The

department is committed to collaborating with local, state and federal

agencies as well as non-profit and other community based organizations

in preparing today for tomorrow’s emergencies.

2009 Fires

The year 2009 again found Santa Barbara County battling large-scale,

devastating, human-caused fires. On May 5th the Jesusita Fire started in

the San Roque Canyon and the Tunnel Road area in Santa Barbara

County. With winds of 20 – 25 mph fanning the flames, the fire quickly

took off and resident evacuations were ordered. Ultimately over 30,000

people were under mandatory evacuation and an additional 25,000 received

evacuation warnings. Over 250,000 Reverse 9-1-1 calls were

made facilitated by the Sheriff’s Dispatch Personnel. By full containment

on May 18, 2009, a total of 8,733 acres were burned; 30 firefighters

were injured, 3 seriously; and 160 structures were destroyed and 17

structures were damaged. Over 4,500 firefighters and over 300 law enforcement

officers were assigned to the fire. The Sheriff’s Office requested

mutual-aid assistance from Los Angeles, San Luis Obispo, and

Ventura Counties law enforcement agencies. This was the largest mutual

aid request in Santa Barbara County since the 1970 riots in Isla Vista.

The Sheriff’s Office acted as the mutual-aid coordinator and the law enforcement

incident commander for the duration of the Jesusita Fire.

On August 8th, the La Brea Fire started in the northwest portion of the

San Rafael Wilderness in very steep and inaccessible terrain. Campgrounds

were quickly evacuated and closed. Several canyon communities

and residential areas faced evacuation warnings and orders before

the almost 90,000 acre fire was contained. The Sheriff’s Air Support Unit

and Special Investigations Bureau assisted with the investigation of the

cause and origin of the fire and search for suspects. It was determined

that the La Brea fire was started by a propane cooking stove used at the

camp of an illegal 30,000+ marijuana plant growing operation believed

to be run by a Mexican National drug trafficking organization.

Patrol deputies, civil deputies, custody deputies, members of the Special

Enforcement Team, and the all-volunteer Sheriff’s Search & Rescue

Team risked their lives during both fires to ensure the safety of threatened

residents. As others retreated to safety, team members and deputies

risked their lives to ensure that all in the fire’s path were notified and

directed to safe locations.

Department helicopters are equipped with computerized GIS mapping

systems that computer map the perimeters of a burning wildland fire.

This mapping provides decision makers with current information regarding

the size, location and direction of travel of a wildland fire. Emergency

managers use this information to determine where and when evacuation

orders and warnings should be issued and lifted.

While continuing to provide law enforcement service throughout areas of

the county unaffected by fires Sheriff’s deputies, assisted by other area

law enforcement personnel, patrolled the evacuated areas protecting

homes and property from looters and other criminals seeking to take advantage

of others’ misfortunes. Deputies later helped with the orderly

repopulation of evacuated areas.

La Brea Fire Marijuana Growing Encampment



Felony Part 1 Violent and Property Crime Trend

Sheriff’s Office Jurisdictions

Unincorporated County and Contract Cities

Property Crimes

Part 1 Crime Statistics

Violent Crimes

2009 Santa Barbara County

Part 1 Violent Crime Offenses

By Reporting Jurisdiction











1588 1503



1389 1395


265 264

275 297




2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009

Felony Violent Crimes are: Homicide, Forcible Rape, Robbery and Aggravated Assault.

Felony Property Crimes are: Burglary, Larceny-Theft over $400 and Motor Vehicle Theft.




2009 UCR Index Crime Rate






Cleared by


Homicide 0 0












63.4% 66.6%

Forcible Rape 31 13 41.9% 42.0% 41.2%

Robbery 35 9 25.7% 27.7% 28.2%

Aggravated Assault 280 226 80.7% 53.7% 56.8%

Burglary 840 174 20.7% 12.9% 12.5%

Total Larceny-Theft 1541 250 16.2% 7.0% 21.5%

Motor Vehicle Theft 23 2 8.9% 16.8% 12.4%

2009 Santa Barbara County

Part 1 Property Crime Offenses

By Reporting Jurisdiction

Arson 12 3 25.0% 12.4% 18.7%

The numbers reported here reflect the official Part 1 Crime/Uniform Crime Report (UCR) numbers reported to the

California Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigations and exclude unfounded cases. UCR

statistics are derived from specified categorical guidelines and may differ from other crime statistics kept by the

Sheriff’s Office.



Law Enforcement Operations

Law Enforcement Operations is responsible for providing primary law enforcement

services to approximately 200,000 people in the unincorporated

areas of Santa Barbara County and the contract cities of Buellton,

Carpinteria, Goleta and Solvang. In 2009 there were 115,543 calls for

service for the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office law enforcement

units; 22,150 reports were written and 9,469 people were arrested.

A Chief Deputy leads the three divisions within Law Enforcement Operations:

North County Operations, South County Operations, and Criminal

Investigations Divisions. Each division is under the direction of a Commander.

North County Operations Division

North County Operations Division provides law enforcement patrol, investigation

and crime prevention services to the unincorporated area of

northern Santa Barbara County and two contract cities, Buellton and Solvang.

Divisional boundaries extend north and east from the Gaviota Tunnel

to the San Luis Obispo, Kern and Ventura County lines. The North

County Operations Division stations are in Buellton, Lompoc, New Cuyama,

Santa Maria, and Solvang.

Buellton Station

The Buellton Station is located between Solvang and Lompoc and is commanded

by the Lompoc Station Lieutenant, who also serves as Buellton’s

Chief of Police. The station is staffed with field deputies, supported by

administrative staff, who are responsible for providing law enforcement

services for the City of Buellton and surrounding unincorporated areas.

As a part of patrol operations, deputies also handle all traffic problems

and accident investigations that occur within the city limits. Law enforcement

services are provided to the City on a 24-hour basis. The City of

Buellton also has a Community Resource Deputy who handles all business,

residential and community crime prevention and awareness programs

within the city limits. The city also has a motorcycle traffic deputy

whose goals and objectives are to improve safety by strict traffic enforcement

and education, therefore reducing the number of traffic accidents

and injuries.

Lompoc Station

The recently built Lompoc Station is staffed with field deputies, supported

by administrative staff, who are responsible for approximately 121

square miles of the unincorporated areas surrounding the City of

Lompoc, including the Mission Hills, Vandenberg Village, and Mesa Oaks

communities. As a part of patrol operations, deputies also interact with

law enforcement personnel at Vandenberg Air Force Base and the

Lompoc Federal Prison. The Sheriff’s Mounted Unit training facility is located

at the former Lompoc Station.

New Cuyama Station

The New Cuyama Station is located in the northeastern area of Santa

Barbara County, bordering San Luis Obispo, Kern, and Ventura Counties.

The station is staffed by two resident deputies who are supervised by the

Santa Maria Station on-duty field supervisor, with management responsibilities

for the New Cuyama Station resting with the Santa Maria Station

Commander. Based upon the rural and remote nature of the Cuyama

Valley, the two assigned resident deputies are frequently called upon to

provide assistance to the California Highway Patrol, the Department of

Fish and Game, and law enforcement personnel from neighboring county

agencies on a 24-hour basis. The deputies also receive reciprocal backup

assistance from neighboring agencies.


Santa Maria Station

The Santa Maria Station is located in Orcutt and provides law enforcement

services to Orcutt and the surrounding unincorporated areas including

Casmalia, Garey, Los Alamos, and Sisquoc, as well as supporting the

resident deputies that service the residents of Cuyama Valley.

Sheriff’s personnel provide services that meet the diverse nature of the

community focusing on making a positive difference in the community by

closely monitoring their needs regardless whether they live in the rural or

urban areas.

The Santa Maria Station is staffed by patrol personnel as well as having a

contingent of detectives that specialize in crimes against persons, property,

and narcotics violations. This station also provides other services,

such as community resource and crime prevention specialists, forensic

technicians, and gang and rural crimes investigators.

Santa Ynez Valley Station

The Santa Ynez Valley Station is located within the City of Solvang and is

commanded by a Lieutenant. The lieutenant also acts as the Solvang

Chief of Police. The station’s field deputies, supported by administrative

staff, are responsible for approximately 400 square miles of the unincorporated

areas surrounding, and including the City of Solvang, and the

communities of Ballard, Los Olivos, and Santa Ynez. Patrol operations

within the City also include traffic enforcement and accident investigations.

The City of Solvang has a Community Resource Deputy position,

funded through a State of California COPS grant. This deputy handles all

business, residential, and community crime prevention and awareness

programs within the city limits. The Santa Ynez Valley Station is also responsible

for providing law enforcement services to the Chumash Indian

Reservation and the adjoining casino. Through a State Community Benefit

Grant, the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians provides grant monies

for additional patrol deputy staffing to mitigate the impact the casino

has on the various communities in the Santa Ynez Valley.

South County Operations Division

The South County Operations Division (SCOD) provides patrol enforcement,

investigation, and crime prevention services to the unincorporated

areas of southern Santa Barbara County and to the contract cities of

Carpinteria and Goleta. The division boundaries extend from the Gaviota

Tunnel, south to the Ventura County line, and west, from the crest of the

Santa Ynez Mountains to three islands in the Santa Barbara Channel.

Three Patrol Bureaus are located in the South County: Coastal Bureau at

Carpinteria Station, Goleta Valley Station at Sheriff’s Headquarters, and

Isla Vista Bureau at the Isla Vista Foot Patrol. The office at the Camino

Real Marketplace serves as a “storefront” community office in the City of


Coastal Bureau Station

The Coastal Bureau Station, located in the southernmost area of Santa

Barbara County, provides law enforcement services to the unincorporated

county areas of Montecito, Summerland and Carpinteria Valley and

to the City of Carpinteria, which contracts with the Sheriff’s Office for police

services. As public safety first responders, Sheriff’s deputies are responsible

for law enforcement, investigations, and crime prevention. Traffic

matters are also a part of community policing within the City of Carpinteria.

Goleta Valley Station

The Goleta Valley Station is located at Sheriff’s Headquarters and provides

emergency response, preliminary initial investigation, and preventive

patrol to the unincorporated area of Goleta Valley, as well as police

services to the City of Goleta. The Goleta Valley Station’s patrol area of

responsibility extends from the Gaviota Tunnel to the Santa Barbara city

limits. It includes the area from the coast to the crest of the Santa Ynez

Mountains, the Santa Barbara District of the Los Padres Forest, and to

the three northern-most islands in the Santa Barbara Channel, twentythree

miles offshore.



Isla Vista Foot Patrol Station

The Isla Vista Foot Patrol Station was established in 1970 to address local community concerns, and

became one of the first Community Oriented Policing stations in California. The Isla Vista community

is comprised of various groups: the majority of the population attends UCSB and Santa Barbara City

College. To meet these needs, three agencies have formed a partnership to effectively police Isla

Vista. The Santa Barbara Sheriff's Office, University of California at Santa Barbara Police Department,

and the California Highway Patrol all provide staffing for the station. Primarily using foot patrols and

bicycle patrols, the deputies and officers assigned to the station strive to work together with the community

in order to improve public safety through daily positive interactions.

Law Enforcement Support Programs

North and South County Law Enforcement Operations are augmented by a number of important programs

including the Chaplain Program, Community Resource Deputies, Explorer Posts, Field Training

Program, K-9 Units, Mountain Patrol, Reserve Deputy Program, Rural Crime Unit, School Resource

Deputies, Sheriff’s Volunteer Team, and Watch Commanders.

Rural Crime Unit

The Santa Barbara Sheriff’s Office investigates a wide variety of crimes. Among them are crimes

committed in rural areas that impact farming and ranching operations. In an effort to combat these

unique problems, deputies have received special training to assist them in these investigations.

The department utilizes deputies who concentrate on rural crimes county-wide. These deputies are

assigned to patrol operations and specialize in this type of investigation as a collateral assignment.

The department’s full-time rural crime investigator position is funded by grants from the State of California

for the express purpose of preventing rural crimes and investigating crimes committed in rural


The Rural Crime Investigator works closely with agencies in adjoining counties and keeps current with

statewide crime trends in an effort to prevent any similar issues from occurring in our community.

The Rural Crime Unit is committed to enhancing the quality of life in rural areas through proactive law

enforcement measures. The unit conducts diligent investigations and works closely with the residents

of rural areas to solve crimes and return stolen property. In 2009, the unit investigated 115

cases and recovered $207,043 worth of stolen property. In 2009, five individuals were arrested after

the Rural Crime Deputy uncovered evidence of a ritualistic animal sacrifice incident.

