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Professional Standards Unit

The Sheriff’s Office considers its relations with the community to be of paramount importance and encourages citizens to express their opinions regarding the performance, professionalism, and conduct of our employees.

The Professional Standards Unit (PSU) 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 PSU. PSU conducts investigation to determine if violations of the 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.

 Complaints

A relationship of trust and confidence between the members of the Sheriff’s Office and the community we serve is essential to effective law enforcement. Peace officers must be free to exercise their best judgement and to initiate law enforcement action in a reasonable, lawful, and impartial manner and without fear of reprisal. Enforcers of the law also have a special obligation to respect the rights of all persons. The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office acknowledges its responsibility to establish a system of complaint and disciplinary procedures which not only subject employees to corrective action when they conduct themselves improperly, but that will protect them from unwarranted criticism when they discharge their duties properly. It is the purpose of these procedures to provide a prompt, just, open, and expeditious disposition of complaints regarding the conduct of members and employees of the Sheriff’s Office.

To this end, the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office welcomes constructive criticism and valid complaints against its members or procedures.

HOW DO I MAKE A COMPLAINT?

In order for a formal complaint to be processed, this completed form should be mailed or brought to the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office.

WILL I BE CONTACTED BY AN INVESTIGATOR?

Once a written complaint is submitted, you will be contacted by an investigator to obtain a verbal statement.

HOW MUCH TIME DO I HAVE TO FILE A COMPLAINT?

A complaint should be made as soon as possible after the incident as practical. Facts are better ascertained when the incident is reported promptly.

WILL MY COMPLAINT BE INVESTIGATED?

A Professional Standards Unit Investigator or Supervisor will review your complaint. You may be contacted if more information is needed regarding your complaint. Each complaint is reviewed by Executive Staff of the Sheriff’s Office.

CAN I MAKE AN ANONYMOUS COMPLAINT?

Anonymous complaints may be accepted if there is sufficient information to warrant an investigation without the aid of