North County Operations Division

City of Buellton

City of Solvang

Lompoc Station

New Cuyama Station

Santa Maria Station

Santa Ynez Valley Station

South County Operations Division

Coastal Bureau Station

Goleta Marketplace Storefront

Headquarters/Goleta Valley Station

Isla Vista Foot Patrol Station

Law Enforcement Support Programs

Chaplain Program

Community Resource Deputies

Explorer Posts

Field Training Program

Gang Unit

K-9 Units

Mountain Patrol

Reserve Deputy Program

Rural Crime Unit

School Resource Deputies

Sheriff’s Volunteer Team

Criminal Investigations Division

Criminal Investigations Branch

Detective Bureaus

High Tech Crimes Unit

Investigations Support Bureau

Coroner’s Bureau

Forensics Bureau

Property and Evidence Bureau

Special Investigations Bureau

Air Support Unit

Narcotics Unit

Organized Crime / Homeland Security

SBRNET Narcotics Task Force

Special Units

Bomb Squad

Dive Team/Patrol Boat

Honor Guard

Hostage Negotiations Team

Mobile Field Force

Mounted Unit Enforcement Team

Search & Rescue Team

Special Enforcement Team


Gang Unit

The Gang Unit had a busy year in 2009 with a three-person team responsible

for county-wide gang enforcement. A fourth person in the unit continues

to work as a member of the FBI Gang Task Force. The Gang Unit

performs multiple functions. These functions include prevention and intervention

efforts, street enforcement, preparation of gang enhancements

for court, registering gang members, and assisting outside agency

gang units.

The Gang Unit arrested over 100 gang members and completed gang

enhancements on 17 gang members. These arrests and enhancements

included almost every street gang in Santa Barbara County. The Sheriff’s

Gang Unit assisted other agency gang units in Santa Barbara and Ventura

Counties with search/arrest warrants and enforcement at street

fairs and festivals. Immigration Customs and Enforcement (ICE) assisted

with the arrest and deportation of a local gang member that was a dangerous

convicted felon and had been previously deported twice.

Law Enforcement Explorer Program

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office maintains an active Law Enforcement

Explorer Program. Law Enforcement Explorers are individuals,

ages 14 through 20 years, who have an interest in law enforcement activities,

and a possible career in law enforcement. The intent of the program

is to educate and involve youth in police operations, interest them

in a possible career in law enforcement, and build a mutual understanding.

The Sheriff’s Office currently has four Explorer posts throughout the

county. The posts are located in Goleta, Lompoc, Santa Maria, and

Santa Ynez/Buellton. There are approximately 30 Explorers department

wide. Each post is supervised by Explorer Advisors, who are full-time

Sheriff’s Deputies.

Sheriff’s Explorers attend regular meetings and engage in ongoing training

and education through the Sheriff’s Office to learn about law enforcement

activities and community involvement. Explorers assist department

personnel with community events such as parades, fairs and color guard

details. Additionally, Explorers assist with traffic control at various community

events throughout the county and attend a variety of Explorer

competitions throughout California.

The Sheriff’s Explorer Posts participated in four competitions in 2009.

The competitions test their knowledge in law enforcement policies, procedures

and tactics, as well as application of the many criminal codes they

learn during their continual training. The three-day competitions were

located in Oxnard, Paso Robles, Tehachapi, and Tulare. The Explorers

brought home a combined 40 trophies from the competitions. In 2009

the first annual Explorer awards banquet was held. Explorers who spent

numerous hours serving both their department and community were honored.

In 2009, the Sheriff’s Explorer Posts hosted the Central Coast Explorer

Academy, which is comprised of Explorers from the Santa Barbara County

Sheriff’s Office and police departments in Arroyo Grande, Grover Beach,

Lompoc, Paso Robles, Pismo Beach, and Santa Maria.



Citizens’ Academy

Twenty people participated in the Sheriff Office Citizens’ Academy and

gained a better understanding of how their Sheriff's Office functions.

The six week Citizens’ Academy was developed to educate the public

about the role of local law enforcement and to give them a better understanding

of the duties, responsibilities, and operations of their local Sheriff's

Office. The Citizens’ Academy program helps to foster mutual trust

and cooperation with law enforcement and the communities served.

Attendees met Sheriff Bill Brown, toured the Main Jail, the Santa Barbara

County Emergency Communications Dispatch Center and the Air Support

Unit facility. They shot real and simulated firearms at the department’s

indoor range, and met "the real people behind the badge." A graduation

barbecue was held for the students and their families.

Criminal Investigations Division

In early 2009, the Special Operations Division was merged with the Criminal

Investigations Division as a cost savings measure. This merger allowed

the un-funding of a Commander position and an Administrative

Office Professional position. The new Criminal Investigations Division was

formed with three branches: Criminal Investigations Branch, Investigations

Support Bureau, and Special Investigations Bureau.

Criminal Investigations Branch

The Criminal Investigations Branch is comprised of all the criminal investigators

county-wide. Besides the Headquarters’ Detective Bureau, it includes

the Carpinteria Detective Bureau and the North County Detective

Bureau. In addition, a High Technology Crimes Unit works out of the

Headquarters’ Detective Bureau. In total, 26 detectives and sergeants

work to investigate crimes such as homicide, robbery, sex crimes, theft,

and vandalism. The Criminal Investigations Branch is also responsible

for follow-up investigations on missing persons, runaway juveniles, suspicious

deaths, and cross reports from Adult Protective Services and Child

Welfare Services.

High-Tech Crimes Unit

In 2000, the Sheriff’s Office established the first fulltime High-Tech

Crimes Unit in the county. This unit is now a leader in high technology

crime investigations in California. With the growing number of criminal

acts related to computers, the unit is often called upon to assist in investigations

ranging from theft to murder. Through extensive training and

departmental commitment, the unit has a state of the art lab to provide

both forensic computer and cellular phone examinations for the department

and outside law enforcement agencies. The unit’s detectives have

reached a level of expertise where they are called upon to provide training

to other law enforcement personnel throughout the entire State.


Sexual Assault Felony Enforcement Team

The Sheriff's Office Sexual Assault Felony Enforcement (SAFE) Team’s

purpose is to reduce recidivism of registered sex offenders through a

combination of community education, frequent law enforcement contact,

and registration compliance monitoring. The SAFE Team makes inperson

contact with each registrant and verifies that the information provided

by the registrant is accurate. The SAFE Team staffs information

booths at public events and also provides undercover officers who patrol

events searching for predatory sexual offenders. Additionally, the SAFE

Team searches for non-compliant registered sex offenders and assists

them in regaining compliance per the registration requirements of California

Penal Code 290. Continued non-compliance results in the issuance

of an arrest warrant. The SAFE Team is funded by a state grant.

Forensics Bureau

The Forensics Bureau is comprised of one sergeant, two sworn detectives,

four civilian Forensics Technicians, and three Administrative Office

Professionals. This highly technical and specialized unit uses the latest in

technology and forensic techniques to support the entire department in

one of its primary duties, identifying those who perpetrate crimes. Additionally,

this unit has been called upon to complete many of the special

projects for the department. Some of the special projects that the Forensics

Bureau has worked on this past year included photographing department

employees, exhibit preparations for press conferences, and photodocumenting

the activities of the department.

Investigations Support Bureau

Coroner’s Bureau

The Coroner’s Bureau is staffed with a sergeant, four sworn investigators,

a Forensic Pathologist, and an Administrative Office Professional. The

Bureau has offices in Santa Barbara and Santa Maria. In 2009, the year

was especially busy for the Coroner’s Bureau with almost a 20% increase

in the number of investigated cases. They investigated a tragic accident

when six young people were killed in a single vehicle accident on the US

101 near Los Alamos. The accident investigation grew very complicated

very quickly when it was discovered that the majority of victims in this

accident were foreign nationals.

A new storage unit was added to the Santa Maria facility. This multi-year

project required both hard work and collaboration for the Coroner’s Bureau

and Financial Services Bureau to find funding in a very difficult fiscal

environment. The addition of this new storage unit will allow the Coroner’s

Bureau to better handle a major catastrophe or mass casualty incident.



Property and Evidence Bureau

The Property and Evidence Bureau is responsible for the safe and secure

storage of all evidence and property booked into the Sheriff’s Office. It is

comprised of a sergeant, two Property and Evidence Officers, and two

Administrative Office Professionals. This bureau is also responsible for

tracking the movement of evidence and property, the secure destruction

of contraband, and the return of property to its rightful owner. In 2009,

the Property and Evidence Bureau assisted with the destruction of several

hundred pounds of unwanted and outdated medications as part of

the newly instituted Operation Medicine Cabinet — a program that allows

for the proper destruction of old medicines in an attempt to keep these

dangerous medicines out of the hands of our children and our ecosystem.

Special Investigations Bureau

The Special Operations Division was downsized and units were combined

to form the Special Investigations Bureau (SIB), which excelled with some

astonishing achievements.

SIB, in collaboration with other agencies, initiated two major cases. One

case was a joint Santa Barbara Sheriff’s Office and Santa Barbara Police

Department investigation directed at heroin, cocaine and methamphetamine

traffickers in the south coast, and concluded with multiple search

warrants being served in Goleta and the City of Santa Barbara resulting

in 26 arrests, the seizure of a kilo of cocaine, a ¼ pound of heroin, 4.5

pounds of methamphetamine, 17 firearms, and $40,000 in cash. The

importance of this case was the direct impact of arresting local dealers

within our community, thus improving the quality of life for our local residents.

The second major case involved a Fresno missing person case. The

missing person is believed to have died suspiciously while participating in

marijuana cultivation in the foothills above Santa Barbara. Investigators

were able to piece together a Mexican Drug Trafficking Organization from

the ground up and after months of surveillance, the bureau served multiple

search warrants in Fresno, Los Angeles, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara,

and Tulare counties. The search warrants resulted in 17 arrests,

over 5,000 marijuana plants eradicated, 327 pounds of processed marijuana

recovered, and the seizure of $39,000 in cash and 11 firearms.

Some astonishing statistics, based on the work of the men and women of

the Sheriff’s Special Investigations Bureau, include a 464% increase in

the number of weapons seized, a 457% increase in the amount of heroin

seized, a 290% increase in the amount of crystal methamphetamine

seized, a 307% percent increase in cocaine seized, and a 136% increase

in marijuana plants eradicated for a county record of 248,031 — just shy

of a quarter million — plants destroyed. In total, the Special Investigations

Bureau seized an estimated street value of $612 million in illegal

drugs, a 133% increase over 2008 seizures.


While maintaining high arrest and complaint filing standards, SIB is also

responsible for providing dignitary security to a number of high profile

visitors to the Santa Barbara area, to include Prime Minister Tony Blair,

the Dalai Lama, and Congressman Boehner. SIB provides a protective

intelligence mission dealing with threats to the dignitary as well as providing

local knowledge of the area. The bureau personnel are members of

the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force investigating matters of international

and domestic terrorism. Investigators have also implemented and run a

county-wide Terrorism Liaison Officer program.

Code in addition to narcotics violations under the State Penal Code.

The Sheriff’s Narcotics Units discovered 22 illegal marijuana grows, an

increase of more than 37% from the 16 marijuana grows discovered the

year before. The larger number of grows resulted in the eradication of

more than 238,335 marijuana plants.

Organized Crime / Homeland Security Unit

The Organized Crime / Homeland Security Unit is responsible for investigating,

documenting and assisting in the prosecution of all vice and organized

crime related activity occurring within our jurisdiction. As Intelligence

Officers, detectives are responsible for collecting, evaluating and

disseminating information concerning terrorism and local actions which

may impact the County of Santa Barbara. Information gathered assists

department staff in making judgments necessary to counter crime in

Santa Barbara County. The unit is also responsible for maintaining liaisons

with other law enforcement organizations, community leaders, and

Sheriff’s Office staff. Detectives also work directly with protection teams

for dignitaries who visit the Santa Barbara area.

Special Units

Air Support Unit

The Air Support Unit (ASU) operated four aircraft during the year, which

were the Cessna 206 “Air 50”, two OH-58’s “Copter 1 & 2”, and the HH-

1N (Huey Twin Engine) “Copter 4”.

Narcotics Units

The North and South County Narcotics Units are responsible for investigating

individuals and groups involved in the manufacturing, trafficking,

and distribution of narcotics in violation of the State Health and Safety

The ASU answered 302 calls for service, 23 call-outs, 23 search and rescue

calls, and had nearly 400 flight hours. Bureau personnel worked two

major fires, the Jesusita Fire and the La Brea Fire. The unit was able to

complete all necessary training to meet unit mandated and FAA regulations

for both the Pilots and Crew Chiefs. The Aviation Bureau maintains

a fluid training curriculum throughout the year to accommodate shifting

schedules with the Dive Team, Search and Rescue, SET, and other specialty




A significant milestone for the department was the acquisition of “Copter

4” from the Law Enforcement Service Office (LESO). Sheriff’s personnel

were advised of a twin engine, HH-1N Huey helicopter that was potentially

going to be made available through the military. Several phone

calls to the LESO coordinators confirmed availability and the Santa Barbara

Sheriff’s Office was the first law enforcement agency in the country

to be approved to receive this coveted military surplus helicopter. The

department received the helicopter in mid-August, and by November had

the first pilot trained. It is anticipated that “Copter 4” will be utilized for

search and rescue missions, rescues over bodies of water, SET missions,

narcotics investigations, counter-terrorism incidents, as well as fire suppression

efforts in the future.

for individuals including Prime Minister Tony Blair, the Dalai Lama, and

Congressman Boehner.

The Bomb Squad responded to 28 calls for service, including nine calls

involving various pieces of military ordnance, 12 suspicious packages,

two calls from the Santa Barbara Police Department’s SET team to assist

with high-risk calls for service, one bomb threat, and three actual explosive


Additionally, the bomb squad conducted seven public speaking/safety

demonstrations/displays for various agencies and organizations throughout

the year.

Bomb Squad

The Sheriff’s Office Bomb Squad maintained its staffing of seven trained,

FBI certified Bomb Technicians. Five technicians are employed by the

Santa Barbara Sheriff’s Office and two technicians are employed by the

Santa Barbara Police Department. The Bomb Squad maintained its training

requirements by holding bi-monthly training, to include training regularly

with all utilized equipment. The squad also participated in two separate

trainings with the Civil Support Team, a US Army based Hazardous

Materials team, with expertise in radiological and chemical detection.

The bomb squad also assisted the FBI with training at Vandenberg AFB

with a Post Blast Investigation course that has received worldwide recognition.

The Bomb Squad provided dignitary protection sweeps during the year,

Special Enforcement Team

The mission of the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office Special Enforcement

Team (SET) is to protect and preserve life in incidents of a critical or

high-risk nature.

The presence of a highly skilled and trained law enforcement tactical unit

has been shown to substantially reduce the risk of injury or loss of life to


citizens, law enforcement officers, and suspects. A well-coordinated

“team” response to such critical incidents is more likely to result in a successful

and peaceful resolution. It is the intent of SET to provide a highly

trained and skilled tactical team as a resource for the handling of highrisk

incidents such as armed individuals, barricaded subjects, dignitary

protection, high-risk apprehension, high-risk prisoner transport, high-risk

warrant service, and sniper situations.

Special Assignments

Hostage Negotiations Team

The Hostage Negotiations Team (HNT) is used for barricaded subjects as

well as for hostage situations. The goal of the HNT is to negotiate the

situation to a peaceful resolution. HNT has nine deputy members. The

team trains one day every other month. Twice a year, on additional training

days, HNT trains with SET or other Special Unit teams.

In 2009, the Hostage Negotiation Team had four call-outs; three in North

County and one in South County. The four incidents each involved a subject

inside a residence refusing to come out. One subject exited the residence

after being directed to by HNT via bullhorn and three were forcibly

removed by SET.

Santa Barbara County Search and Rescue Team

The Santa Barbara County Search and Rescue Team (SBCSAR) is an all

volunteer branch of the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office. SBCSAR

covers all 2,737 square miles of Santa Barbara County and is responsible

for the search and rescue of lost and injured persons in the backcountry.

The team is trained to use specialized equipment to handle a

variety of emergencies such as car over the side accidents, downed aircraft,

high-angle rock rescues, searches for lost hikers, swiftwater rescues,

and other incidents. As a member of the Mountain Rescue Association,

the team also responds to support search and rescue efforts

throughout California and the United States. The team averages 80-100

calls per year.




The Sheriff's Office learned how effective Facebook was in attracting mass

numbers of people to an event and the possible negative effects to public

safety. On April 4, 2009, UCSB students celebrated an unsanctioned event

known as Floatopia. Floatopia is an event that started about five years ago

with a few UCSB students taking rafts onto the water the first Saturday after

the students returned from Spring Break. Over the years, the group grew

from a few dozen to about 1,000 students in 2008, with no problems. With

the increased use of Facebook, an event page was established advertising

Floatopia. As the day grew closer, over 9,000 people confirmed they were

attending, and the Sheriff's Office prepared for additional staffing. What

started as several dozen people enjoying the beach in years prior, turned

into over 12,000 college aged people abusing alcohol and causing both a

public safety emergency and environmental calamity.

At days end, 13 people were arrested, 78 citations were issued, over 33

people were treated at the hospital for alcohol poisoning and various injuries,

two people fell off the cliff, and County Fire rescue swimmers assisted

over 30 intoxicated swimmers back into rafts. Floatopia participants also

left huge amounts of debris on the beach that took weeks to clean-up.

Due to the student only perceived success of Floatopia, students posted

another event page named Floatopia II for the following month. This event

page quickly swelled to over 25,000 people RSVPing for the event. As a

result of the public safety hazard allowing another Floatopia, the Sheriff's

Office, County Parks, County Counsel, and the County Executive Office wrote

an alcohol ordinance restricting the use of alcohol on the Isla Vista beaches

unless a permit was issued. The Board of Supervisors quickly approved an

urgency ordinance allowing the immediate enforcement of the alcohol restriction,

and thus preventing another unsponsored alcohol event.

The same week of Floatopia II, the Jesusita Fire started forcing the evacuation

of thousands of residents and the use of UCSB as an emergency shelter.

Due to the ordinance, the negative feelings of the environmental destruction

of the beach, and out of probable respect of the fire evacuees,

Floatopia II did not occur. In November the Board of Supervisors approved

a permanent ordinance restricting alcohol on Isla Vista beaches.



DNA Leads to Arrest in 10 Year Old Case

On August 11, 2009, Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Detectives arrested

a man for kidnapping and attempting to rape a woman in a crime that

occurred 10 years earlier.

On July 9, 1999 a female victim was driven to a

remote location where the suspect sexually

forced himself upon her. DNA evidence was

found on the victim's clothing. The DNA was entered

into the Combined DNA Index System (CODIS)

and no match was found at that time. However, in June

2009, a CODIS match on the DNA was found. The identified suspect was

located living close to the area of the attack and was arrested by Sheriff's

Detectives. The suspect was booked into county jail for violating California

Penal Code Section 220(a), attempt to commit rape and California

Penal Code Section 209(b)(1), kidnapping with intent to commit rape

with a bail amount of $100,000.

1st Electronic Ticket Writer Arrives in County

Search & Rescue Performs Rescue During Training

Members of the Santa Barbara County Search and Rescue (SBCSAR) successfully

completed a 30-hour Swiftwater Rescue Technician course on

the Kern River in August. Team members learned various water rescue

techniques on how to rescue injured and/or trapped individuals in moving

water as well as how to recognize and treat water related injuries. The

training proved to be timely as team members were requested to rescue

and treat a swimmer in the Kern River just a few hundred yards down

river from where they were training. A fisherman was swept down the

current and trapped in a recirculating hydraulic rapid. SBCSAR members

reached the subject just after he was pulled out of the water by another

fisherman. SBCSAR Wilderness EMT’s began a medical assessment and

treatment of the subject who suffered head, chest, abdomen and leg injuries.

Meantime, other team members brought in oxygen, backboard,

stretcher and other medical gear over the rough terrain. Given the location

and distance from the nearest road or trail, SBCSAR coordinated

with the Kern County Sheriff’s Aviation Department in hoisting the injured

man out of the canyon.

The Sheriff’s Office was able to purchase an electronic ticket writer for a

City of Buellton Motor Officer through a California Law Enforcement

Equipment Program (CLEEP) Grant. CLEEP Grants make high technology

and equipment available to local law enforcement that is not typically

available through the normal local agency budget process.

The handheld device and Bluetooth printer store all city ordinances, vehicle

codes, court addresses, and court dates

which reduces errors. It has the capability to program

Court furloughs and holiday dates as well.

All citations are legible to court staff, records personnel,

and violators. Treated paper will not

smudge or fade in heat.




Total Arrests – 9,469

Males – 7,576

Females – 1,893

Adult Felony Arrests – 988

Males - 792

Females - 196

Adult Misdemeanor Arrests – 7,097

Males – 5,751

Females – 1,346

Juvenile Felony Arrests - 150

Males - 129

Females - 21

Juvenile Misdemeanor Arrests - 1,039

Males - 760

Females - 279

Juvenile Status Offense Arrests - 195

Males - 144

Females - 51

Calls for Service/Reports Written

Calls for Service – 115,543

Reports Written – 22,150

Coroner’s Bureau

Total Deaths in County – 2,891

Coroner’s Cases – 1,533

Accidental Deaths - 107

Homicide Deaths - 13

Natural Deaths - 1,298

Pending Further Investigation - 1

Returned to Other Jurisdiction - 0

SIDS Deaths - 1

Suicide Deaths - 61

Traffic Deaths - 40

Undetermined Deaths - 12

Law Enforcement Operations Statistics


Days of Coverage - 1

Arrests - 13

Citations – 78

Medical Transports – 33

Attendees – 12,000

Isla Vista Halloween Weekend

Nights of Coverage - 2

Arrests - 311

Citations – 701

Medical Transports – 50+

Attendees – 25,000+

Sworn Law Enforcement Personnel – 250+

Non-Sworn Support Staff – 100+

Cost to Sheriff’s Office - $500,000+

Sex Offender Registrants

Total Number of Registrants in County - 634

Number of Registrants in Sheriff’s

Jurisdictions - 198

Percent of Total County Registrants under

Sheriff’s Jurisdiction - 31%

Sheriff’s Registrants in Violation

- 10 registrants / 5%

SIB Narcotic Activity

Arrests - 158

Cash Seized - $124,064

Complaints Filed - 172

Drug Seizures Estimated Street

Value - $612,275,105

Guns Seized - 45

Search Warrants - 71

Vehicles Seized - 72

Rural Crime Prevention Program

Number of Agricultural Crimes

Investigated - 115

Number of Suspects Arrested/Cited - 63

Total Loss Property Value - $296,941

Total Recovered Property Value - $207,043

Air Support Unit

Santa Barbara County Law Missions

Sheriff’s Jurisdiction Patrol Hours - 58

Sheriff’s Jurisdiction Assist Hours - 183

Other Law Enforcement Agency

Assist Hours - 24

Calls for Service - 302

Arrest Assists - 17

Search & Rescue Rescues - 17

Missing Person Assists - 6

Vehicle Pursuits - 0

Stolen Vehicles Recovered - 2

Marijuana Plants Located - 200,136

1st on Scene - 49 times

Santa Barbara County Fire Missions - 11

County Jurisdiction Fires Flight Hours - 20

County Fires Fought - 0

Other Agency Fire Flight Hours - 8

Other Fire Agency Assists - 4

Total Water Drops – 0

Bomb Squad

Military Ordnances - 9

Other Agency Assist - 2

Suspicious Packages -12



Custody Operations

Custody Operations is led by a Chief Deputy and is responsible for providing

facilities for the detention of pre-sentenced and sentenced male and

female inmates as mandated by law. Services include booking, housing,

medical, mental health, security, and transportation. Inmate education,

vocational counseling, and community work programs are provided to

reduce recidivism and facilitate return to the community. Three Commanders

oversee the divisions of Custody Operations: Jail Operations,

Custody Support, and Planning and Programs.

Jail Operations Division

Jail Operations includes Booking, Classification, Housing, Community Relations,

Property, Special Operations Response Team, and Training. The

Jail Operations Division is responsible for Main Jail Operations, the Medium

Security Facility (MSF), and the Santa Maria Branch Jail. These facilities

are secure correctional facilities holding pre-trial detainees as well

as male and female sentenced inmates. The Average Daily Population

(ADP) in these facilities is 972 inmates. The inmate population is comprised

of predominately pre-adjudicated felons. Approximately 10% of

the inmates at the Main Jail are held on charges of murder or attempted


Santa Barbara County Main Jail

The Santa Barbara County Main Jail is a secure correctional facility. This

facility receives bookings directly from Sheriff’s Patrol and other local law

enforcement agencies, as well as Santa Barbara County Probation, California

Highway Patrol, and the California Department of Corrections and

Rehabilitation. In 2009, there were 12,904 inmates booked into the

Main Jail. The ADP for the Main Jail was 679 inmates. The Sheriff’s Office

is under a court ordered consent decree to reduce overcrowding. In

an effort to avoid court sanctions, measures were taken to reduce jail

population counts. These measures include early release of sentenced

inmates. This year, 1,891 inmates were released early resulting in

35,086 total sentenced days not served.

Classification Unit

The Classification Unit makes all inmate housing assignments and rehousing

decisions. The unit, supervised by a Custody Sergeant, is located

in the Main Jail. Providing coverage twenty-four hours a day, seven

days a week, this unit also collects and analyzes intelligence regarding

assaults, gang activity, narcotics smuggling, and weapons in the jail. Additionally,

all inmate grievances and discipline are tracked and logged by

the unit.

Medium Security Facility

The Medium Security Facility (MSF) was originally constructed in 1961 as

a minimum security facility designed to hold sentenced low-risk offenders.

Custody Operations utilizes the MSF to reduce overcrowding in the

Santa Barbara Main Jail. Overcrowding conditions at the Main Jail have

resulted in the necessity of housing both sentenced and pre-trial medium

risk offenders at the MSF. The ADP at the MSF was 265 inmates. Sentenced

inmates may participate in various work assignments both inside

and outside of the facilities. Pre-trial inmates may request to participate

on inside work assignments. Work completed by these inmates saves

the County over a million dollars every year in labor costs. All MSF inmates

are encouraged to participate in available educational and treatment



Santa Maria Branch Jail

The Santa Maria Branch Jail is a Type-2 facility capable of housing inmates

for up to one year. The facility has a rated capacity for 28 inmates

and maintains an average daily population of 26. The Santa Maria

Branch Jail accounts for 31% of total county bookings. Detainees from

the Santa Maria Branch Jail are routinely transported to and housed in

the Main Jail.

Custody Support Division

The Custody Support Division includes Alternative Sentencing, Custody

Records, Food Services, Medical and Mental Health Services, Overcrowding

Management, Statistics, and Transportation.

Alternative Sentencing

Sheriff’s Custody Operations uses the Alternative Sentencing Programs to

reduce overcrowding in the Santa Barbara Main Jail. Alternative Sentencing,

with offices in Santa Barbara and Santa Maria, provides alternative

methods of serving court-ordered sentences in either an Electronic

Monitoring Program or the Sheriff’s Work Alternative Program (SWAP) to

qualified male and female inmates.

Medical Health

Custody Operations contracts with Prison Health Services, Inc. (PHS), an

outside health care services provider, for inmate medical services. Medical

services include 24-hour medical care, counseling/screening for suspected

HIV/AIDS, dental services, discharge planning, and other health

care necessities for inmates.

Mental Health

In July 2009, the contracts with PHS was expanded to include inmate

mental health services. Onsite service providers include two full-time

Master's-level Mental Health Therapists and one full-time Psychiatric RN.

A licensed Psychiatrist is on duty 20 hours per week. Medical staff are

also trained in handling mental health emergencies in order to provide

24-hour coverage. It is our goal to provide quality medical and mental

health care to those incarcerated in our facilities.


The Transportation Unit, staffed by custody deputies, is responsible for

the safe transport, custody and security of inmates in transit throughout

the state. In 2009, the Transportation Unit drove 265,394 miles and

transported 53,803 inmates.

Planning and Programs Division

The Planning and Programs Division is headed by a Commander to oversee

the property acquisition and construction for a new county jail to be

located in the north county. This division also oversees Inmate Rehabilitation

Programs and Jail Facility Maintenance. The Planning and Programs

Division includes Inmate Services, Jail Laundry, Maintenance, New

County Jail Project, Print Shop, Projects and Planning, Secure Community

Re-entry Facility, Sheriff’s Treatment Program, and the State Day Reporting


The Planning and Programs Division oversees the Inmate Welfare Special

Revenue Fund. This fund accrues a profit by providing services to inmates,

such as Commissary and the Inmate Telephone System. All funding

is primarily used for the benefit, education and welfare of inmates

confined within the county jail system.

New County Jail Project

The Santa Barbara County Jail-Northern Branch is planned to be built on

a 50 acre parcel of land at the southwest corner of Black and Betteravia

Roads near the City of Santa Maria. It will be funded primarily through an

AB 900 grant from the State of California.

This 304-bed direct supervision jail facility will house male and female

inmates in medium and maximum security cells. The design of the facility

will allow for future expansion if needed, at a minimum of additional

cost. When complete, it will address the need documented by over 20

Grand Jury reports recommending this facility, and mitigate almost 30



years of jail overcrowding and a lawsuit originally filed in the 1980’s.

In conjunction with the AB 900 grant award, the tri-county partnered Central Coast Reentry Facility

in Paso Robles is going through the required Environmental Review and is expected to break

ground in 2010.

Inmate Services

Inmate Services manages inmate programs to include drug and alcohol counseling, educational

and vocational programs, and religious services. All programs provided by Inmate Services are financed

through revenue generated by our Commissary Store and Inmate Telephones. No County

tax dollars are used.

Educational and Vocational Programs

The Sheriff’s Office collaborates with Santa Barbara City College for instructional programs. The

Multi-Media Learning Center allows for an interactive personalized learning experience. Educational

classes offered include Adult Basic Education, Adult High School Instruction, Basic Computer

Skills, English as a Second Language (ESL), General Education Diploma training (GED), Life Management

Skills, and vocational programs in the areas of culinary arts, maintenance and welding,

print shop, and recycle a bicycle.

Santa Barbara City College also offers a special STEP/Jail Program Advisor who counsels inmates

on the availability of post-release educational and vocational opportunities. The Santa Barbara

County Jail is one of only two jail facilities in the state of California designated as an official GED

testing site.

Sheriff’s Treatment Program

The Sheriff’s Treatment Program (STP) is an in-house drug and alcohol treatment program partially

funded by a grant administered through the County Alcohol, Drug and Mental Health Services Department.

The Program provides 12-Step Education, Anger Management, Process Groups, Relapse

Prevention Groups, Release Planning Groups along with individual counseling and placement of

clients into community aftercare treatment programs.

Community Outreach Program

Jail Operations Division

Main Jail Operations

Classification Unit


Custody Training Officer



Special Operation Response Team (SORT)

Medium Security Facility

Santa Maria Branch Jail

Custody Support Division

Alternative Sentencing

Electronic Monitoring

Sheriff’s Work Alternative Program (SWAP)

Custody Records

Food Services

Medical and Mental Health

Overcrowding Management



Planning & Programs Division

Inmate Services

Community Outreach

Educational Program

Vocational Programs

Jail Laundry


New County Jail Project

Print Shop

Projects & Planning

Secure Community Re-entry Facility

Sheriff’s Treatment Program (STP)

The Community Outreach Program serves the Sheriff’s Office, the inmates, and the community at large in various ways. Religious services for all major

faiths are offered to all inmates, with attendance being voluntary. Sixty volunteer chaplains conduct approximately 1,200 services per year in the

County Jail. The chaplains also help inmates once released, to find housing, assist with family and financial matters. With the network of churches

and faith-based organizations participating in this program, inmates to offered a variety of Reentry programs.



United Through Reading Program

The United Through Reading Program was developed in 2009 as a

means to allow in-custody parents a chance to stay connected with their

children. The parent is recorded on DVD reading a book to their child.

The DVD and book are then supplied to the child and caregiver.

Recycle a Bicycle

Sexually Violent Predator/Handicap Cell

A storage area in the jail was converted for use as a Sexually Violent

Predator cell when these inmates are returned to Santa Barbara County

for ongoing court actions. This cell can also be used for handicapped or

other special needs inmates, adding four permanent beds to the facility.

All-Purpose Room Redesign to Housing

The Recycle a Bicycle program was expanded in 2009.

Bicycles that were abandoned or recovered as stolen

and not claimed by the owner are refurbished using

inmate labor and then given to local charities. The

Good Samaritan Shelter in Lompoc and the Unity

Shoppe in Santa Barbara received more than 20 refurbished


EMS Save Award

The Main Jail All-Purpose Room is undergoing reconfiguration into a

housing unit. This project began with the construction of a new Sheriff’s

Operations Response Team (SORT) building for the displaced SORT team.

The reconfiguration of the All-Purpose Room to housing will free up space

for an additional 54-beds in the Main Jail, helping to reduce overcrowding.

At approximately 10:00pm on October 23, 2009 Custody Deputy Steve Stanbrough found an inmate hanging

from the bars in a holding cell. The inmate had used a shirt to create a noose which he hung from the bars

about six and a half feet above the floor.

Custody Deputy Stanbrough and Custody Deputy Douglas Todaro were able to hold the inmate up while Custody

Deputies Eric Alexander and Stephen Dwyer removed the ligature from the inmate’s neck.

CD Alexander

CD Dwyer

After determining the inmate had no pulse, Stanbrough and Todaro immediately began CPR. After about ten

chest compressions color began to return to the inmate’s face. About a minute later, jail medical staff arrived

and began administering first aid while Stanbrough continued the chest compressions, after about the fifth

compression, the inmate coughed loudly and began breathing on his own. The inmate was transported to the

hospital where he was treated before being taken back to a custody facility.

Quick action by the Custody Deputies and their skills exhibited during the incident allowed the inmate to survive

the suicide attempt. For their actions, the Santa Barbara County EMS Agency and the Sheriff’s Office

awarded all four Custody Deputies with the EMS Save Award.

CD Stanbrough


CD Todaro


Average Daily Population - 1,214 Inmates

Males - 1,037

Females - 177

Total Facilities Rated Beds - 655







County Jail Bookings - 18,750 Bookings

Santa Barbara - 12,904

Males - 10,570

Females - 2,334

Santa Maria – 5,846

Males - 4,833

Females - 1,013









Average Daily Custody Population

2005 - 2009

1,242 1,266 1,259 1,239 1,214

2005 2006 2007 2008 2009

Custody Operations Jail Bookings

2005 - 2009


18,406 18,074 18,252 18,005 18,750

2005 2006 2007 2008 2009

Prison Health Services, Inc.

Doctor Sick Calls - 3,559

Nurse Sick Calls - 2,351

Dental Sick Calls - 722

14-Day Evaluations - 4,843

Mental Health Contacts - 5,822

Electronic Monitoring

Males – 617 Total Participants

Females – 241 Total Participants

Total Days – 41,392 Inmate Days

Still in Program – 85 Participants

Successful Completions - 724 Participants /


Failed to Complete - 49 Participants / 6%

Applicants Processed - 633

Applicants Approved - 612 / 97%

Applicants Denied - 21 / 3%

Sheriff’s Work Alternative Program (SWAP)

Males - 861

Females – 171

Total Days - 36,345 Inmate Days

Successful Completions - 867 / 93%

Failed to Complete - 66 / 7%

Applicants Processed – 1,163

Applicants Approved – 1,142 / 98%

Applicants Denied - 21 / 2%

Overcrowding Early Release from Custody

Total Inmates Released Early - 1,891

Males - 1,768 Inmates Released Early

Females - 123 Inmates Released Early

Total Days Released Early - 35,086 Days

Males - 31,700 Inmate Days

Females - 3,386 Inmate Days

Average Number of Days Released Early

Males - 17.93 Days

Females - 27.53 Days

Custody Operations Statistics

Food Services

Meals Prepared - 1,137,919

Average Cost of Meal - $1.13


Regular Transports - 50,390 Inmates

Males - 45,982

Females - 4,408

Hospital Transports - 31 Inmates

Males - 21

Females - 10

Medical Transports - 664 Inmates

Male - 307

Female - 357

Psychiatric Health Facility (PHF) Transports

- 44 Inmates

Males - 36

Females - 8

Proposition 21 Transports - 470 Inmates

Males - 444

Females - 26

Juvenile Court Transports - 822 Inmates

Males - 582

Females - 240

Out of County (Non-Prison) Transports

- 261 Inmates

Males - 220

Females - 41

Prison Transports – 1,081 Inmates

Males - 950

Females - 131

Total Miles Driven – 265,394

In-County Miles – 215,516

Out-of-County Miles – 49,878

Outside Vendor/Contract Transports

- 40 Inmates

Males - 37

Females - 3



Support Services

Support Services provides the vital resources necessary to the Sheriff’s

Office for fulfillment of its public safety mission. Support Services is a

diverse operational group including the Business Office, Civil Bureau,

Community Services, Court Services, Criminal Records, Felony Fugitive

Detail, Human Resources, Public Safety Dispatch, Systems and Technology,

and the Training Bureau.

Financial Services Division

The Financial Services Division, under the direction of the Chief Financial

Officer, provides oversight in the areas of finance, supplies, facilities and

information technology. The Financial Services Division oversees the

department’s annual budget.

Business Office

The Business Office is responsible for the financial affairs of the department.

The services of the Business and Finance Unit include all

accounts receivable and payable processing for the department, contract

processing, and internal audits. This unit also produces analysis,

Federal/State reports, fee qualifications and research. Budgetary preparations,

monitoring and adjustments also fall under the responsibilities

of the unit.

Special Services

The role of Special Services is to provide a centralized supply warehouse

for the department. This includes ordinary office supplies to special

emergency equipment and departmental vehicles. Additional services

found within this unit are janitorial services, mail procurement, processing,

shipping, and receiving.

Systems and Technology Bureau

The Systems and Technology Bureau, under the direction of a civilian

manager, provides technical support and systems implementation for

technology throughout the department. This bureau keeps the agency

current with the latest in technology to aid in the job of keeping the community


Administrative Services Division

The Administrative Services Division, under the direction of a Commander,

provides regional emergency communications services through

the County Public Safety Dispatch Center, civil processes, criminal records

functions, and felony fugitive services. The Commander is the department’s

liaison for all civil litigation matters and is in charge of the

Administrative Investigations Team.

Information Services Bureau

The Information Services Bureau is supervised by a Lieutenant. The bureau

is made up of three operational sections: Civil Bureau, Criminal

Records, and the Felony Fugitive Detail. The Criminal Records section

maintains a seven day a week, twelve hours a day, staffing level. Civil

Bureau and the Felony Fugitive Detail are staffed Monday through Friday.


Civil Bureau

The Civil Bureau consists of

three offices which are located

at the Santa Barbara,

Santa Maria, and Lompoc

Courthouse complexes. The

staff is comprised of both

support and sworn personnel

and is separated into Field

Services and Support Services.

Field services are handled

and overseen by a Sergeant

and three deputies who

are responsible for the actual

service and enforcement of

orders. The support staff is

overseen by a Legal Office

Professional with a staff of

seven who are responsible for

legal paperwork and monetary


seized items include anything from bank accounts, boats, growing crops,

homes, horses, livestock, motor vehicles, planes, property, and stock

certificates. Orders were also received to seize property located on

someone’s person such as jewelry and cash.

Since the Civil Bureau is an impartial, disinterested third party, tangible

items are generally seized and held for a given period of time. This allows

for parties to file an appeal with the courts. Once a release is received

from the courts, the property or funds are released to the prevailing


The Civil Bureau serves over 8,000 processes annually. Unfortunately,

the business of the Civil Bureau increases during poor economic times.

This is especially true in the area of evictions. The Civil Bureau conducts

transactions in excess of $3.5 million annually on civil process cases.

The Civil Process section archives

records using the latest Laserfiche product to scan paper reports

and files, saving them in digital format for prompt retrieval.

The Civil Bureau is the only area within the Sheriff’s Office that is an

agent for private litigants. Because the cases are civil in nature, the bureau

cannot utilize criminal investigative tactics such as stakeouts or

computer inquiries (DMV, arrest records, etc.) to serve a process.

By statute, the Civil Bureau provides many services to the public, which

includes serving legal documents and enforcing court orders. Throughout

the years thousands of tangible items of property have been seized. The



Criminal Records

Criminal Records maintains crime reports and other court related documents. Duties include maintaining

civil, criminal, and traffic warrants. As the central repository for crime reports, it becomes

the hub of the automated Records Management System that is utilized throughout the organization.

They are also responsible for processing all mandated statistical reports to the State of California

Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Criminal Records is currently upgrading their records management system to the latest geographical

interfaced records system for full department access. This upgraded records management system

will allow deputies in the field to access their mobile data computers in their vehicles to write

reports and transmit the data directly to Criminal Records.

Criminal Records archives records using the latest Laserfiche product to scan paper reports and

files, saving them in digital format for prompt retrieval.

Financial Services Division

Business Office

Special Services

Systems & Technology

Administrative Services Division

Administrative Investigation Team (AIT)

Civil Bureau

Criminal Records

Information Services Bureau

Felony Fugitive Detail

Public Safety Dispatch

Community & Department

Resources Division

Community Services Bureau

Court Services Bureau

Human Resources Bureau

Training Bureau

Felony Fugitive Detail

The Felony Fugitive Detail specializes in apprehension of fugitives, who have fled prosecution from Santa Barbara County. Approximately 100 fugitives

are returned to justice each year due to the efforts of this section.

Public Safety Dispatch

The Public Safety Dispatch Center fulfills the communications needs of law enforcement,

fire, and ambulance services for twelve local government agencies. The center is also

Santa Barbara County’s largest public safety answering point for 9-1-1 calls. About 1,100

calls for service come into the dispatch center every day. Under the direction of a civilian

Communications Manager, the Center functions with state of the art technology, operated

by highly skilled personnel.

Some of the technology in use at the Center include Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD),

Emergency Medical Dispatching (EMD), Emergency Notification System (Reverse 911),

and Mobile Data Computers (MDC). These systems are integrated into an “information

management scheme” which is designed to help emergency responders make sound,

informed decisions in a mission critical environment where literally every second counts.


Community & Department Resources Division

The Community & Department Resources Division, under the direction of

a Commander, serves as a support unit for all other divisions in the Sheriff’s

Office by providing Community Services, Court Services, Human Resources,

and Training.

Court Services Bureau

The Court Services Bureau is managed by a Lieutenant. This bureau is

responsible for court security for the twenty-four courtrooms in five locations

the county. Bailiffs assigned to the courts are charged with providing

security during cases involving civil matters, small claims, juvenile

offenses, family law matters, traffic court, as well as misdemeanor and

felony cases, up to and including capital murder cases.

Human Resources Bureau

The Human Resources Bureau, under the direction of a Lieutenant, handles

the recruitment and screening of all new employees. Additionally,

this bureau is responsible for processing payroll, maintaining over seven

hundred personnel records, managing department wide transfers, handling

employee grievances, and processing all employee involved vehicle

accidents and industrial injury reports.

Training Bureau

The Training Bureau, under the direction of a Lieutenant, provides current

and ongoing training to all personnel. They develop and coordinate

all Advanced Officer Training and maintain all training records, keeping

in compliance with State mandates. The unit also schedules attendance

for schools and seminars, composes and disseminates training bulletins

and legal updates, and administers the operation of the firearms range.

This bureau takes pride in what they do, because good training is reflected

in the quality of service that is provided to the public.



Community Services Bureau

The Community Services Bureau, under the direction of a Sergeant, oversees

the deputies providing D.A.R.E. instruction to schools throughout

Santa Barbara County, as well as the civilian crime prevention specialist

who provide crime prevention programs to numerous community, civic,

neighborhood, and parent groups. The Community Services Bureau also

coordinates Project Lifesaver, the Sheriff’s Volunteer Program and the

volunteer Aero Squadron. In 2009, over 300 presentations were made

by the Community Services Bureau to neighborhood, senior and community

groups, fire victims, businesses, schools and churches to educate

and update the public on concerns related to public safety and personal


Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Crime Prevention Specialist, Pamela Relyea,

was awarded “2009 Crime Prevention Practioner of the Year” for

the State of California, Southern Region, by the California Crime Prevention

Officer’s Association, (CCPOA.) Additionally, she was honored as the

CCPOA “Crime Prevention Practioner of the Year” for CCPOA Region 4,

including the counties of San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and Ventura.

Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.)

In 2009, the D.A.R.E. program was taught countywide at 30 schools with

2,048 students graduating. Two deputies teach D.A.R.E. to students fifth

grade and above. The program focuses on good decision making techniques

while avoiding substance abuse and violence.


EMD Save Awards

On Monday, March, 23, 2009 EMD dispatcher Julie Porrazzo answered a 9-1-1 transfer call and on the line was a very anxious

caller who was reporting that her father was “having a seizure”. Dispatcher Porrazzo initiated EMD protocols and after verifying the

address and call-back numbers began EMD caller interrogation. Using the scripted interrogation in the Emergency Medical

Dispatch system, she was able to determine that the caller’s father was apparently not breathing and turning blue. Dispatcher

Porrazzo initiated a dispatch of fire first responders and paramedics, and then began pre-arrival instructions. She directed the

caller to begin CPR. Approximately 5 minutes later, AMR paramedics arrived and took over care. The patient was still in cardiac arrest

and successfully defibrillated with a return of his pulse and he began to move, but remained unconscious. He was given medications

and emergently transported to Marian Medical Center where he received more advanced care including therapeutic hypothermia.

He later had stints placed to reopen his coronary vessels and was discharged, walking, a few days later from the hospital.

Julie Porrazzo

For her efforts in using her training in Emergency Medical Dispatch to save the life of a human being Ms. Porrazzo was awarded the EMD Save Award

by the Santa Barbara County Emergency Medical Services Agency and the Sheriff’s Office.

On Saturday June 27, 2009 Dispatch Supervisor Shannon Hoogenbosch answered a 9-1-1 call from a woman reporting that “her

husband was “down and clammy.” In the next few crucial minutes, Hoogenbosch used her Emergency Medical Dispatch training to

determine that the woman’s 54-year old husband was unconscious and not breathing. Hoogenbosch immediately dispatched

Santa Barbara County firefighters and paramedics with American Medical Response (AMR) before she

began giving pre-arrival medical instructions to the caller. Hoogenbosch’s ability to take control of the

situation and coach the caller through life-saving medical procedures bought valuable time until County

Fire and AMR arrived. Once at the home, the first responders determined that the husband was in full

cardiac arrest. They used a defibrillator to help restart the victim’s heart. For her efforts in using her

Sharon Hoogenbosch training in Emergency Medical Dispatch to save the life of a human being, Ms. Hoogenbosch was

awarded the EMD Save Award by the Santa Barbara County Emergency Medical Services Agency and the Sheriff’s Office.

On Monday, September 21, 2009 at approximately 11:31 hours a 9-1-1 call from Carpinteria received by the Santa Barbara County

Public Safety Dispatch Center. EMD dispatcher Ben Johnson answered the call and on the line was an extremely anxious caller who

was reporting that her neighbor was “down and not breathing”. Dispatcher Johnson initiated Emergency Medical Dispatch (EMD)

protocols and after verifying the address and call-back numbers began EMD caller interrogation. Using the scripted interrogation in

the EMD system, he was able to determine that the caller’s neighbor was a new mom and apparently not breathing and turning

blue. Dispatcher Johnson initiated a dispatch of fire first responders and paramedics, and then began pre-arrival instructions. He

directed the caller to begin CPR. Approximately 5 minutes later, AMR paramedics and Carpinteria-Summerland firefighters arrived

and took over care. The patient was still in respiratory arrest and the paramedics were able to begin ventilating her. The patient

Ben Johnson was transported to Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital where she fully recovered and was discharged. For his efforts in using his

training in Emergency Medical Dispatch to save the life of a human being Mr. Johnson was awarded the EMD Save Award by the Santa Barbara

County Emergency Medical Services Agency and the Sheriff’s Office.



















Support Services Statistics

Civil Bureau

Civil Papers Successfully Served - 7,596

Lompoc - 868

Santa Barbara - 3,714

Santa Maria - 3,014

Civil Papers Unsuccessfully Served - 1,086

Lompoc - 150

Santa Barbara - 599

Santa Maria – 337

Civil Papers Cancelled - 222

Lompoc - 48

Santa Barbara - 114

Santa Maria - 60

Community Services Bureau

Presentations made - 301


Schools participated - 30

Classes graduated - 71.5

Students graduated - 2,048

Meth Presentations

Schools participated - 1

Classes graduated - 4

Operation Medicine Cabinet

Unused/Expired Medications Collected - 1,295


Human Resources Bureau

New Hires - 21

Deputy Sheriff Trainees - 3

Lateral/POST Graduates - 2

Custody Deputies - 5

Dispatchers - 7

Support Staff - 4

Background Interviews - 75

Polygraphs - 117

Background Polygraphs - 79

Criminal Polygraphs - 26

Probation Dept. Polygraphs - 12

Training Bureau

Citizen Trainings - 4 Training Days

Custody Academy (Three Month Program) - 1

Custody Quarterly Training - 28 Training Days

Deputy Quarterly Training and Dept Training

Classes - 61 Training Days

Deputy Pre-Academy (Two Week Program) - 1

Hosted Classes - 19 Training Days

Range Qualification - 61 Range Days

Public Safety Dispatch

Calls Received – 245,173

9-1-1 Calls for Service – 46,254

Fire Calls – 14,756

EMS Calls – 36,891

Law Enforcement Calls – 132,593

Law Enforcement Calls

Public Safety Dispatch

2005 - 2009

Total Calls Received

Public Safety Dispatch

2005 - 2009

























2005 2006 2007 2008 2009

2005 2006 2007 2008 2009


H. Thomas Guerry Awards

Award for Valor

Sergeant Gregg Weitzman, Senior Deputy Jon Simon, Senior Deputy Dave Wight, Detective Adam Reichick and other members of

the Santa Barbara County Air Support Unit, were among the first responders to the disastrous Tea Fire. In this capacity, they and

other members of the Unit flew under extremely hazardous conditions in order to save life and property by dropping water on the

raging fire.

Sgt. Weitzman

Sr. Deputy Simon

In the early evening of November 13, 2008, what started as a small fire in the foothills above Montecito quickly erupted into an

inferno that, at its conclusion, consumed 210 residences in the City of Santa Barbara and unincorporated areas of Santa Barbara

County. The Sheriff’s Office and Fire Department Helicopter personnel performed numerous heroic water drops that night in support

of ground-based fire crews battling this wind driven fire. Early on, they coordinated their responsibilities and evaluated the

risks involved in fighting this rapidly growing fire from the air. Due to its brutal intensity, the proximity to inhabited dwellings, and

the need to provide fire personnel with strategic air support, it was evident that nighttime water drops - a first for Santa Barbara

County Air Support - were necessary.

Relying on their training and experience, these aviators courageously flew their helicopters in hazardous high wind conditions

navigating through darkness and smoke utilizing night vision goggles. As entire residential blocks were consumed by the intense,

wind-driven fire these brave men continued to fight the fire until gusts of up to 75 mph forced them to suspend operations. When

it was deemed safe to resume, they again launched their aircraft and made numerous additional water drops - 84 in all.

Each of these deputies and firefighters demonstrated courage and devotion to duty in the face of great danger. Their actions

saved lives and property, and provided a layer of protection for ground personnel committed to evacuating residents and battling

the flames. Even with the knowledge of the great risks and danger ahead of them, not one of them hesitated to climb into their

helicopters to complete their mission.

For their extraordinary bravery and commitment to the safety of the residents of Santa Barbara County, these members of the

Santa Barbara County Air Support were awarded the H. Thomas Guerry award for Valor by the Santa Barbara Citizen’s Council on


Sr. Deputy Wight



Award for Superior Performance

Custody Lieutenant Diana Stetson began her career with the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office 26 years ago as a Sheriff’s Correction

Officer. Currently she is the Administrative Custody Lieutenant commissioned with the responsibility of responding to jail

writs and medical grievances, coordinating legal responses to writs, managing the jail medical contract, and overseeing the Memorandum

of Understanding between County Alcohol, Drug and Mental Health Services and the Sheriff’s Office. Management of the

medical and mental health contracts is an enormous undertaking requiring frequent review of the contracts to ensure that quality

service is being provided, while at the same time controlling costs. She has developed valuable expertise in this area and is often

praised for her ability to successfully resolve complicated issues.

C Lt. Stetson The long awaited Jail Management System was launched in June 2008. As the Project Manager, Custody Lieutenant Stetson has

been responsible for this project since the initial request for proposal through its implementation. Under her leadership and tutelage,

a group of individuals worked many years to identify a replacement system for the antiquated Records Management System used to track booking

records, inmate movement and sentence information, as well as other statistical data. This process was difficult and required meticulous review

of existing records systems and interfaces. It involved the development of a comprehensive needs assessment, and contract negotiations with multiple

vendors. Development of this new Jail Management System has greatly enhanced the efficiency of operations and the Sheriff’s Office’s ability to

track information essential for accurate statistical data. Her ability to coordinate with the multitude of people and agencies involved in this project

proved vital to the attainment of a state of the art system and smooth transition.

Additionally, Custody Lieutenant Diana Stetson is the administrator of the Medium Security Facility—the oldest operating custody facility within the

Sheriff’s Department—with a population of 285 inmates. Due to the overcrowded conditions in the Main Jail, the Medium Security Facility houses an

increasingly higher security level of inmate than originally intended, requiring close managerial oversight.

Custody Lieutenant Stetson’s planning and organizational skills enabled her to take on additional duties created by an unfilled lieutenant’s position

due to the County’s difficult budget climate. Additionally, she also volunteers as an instructor for the Custody Deputy Academy. She is an accomplished

horsewoman, providing technical assistance during training of the Sheriff’s Mounted Unit, and serves as a director for the Santa Barbara Fiesta

Stock Horse Show and Rodeo.

Custody Lieutenant Stetson is a top producer and an exceptional employee. For her outstanding leadership ability, strong work ethic, and outstanding

dedication to duty Custody Lieutenant Diana Stetson was awarded by the Santa Barbara Citizens’ Council on Crime’s the H. Thomas Guerry Award for

Superior Performance.


Departmental Awards

Meritorious Service Award

Deputy Jeffrey McDonald responded to a disturbance

call in the 500 block of Central Avenue in Buellton on

October 24, 2009. Deputy McDonald spotted a minivan

matching the description provided by the reporting

party stopped in front of two rear apartments.

Deputy McDonald observed the driver jump out of the

van with the engine running and begin to walk away.

Deputy McDonald identified himself and called for the

Dep. McDonald subject to stop, to no avail. When the suspect realized

he was trapped in the horseshoe shaped parking

area, and that Deputy McDonald was blocking his exit, he pulled a large

fixed bladed knife from his waistband hidden under his shirt. Holding the

knife above his head, the suspect turned and faced Deputy McDonald.

Deputy McDonald drew his firearm and ordered the suspect to stop and

drop the knife. The suspect retreated a few feet, as did Deputy McDonald,

seeking cover behind his unit. The suspect waved the knife in a

threatening manner, and then suddenly plunged the knife into his own


Upon seeing that the suspect had injured himself but was still standing in

a threatening manner, Deputy McDonald transitioned from his firearm to

his Taser, firing at the suspect and bringing him to the ground. At this

point, two additional deputies arrived on scene and, with the suspect covered

by another deputy, Deputy McDonald ran up and kicked the knife

away from the suspect’s reach. During this time, the suspect was still

struggling to get back on his feet; therefore, a drive stun from the Taser

was applied. It took another deputy and one more drive stun to get the

suspect into handcuffs and arrested.

Once the scene was clear, the suspect was taken to Santa Ynez Valley

Cottage Hospital for treatment and later booked into the County Jail for

Assault with a Deadly Weapon Upon a Peace Officer, Brandishing a

Deadly Weapon, Possession of Illegal Weapons, and Resisting Arrest.

For calmly averting a possible deadly shooting and bringing a suspect

into custody without injury to others, Deputy Jeffrey McDonald was

awarded the Santa Barbara Sheriff’s Office Meritorious Service Award.

Distinguished Service Award

Chief Financial Officer Douglas Martin began his career

with Santa Barbara County in March, 1999, and

with the Sheriff’s Office in October, 2004. In his command

level assignment, he manages the Sheriff's

Business Office, Special Services and the Systems

and Technology Bureau.

The Sheriff’s Office has a staff of approximately 700

Douglas Martin employees and a budget of approximately $100

million. The organization is divided by branches, divisions,

bureaus, and units with a concentration of authority and responsibility

at every level. However, the budget that pays for all of these facets

of the department is under the guidance and scrutiny of one individual:

C.F.O. Douglas Martin. Although the Sheriff is ultimately responsible for

the budget, Mr. Martin has proven invaluable as both a financial expert

and manager.

Mr. Martin formulates numerous financial projections and scenarios

which are relied upon by department executives for key decisions involv-



ing resource allocations. As new information is received, Mr. Martin

writes and re-writes our financial plan until final adoption is obtained.

Examples of Mr. Martin’s exemplary performance are numerous and

have recently been accomplished during turbulent times, wherein the

Department and County have faced financial challenges of a magnitude

never before experienced. He is often the first in the County to identify

budgetary trends that either show a barometer of things to come or an

error in projections by others. He is recognized throughout the County as

a man of integrity and professionalism. His reputation inside the Department

is equally impeccable, and has earned him the nickname

“Raincloud” for his extended gloomy financial forecasts. Nevertheless,

the Sheriff’s Office is extremely fortunate and grateful for the critical

functions Mr. Martin provides. His proficient financial skills allow us to

effectively perform our fiduciary responsibilities and deliver top quality

law enforcement and corrections services to the citizens of Santa Barbara


For his dedication, expertise, and outstanding achievement, Mr. Douglas

Martin was awarded the Santa Barbara Sheriffs Office Distinguished Service


Distinguished Service Award

Custody Sergeant Timothy McWilliams consistently

distinguishes himself and brings pride to Custody Operations

and the Sheriff’s Office. Sergeant McWilliams

began his career with the Sheriff’s Office 20 years

ago. He has worked a variety of assignments, excelling

in each area. In his current assignment, Sergeant

McWilliams is assigned to supervise the Jail Classification

Unit. Existing within the unit is a “Gang and Intelligence”

component. Under his leadership and work-

C Sgt. McWilliams

ing with local, state and federal branches of enforcement,

the unit has been instrumental in solving or strengthening numerous

serious felony cases, including several murder cases. This has fostered

a positive working relationship which has greatly enhanced the

credibility of the Classification Unit within and outside the jail facility.

In addition to his responsibilities as a supervisor, Sergeant McWilliams

serves as a member of the Sheriff’s Administrative Investigative Team,

and he has served as the lead investigator on several investigations.

These investigations are very time consuming and require a great deal of

commitment and objectivity. His dedication, professionalism and skill as

an investigator make him a valuable asset to the team.

Custody Sergeant McWilliams is well organized and possesses exceptional

planning skills. Because of these skills, he was selected to be a

member of the North County Jail Planning Team and the Jail Management

System Selection and Implementation Team. Both projects were

difficult and time intensive, yet he was able to serve with little impact to

his primary duties. This was partly due to his institution of a mentoring

program within the Classification Unit. The program not only helps the

Classification staff prepare for promotional opportunities, it has enabled

him to accept an increased workload created by staff vacancies within

Custody Operations. Even under the increased workload, Sergeant

McWilliams continues to maintain a positive outlook. His leadership and

guidance have elevated the performance of the Classification Unit to a

superior level.

For his dedication, expertise, and outstanding achievement, Custody Sergeant

Timothy McWilliams was awarded the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s

Office Distinguished Service Award.


Distinguished Service Award

Legal Office Professional Julie Rotta has been a member

of the Sheriff’s Office since 1993. During the past

few years, the Civil Bureau has successfully gone

through reorganization and improved automation procedural

structure changes. The successes of these

changes were directly related to Ms. Rotta’s leadership,

motivation and critical thinking applications.

Ms. Rotta diligently worked with the County Auditor-

Julie Rotta

Controller, Treasurer, Sheriff’s Business Office and

Systems and Technology, in concert with our Sirron program vendor in

devising new and improved work methods in the area of automation. The

new automated processes will result in substantial savings in expenses

such as manpower, time and materials. During the support of the project,

Ms. Rotta acquired expertise with the workings of the Sirron program.

This allowed her to become bureau expert and provide technical

support for our users.

In addition, Ms. Rotta was selected to be a member for the California

State Sheriffs’ Association Civil Committee. She has gained a wide degree

of knowledge relating to civil law. Her networking throughout the

state has proved invaluable to our department. With her newly acquired

knowledge and skills, she was assigned to rewrite sections for the State

Civil Procedures Manual. This manual is used throughout the state as

the guideline on how to process legal procedures.

Ms. Rotta’s conscientious and tireless work ethic has earned her a reputation

as someone who will always get the job done in an exemplary manner.

She is a critical member of the Civil Bureau who has stepped up to

many diverse tasks and challenges beyond her job description. She is

committed to quality work, loyal to her co-workers and supervisors, and

extremely competent. Ms. Rotta is a valuable asset to the Civil Bureau,

the Administrative Services Division, and the Sheriff’s Office.

For her dedication, expertise and outstanding achievement, Ms. Julie

Rotta was awarded the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office Distinguished

Service Award.

Exceptional Citizen Award

First responders, whether Sheriff or Fire Department

Personnel, are ready to render assistance 24 hours a

day as dedicated public servants, even during their

off duty time. Firefighter/Paramedic and Special Enforcement

Team Member Paul Christensen is a public

safety professional who did not hesitate to help

our deputies when he witnessed a fleeing and combative


Paul Christensen On October 2, 2009 a “Be on the Lookout” call was

broadcast to deputies in the Santa Maria area for a vehicle on Highway

101, stating that a female driver was being battered by a male passenger.

Shortly afterwards deputies were advised that the California Highway

Patrol (CHP) was with the occupants of the vehicle at the Chevron Station

on Santa Maria Way. One of our deputies contacted the CHP officer and

determined that the suspect was in the gas station building.

The suspect was quickly identified, but was acting strangely and exhibited

signs of being under the influence of a controlled substance. Based

on his symptoms and statements, the deputy attempted to gain control

of him to search for weapons and make an arrest, but a struggle ensued.

As the suspect broke free, the deputy deployed his Taser, hitting the fleeing

suspect, but failing to stop him. Off-duty Firefighter/Paramedic Paul

Christensen was refueling his car when he heard the sound from the Taser

and saw a man being pursued by a deputy. Mr. Christensen immediately

ran towards the deputy to assist. During the struggle, he helped

deputies take the suspect, who continued to resist and fight, to the

ground. Mr. Christensen assisted until the deputies had the suspect in

handcuffs and placed him securely into the patrol car. During the struggle,

Mr. Christensen sustained abrasions to his left arm.



For his selfless actions to provide assistance to deputies in apprehending

a fleeing, paranoid suspect, thereby reducing the chance of injury to

deputies and the suspect, Mr. Paul Christensen was awarded the Exceptional

Citizen Award.

Sheriff’s Unit Citation

The past year saw a sharp increase in the number of deaths within our

jurisdiction. While maintaining staffing at its current level, the Coroner’s

Bureau handled a 6% increase in the number of referrals and almost a

16% increase in the number of cases investigated. In 2009 there were

14 homicides and 60 suicides countywide, both of which appear to be

record numbers. There was also a 15% increase in the number of autopsies

performed and an 8% increase in the number of cases assigned to

each investigator. On average, the Coroner’s Bureau received 6.2 cases

per day during 2009.

The Coroner’s Bureau investigates deaths throughout the county, regardless

of jurisdiction. The entire Bureau must work as a well-organized

team to fulfill their role. In addition to the detectives assigned to investigate

the circumstances of a death, the Pathologist and the Administrative

Office Professional are an essential part of the team. The Pathologist

makes a final determination as to the cause of death in each one of the

investigations, while the Administrative Office Professional is responsible

for the smooth running of the Bureau and coordinating communications

with outside agencies and the public.

In February, 2009, the entire Coroner’s Bureau was forced to perform at

maximum capacity when they responded to a single vehicle accident in

which six young people were killed when the vehicle they were traveling

in crashed and burst into flames. As a result of the complex investigation,

it was determined that the majority of the victims were foreign nationals.

This required our personnel to coordinate with foreign embassies

and families from different countries. The Coroner’s Bureau was

able to work with all of the families in a dignified and professional manner,

which brought closure to their tragic losses in a short period of time.

The Coroner’s Bureau received several calls from the foreign embassies

and families thanking them for their professionalism in dealing with this

very tragic incident.

For their professionalism and teamwork during a very difficult year,

Sergeant Gregg Weitzman, Detective Jose Alvarez, Detective John Coyle,

Detective Matthew Fenske, Detective Richard Miller II, Doctor Robert Anthony

and Administrative Office Professional Diana Gallegos were

awarded the Sheriff’s Unit Citation.

Sgt. Weitzman

Det. Alvarez Det. Coyle Det. Fenske

Det. Miller

Dr. Robert Anthony

Diana Gallegos


Employees of the Quarter

Civilian Employee of the First Quarter

Administrative Office Professional Elizabeth Rutherford

has recently gone above and beyond her normal

job duties. One day Ms. Rutherford was talking to a

Business Office employee about the Haines directories.

These are books used by law enforcement agencies

to look up addresses and contact information of

county residents. Ms. Rutherford was told that it was

up to each bureau to decide if they wanted to retain

Elizabeth Rutherford the directories. No one had ever considered this issue

or made a decision concerning the renewal or cancellation of the subscription.

Ms. Rutherford took it upon herself to contact every bureau to

inquire if they really needed the Haines books. She then explained that

the cost to each bureau was $262.76 per book yearly. Within two weeks

the decision was made by all the involved parties to cancel the Haines

directories. The Sheriff’s Office had subscribed to 25 of these books on

an annual basis. The resulting cost savings totaled $6569.

On another occasion, Ms. Rutherford was asked to investigate various

charges on the department’s pager monthly billing sheet. She researched

those charges and reported back with her findings. Ms. Rutherford

was informed that we had 3 pagers that were being charged for but

currently not in use. She then discussed the situation with Commander

Gross to obtain his feedback. Commander Gross made the decision to

send the pagers back to the company.

The total cost savings from the Haines directories and the return of the

pagers for this quarter is $8009. These substantial savings resulted because

one person decided to go the extra mile in the performance of her

duties. Ms. Elizabeth Rutherford is commended for her conscientious

attention to detail and her resolve to examine spending practices.

Custody Deputy of the First Quarter

On Sunday, February 8, 2009, while completing a

safety check at the Santa Maria Jail facility, Custody

Deputy Juan Duarte observed a lone female inmate

in a cell where she had fashioned a noose out of a

jail-issued sheet. She had reached the point where

the noose was attached to the television mounting

bracket. Custody Deputy Duarte entered the cell and

quickly dismantled the noose. Upon interviewing the

C Dep. Duarte inmate, Custody Deputy Duarte learned that her

brother had recently passed away, and with no remaining family, she felt

despondent and alone. Fearing for her safety, Custody Deputy Duarte

took immediate action to place her in a safety cell. Additionally, he followed

up by contacting Mental Health Services at the Santa Barbara

Main Jail to ensure that the inmate would receive proper mental health

assistance upon her arrival there.

The following week, Custody Deputy Duarte was returning to the Santa

Maria Jail facility from a late night transport to the Main Jail. While travelling

in hazardous conditions due to heavy rain on northbound U.S. 101

near the Noquoi Grade, Custody Deputy Duarte observed a vehicle in the

southbound lane spin out of control and slam into the center divider. He

immediately radioed Dispatch his location and the circumstances of the

accident. As he was checking the welfare of the young male driver, Custody

Deputy Duarte observed that, although the driver did not seem to be

injured he did appear to be under the influence. Custody Deputy Duarte

detained the driver until the California Highway Patrol arrived. The driver

was subsequently arrested for Driving under the Influence and a local

traffic warrant.

Custody Deputy Juan Duarte is commended for his quick actions that ulti-



mately saved the life of a distressed female inmate, and for preventing

an impaired driver from leaving the scene of an accident and possibly

causing injury to others.

Deputies of the First Quarter

Sgt. Thielst

Throughout the years there has been substantial media

attention focused on the Cold Springs Bridge and the

proclivity for jumpers from this historic land mark. Recently,

Sergeant Brian Thielst and Deputy Javier Perez

were successful in their efforts to save a life at this location.

On January 30, 2009, the department received

a call of a pedestrian on the bridge. As these two deputies

responded, the information was updated to that of

a subject hanging over the edge. When Deputy Perez

arrived, he saw the subject clinging to a guard rail

support from the north edge of the bridge. The subject

was holding on to the rail support and standing on

a shallow ledge outside the guard rail. If the subject

had lost his grip or slipped, he would have instantly

fallen to his death.

Sergeant Thielst and Deputy Perez engaged the subject

in conversation. They eventually established a

Dep. Perez

rapport with the distraught male and were able to determine

his source of anxiety and despair. Sergeant Thielst and Deputy

Perez were able to successfully talk the subject back onto the safety of

the bridge. They learned man was despondent over financial issues and

had no local family support. He was ultimately released to Cottage Hospital

and C.A.R.E.S. (Crisis and Recovery Emergency Services) for further

evaluation. Sergeant Thielst also made arrangements for follow-up care

after his release from Cottage Hospital.

The brave and determined actions of Sergeant Brian Thielst and Deputy

Javier Perez resulted in saving this man’s life. He is alive and coping with

his problems, which he once perceived as insurmountable, because of

their professional response.

Civilian of the Second Quarter

On May 21, 2009, a citizen unknowingly lost his wallet

on the streets of Santa Barbara. This gentleman

apparently placed his wallet on the hood of his car at

the Municipal Golf Course and then forgot it and

drove off. Sometime later that day, Sheriff’s Custodian

Javier Hernandez spotted a wallet in the street in

the vicinity of State Street and Las Positas Road. Mr.

Hernandez made a point of stopping and retrieving

Javier Hernandez the wallet. Inside he found several credit cards, personal

identification and cash in excess of $200. Mr. Hernandez took the

effort to research the owner of the wallet using the identification and the

Internet to locate a contact number for him. After a brief telephone conversation

with the gentleman, Mr. Hernandez returned the wallet that


The owner of the wallet called the Sheriff’s Office and praised the ethics

and integrity of Mr. Javier Hernandez. In his words, “This reinforces my

faith that there are decent human beings out there.” He was obviously

touched by the honesty of a member of our Department.

The actions of Mr. Hernandez are a positive reflection on him and the

Department. We are proud of his integrity and view him as an asset to

the community. Mr. Javier Hernandez is certainly a credit to the Financial

Services Division and the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office

Custody Deputy of Second Quarter

C Dep. Smith

In November 2008, Custody Deputy Kimberly Smith was

transferred to a new position as Administrative Custody

Deputy. Kim Smith has excelled in this position. In addition

to handling her routine duties, which include coordination

of professional visits, parole violation hearings

and maintaining statistical data, Custody Deputy Smith

keeps a vigilant eye on everyone who enters the lobby.

She pays attention to small details, always keeping jail


security foremost in her mind. Because of Custody Deputy Smith’s extensive

knowledge in Custody Operations, she is able to clearly communicate

with visitors the best time to schedule their visits so as to avoid potential

delays with routine jail events. Should a delay in the visit occur,

she will patiently explain to the visitor the reason for the delay and if possible,

an estimated length of the wait time. Since Custody Deputy Smith

assumed the duties of Administrative Custody Deputy, the Sheriff’s Department

has received numerous compliments from department staff,

the public and professional visitors who express appreciation for her assistance

and professionalism.

Although assigned to administrative duties, Custody Deputy Smith continues

to assist wherever needed and always goes the “extra-mile” to help

others. On May 6, 2009, the Jesusita Fire began raging through Santa

Barbara County. Custody Deputy Smith had completed her shift and was

heading towards her home when she realized the magnitude of the fire

and the impact to the Sheriff’s Department. She returned to the jail and

volunteered to assist in any way possible. Her willingness to return to

work and assume a post enabled others to be assigned to assist with


Custody Deputy Kimberly Smith possesses keen observation skills which,

coupled with her investigative experience gained from her years in the

Classification Unit, have helped in providing pertinent information to assist

in criminal investigations. Her professional appearance and demeanor

positively represent not only Custody Operations, but the Sheriff's

Department as a whole.

Deputies of the Second Quarter

Sr. Dep. Messmore

Dep. Maupin

On April 27, 2009, deputies responded

to a call of a suicidal

female at a local college. Deputy

David Maupin made contact with

the school and learned that she

had left the campus. She was

upset over being suspended from

school. She texted her friends

saying she was going to jump from a bridge.

The area of the Cold Spring Bridge was checked, but the student was not

located. A friend received a text message indicating East Camino Cielo

may be her new destination. Due to the vast area, an air unit was requested

to assist in the search. Deputy Maupin gathered pertinent information

at the campus and from family and friends, forwarding it to Senior

Deputy Chip Messmore.

Senior Deputy Messmore began a methodical search on East Camino

Cielo and located the student’s vehicle east of Gibraltar Road. The student

was in the driver’s seat in a reclined position. She had a plastic bag

over her head that he quickly removed. Her vital signs were faint and she

was unresponsive to his attempts to wake her. Senior Deputy Messmore

immediately requested medical assistance. He noticed anti-freeze and

power steering fluid on the passenger side floor and broadcasted this

information to responding paramedics in case of poisoning. Paramedics

quickly arrived on scene due to Senior Deputy Messmore’s precise directions

in this very remote location. They stabilized the student and transported

her to Cottage Hospital for treatment.

Deputy Maupin assisted family members at the school with retrieving

their car. He provided the family with resource information. He advised

them that their daughter was being transported to Cottage Hospital.

They were grateful for Deputy Maupin’s and Deputy Messmore’s help

during this traumatic ordeal.

Without the coordinated efforts of Deputy David Maupin and Senior Deputy

Chip Messmore, a twenty year old college student would have perished

by her own hand. Quick thinking and a rapid response during a life

threatening situation saved a family from despair and the loss of a loved

one. Their heroic actions are in keeping with the highest standards of

the Sheriff’s Department and the law enforcement profession.



Civilian of the Third Quarter

Maria Antonia


Maria Antonia Durbiano is currently assigned as the Alcohol

and Drug Counselor II at the Sheriff's Treatment Program.

She consistently displays a high level of commitment

towards her work. Her involvement in the program

exceeds the job requirements described for this position.

Recently Ms. Durbiano has facilitated a bilingual group

for the Hispanic members of the Sheriff’s Treatment Program

on Relapse Prevention. This group began during

the third quarter and has an average participation of

twenty-five Hispanic inmates. She also helps those inmates by translating

their assignments and the applications they complete as a part of

their recovery from addiction. Ms. Durbiano’s involvement with the group

is in addition to her normal duties, as is the translation services she provides

Ms. Durbiano has also been working to translate all of the Sheriff’s Treatment

Program material into Spanish so these inmates can understand

everything they have in front of them. This insures that they comprehend

the information pertinent to their success in the program.

Another example of Ms. Durbiano’s commitment is her participation in

the National Recovery Month Committee during the last two years. She

has assisted with the gathering of all donations for prizes that are given

away at the annual Sheriff’s Treatment Program barbeque in conjunction

with National Recovery Month. This entails countless hours of her personal

time to solicit donated prizes and then wrap them for presentation

at the raffle.

Ms. Durbiano maintains her caseload of fifteen clients and her four regular

Relapse Prevention Groups each week, in addition to the extra duties

she has taken on for the program. She is selfless in her efforts to further

the program’s success. Ms. Maria Antonia Durbiano is an asset to Sheriff’s

Treatment Program as a caring and compassionate counselor and


Custody Deputy of the Third Quarter

On August 17, 2009, Custody Deputy Florice Soto was

moving two inmates in the East Module Corridor. The

two inmates were classified as protective custody. During

this time, a group of general population inmates was

being escorted from the Inmate Reception Center to

their housing units. As a safety precaution, this group of

inmates had been told by the escorting deputy to remain

at the end of the hallway.

C Dep. Soto

As Deputy Soto turned towards the end of the hallway, she saw an inmate

break away from the group and begin charging towards the protective

custody inmates. Believing this inmate intended to assault one of

the protective custody inmates, she pushed them out of the way of the

charging inmate. Standing at 5 feet 2 ½ inches, Deputy Soto positioned

herself between the assailant and his intended target. As the assailant,

a six foot tall, 190 pound man, closed the distance, Deputy Soto tackled

him. The force of the impact threw her into the door jamb. However, she

was able to grab him tightly around his torso and arms. He attempted to

escape her grasp and during the struggle she was thrown against several

walls before she was able to eventually lift him off his feet and wrestle

him to the floor.

The assailant is an admitted gang member, on a parole hold, with a history

of violent offenses. He was being returned to state prison and had

no known motive for his attack. Deputy Soto skillfully gained and maintained

control of him, without injuring him and receiving only minor injuries

herself. Her quick thinking and courageous actions prevented the

attack of one inmate upon another. Custody Deputy Florice Soto is commended

for her skillful defensive tactics that led to a successful resolution

to a potentially dangerous situation.


Deputy of the Third Quarter

Dep. Nelson

On September 21, 2009, five males drove to a residence

in Orcutt, seeking revenge for an earlier vandalism,

which had occurred in Santa Maria. During a

confrontation with the resident in Orcutt, one of the

five men was armed with a baseball bat. A struggle

ensued and, as the resident appeared to gain the upper

hand, one of the other men fired a round at the

resident, nearly missing his head and striking the resident’s

car. The five suspects then fled the area.

Deputy Chris Nelson was the lead patrol investigator at the scene. He

made contact with the victim and was able to solicit information identifying

a residence for the possible suspects. He conducted a thorough forensics

crime scene investigation, collecting evidence and identifying the

type of firearm used.

Deputy Nelson relayed the suspect information to responding deputies

and the Santa Maria Police Department. Within a few hours, the batwielding

suspect was taken into custody. Deputy Nelson conducted an

in-depth interview of the suspect.

The following night additional suspects and witnesses contacted Deputy

Nelson. His subsequent interviews led to the arrests of the shooting suspect

and one of the other five men in the vehicle, along with a lead to the

fifth outstanding suspect.

Based upon Deputy Nelson’s thorough investigation and interviews, detectives

were able to obtain search warrants leading to the recovery of

the rifle used in the shooting. The shooting suspect was tied to additional

crimes and gang affiliations out of the Los Angeles area. Deputy

Chris Nelson is commended for his diligence and outstanding police


Civilians of the Fourth Quarter

Sarah Allison

Marla Arnoldi

On an average day, the Human Resources Bureau

receives over 100 phone calls and approximately 20

walk-ins. Administrative Office Professionals Sarah

Allison, Marla Arnoldi and Carmina Estrada handle

the majority of the questions and are consistently

available to assist each employee.

Ms. Allison, Mrs. Arnoldi and Ms. Estrada have the

task of ensuring that all Sheriff’s Office timecards are

completed each pay period. They handle the department

Workers’ Compensation paperwork, Family

Medical Leave Act issues, personnel record keeping

and tracking of Employee Performance Evaluations.

In addition to their regular duties, they selflessly took

on additional jobs. Among these tasks were the processing

of Retirement Incentive Program paperwork,

the development of an Employee Manual and the coordination

of the new insurance Open Enrollment.

During the past year and into the current one, there

has been a significant increase in the number of retirements,

due in part to the Retirement Incentive

Program offered by the County. Despite the added

workload, every form was properly documented and

filed in a timely manner. The latest Open Enrollment

period for medical insurance was a particular challenge

this year. Moving to a new insurance carrier

Carmina Estrada

brought with it a myriad of issues. Throughout this transition, these Administrative

Office Professionals helped to ensure that each employee

was updated on the insurance changes. They remained positive and professional,

which made the transition a smooth one.

These ladies have received numerous thank-you emails and other commendations

for their help, knowledge and understanding. The letters

document their unrelenting sense of duty and sincere desire to provide



quality service. Ms. Sarah Allison, Mrs. Marla Arnoldi and Ms. Carmina

Estrada are excellent examples of professionals who deeply care about

the employees of this agency. They bring credit upon the Human Resources

Bureau and the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office.

Custody Deputies of the Fourth Quarter

C. Dep. Callahan

C. Dep. Sullivan

In the middle of October, Special Duty Custody Deputies

Kenneth Callahan, Ryan Sullivan and Richard

Zepf received information that two metal edged weapons,

commonly referred to as shanks, would be somehow

smuggled into the jail. Further investigation revealed

that the weapons were to be used on a custody

deputy. Working in concert with one another, the

Special Duty Custody Deputies diligently combined

their resources to ascertain when and how the weapons

would be brought into the jail building. Their extensive

investigation led to the identification of a suspect

to whom the weapons were to be delivered and

how the weapons were to be introduced into the jail.

Due to the nature of the concealment the weapons

would be difficult to discover with any search. The

three deputies discovered the mode of delivery of the

weapons through the jail until reaching their final destination.

The weapons were detected before they

could be used on anyone. The shanks were made

specifically to be utilized as a stabbing instrument.

Because of their unrelenting investigative efforts, a

potential tragedy was averted from occurring to staff

and/or prisoners. Special Duty Custody Deputies Kenneth

Callahan, Ryan Sullivan and Richard Zepf are

commended for their resourcefulness, determination

C. Dep. Zepf and concern for the safety of others. Their actions

represent the Guiding Principle of Courage by protecting the staff and

inmates from potential harm and the Guiding Principle of Service by performing

their duties with professional excellence.

Deputy of the Fourth Quarter

On December 7 th , deputies received a call from a man

stating that his 34 year old daughter ingested a bottle of

pills and was currently drinking alcohol in an attempt to

end her life. The only information provided was that she

was sitting in her car somewhere in Carpinteria and that

she didn’t want anyone to locate her.

The father knew his daughter drove a small white Ford

Dep. Johnson sedan. The vehicle had stickers on the window and a

broken gas cap. In addition, he stated she was staying

with a couple in an upstairs apartment, but did not know the names of

the couple or the complex and was unable to provide any further information.

While searching for the suicidal subject, Deputy Wayne Johnson attempted

to contact her via telephone. He called her cell phone approximately

fifteen times. She did answer one time, but was unable to speak

clearly. The suicidal female hung up the phone and did not answer


After multiple deputies searched Carpinteria for nearly 50 minutes, Deputy

Johnson observed a vehicle matching the description given by the

anxious father parked in a lot on Carpinteria Avenue. He approached the

vehicle and observed a female sitting in the front seat. She was breathing

heavily, had a pulse, but was unresponsive to touch or sound. Deputy

Johnson observed several empty pill bottles lying on the passenger seat

next to her. He advised Dispatch of his current location and requested a

medical response. Shortly afterwards, fire and medics arrived on scene

and the unconscious female was transported to the hospital via ambulance.

Deputy Wayne Johnson’s persistence and quick thinking resulted in saving

the life of a woman who would have perished if not located quickly.

His actions exemplify the Guiding Principles of this agency and demonstrate

professionalism and dedication to the community he has chosen

to serve and protect.



Name Rank Service Years

Abel Jr, Conn L Sheriff’s Sergeant 34

Bisquera, Anita Cook Sheriff’s Institutions 32

Cleaves, Stephen M Sheriffs Sergeant 28.6

Dacus, Michael Douglas Custody Deputy 21.1

Gadberry, Margaret L Administrative Office Professional II 11.4

Gerhart, Charles Wayne Sheriff’s Commander 24.2

Greene, Kathryn Communications Dispatch Sup 39.1

Haberkorn, Barbara Jean Accountant III 20.2

Hess, Lawrence Louis Sheriff’s Deputy S/Duty 31.2

Kitzmann, Gary A Sheriff’s Lieutenant 30.3

Koeller, Karl R Sheriff’s Deputy 31.1

Lavoie, David Allen Custody Deputy 13.8

Mathews, Thomas B Sheriff’s Deputy 31.1

McKinny, Thomas M Sheriff’s Lieutenant 27.1

Panel, David Francis Custody Deputy S/Duty 21.7

Selander, Kathleen P Custody Lieutenant 29.7

Severin, Denise J Custody Deputy S/Duty 25.1

Shemwell, Kenneth Ray Undersheriff 31.6

Sutcliffe, Timothy L Sheriff’s Deputy S/Duty 20.2


Name Promoted To

Ames, Sonia

Dispatch Supervisor

Bondietti, Lisa

Custody Lieutenant

Lammer, Shawn Custody Sergeant

Meter, James

Custody Lieutenant

Moore, Kelly

Sheriff’s Lieutenant

Patterson, Donald Chief Deputy

Poquette, Dustin Sheriff’s Sergeant

Soto, Richard

Sheriff’s Sergeant

Stetson, Diana Custody Commander



Employee Unions

Santa Barbara County Deputy Sheriffs’ Association

Formed in 1971, the Santa Barbara County Deputy Sheriffs' Association

(SBCDSA) represents more than 480 dedicated and professional members

of the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office and the District Attorney's

Office. The SBCDSA serves to advance the interests of the professional

men and women of the Association as well as the community

through legislative and legal advocacy, political action, and education.

Santa Barbara County Deputy Sheriffs' Association 2009 Honorees

Deputy Supervisor of the Year - Sergeant Ross Ruth

Deputy of the Year - Sheriff Deputy Jarret Morris

Deputy Rookie of the Year - Sheriff Deputy Mark Suarez

Custody Supervisor of the Year - Custody Sergeant Shawn Lammer

Custody Deputy of the Year – Custody Deputy Bobby Williamson

Custody Deputy Rookie of the Year - Custody Deputy Josh Lake

Santa Barbara Sheriff’s Managers Association

The Santa Barbara Sheriff's Managers Association, developed in 1995,

represents its members in matters related to conditions of their employment

including, but not limited to, wages, hours, benefits, rights, grievances

and working conditions. Membership in the Association is open to

all sworn Sheriff's management employees.

Service Employees International Union Local 620

Local 620 of the Service Employees International

Union (SEIU) represents over 200 civilian employees

in the Sheriff’s Office and is the largest county

labor organization representing over 2,000 Santa

Barbara County employees. Local 620 employs

professional staff and trained county employees

(stewards) in order to provide their members with work-related legal assistance,

contract negotiations, representation on disciplinary appeals,

and opportunities for focused political involvement.

Investigator of the Year - Detective Mike Scherbarth

Dispatcher of the Year – Dispatch Supervisor Sonya Ames

Civilian Employee of the Year:

District Attorney’s Office – Investigative Assistant Maria Chavez

Investigator of the Year:

District Attorney’s Office – D.A. Investigator Paul Kimes

Association Appreciation Award – Vice President of PORAC, Senior Deputy

Mike Durant

Deputy Sheriffs’ Association

presents a $5,000.00 check to

Santa Barbara County Special Olympics


Santa Maria

Court Services, Civil Bureau

312 E Cook St #O

North County Operations

New Cuyama Station

215 Newsome St

North County Operations

Santa Maria Station

Santa Maria Branch Jail

812-A W Foster Rd

North County Operations

Lompoc Station

3500 Harris Grade Rd

North County Operations

Santa Ynez Valley Station

1745 Mission Dr


Court Services, Civil Bureau

401 E Cypress St, Suite 105

North County Operations

Buellton Station

140 W Hwy 246

Santa Barbara County

Sheriff’s Office Headquarters

Goleta Valley Patrol Bureau

4434 Calle Real

Custody Administration

Santa Barbara Main Jail

4436 Calle Real

Santa Barbara

Court Services, Civil Bureau

1105 Santa Barbara St

South County Operations

Goleta Storefront

7042 Marketplace Dr

South County Operations

Coastal Bureau Station

5775 Carpinteria Ave

South County Operations

Isla Vista Foot Patrol

6504 Trigo Rd

Coroner’s Bureau

66 S San Antonio Rd



Service Locations

Sheriff’s Office Headquarters

4434 Calle Real

Santa Barbara, CA 93110

(805) 681-4100

Santa Barbara Main Jail

4436 Calle Real

Santa Barbara, CA 93110

(805) 681-4260


Buellton Sheriff’s Station

140 W. Highway 246

Buellton, CA 93427

(805) 686-8150

Coastal Bureau Sheriff’s Station

5775 Carpinteria Ave.

Carpinteria, CA 93013

(805) 684-4561

Goleta Storefront

Camino Real Marketplace

7042 Marketplace Dr.

Goleta, CA 93110

(805) 571-1540

In Case of Emergency Dial 9-1-1

Non-Emergency Dispatch (805) 683-2724

Goleta Valley Patrol Bureau

4434 Calle Real

Santa Barbara, CA 93110

(805) 681-4100

Isla Vista Foot Patrol

6504 Trigo Rd.

Isla Vista, CA 93117

(805) 681-4179

Lompoc Sheriff’s Station

3500 Harris Grade Rd.

Lompoc, CA 93436

(805) 737-7737

New Cuyama Sheriff’s Station

215 Newsome St.

New Cuyama, CA 93254

(661) 766-2310

Santa Maria Sheriff’s Station

812-A W. Foster Rd.

Santa Maria, CA 93455

(805) 934-6150

Santa Ynez Valley Sheriff’s Station

1745 Mission Dr.

Solvang, CA 93463

(805) 686-5000

Civil Bureau

Santa Barbara Civil Bureau

1105 Santa Barbara St.

Santa Barbara, CA 93101

(805) 568-2900

Lompoc Civil Bureau

401 E. Cypress, Suite 105

Lompoc, CA 93436

(805) 737-7710

Santa Maria Civil Bureau

312 E. Cook St #0

Santa Maria, CA 93454

(805) 346-7430

Coroner’s Bureau

66 S. San Antonio Rd.

Santa Barbara, CA 93110

(805) 681-4145


Sheriff’s Office

Santa Barbara County

P.O. Box 6427

4434 Calle Real

Santa Barbara, CA 93160-6427


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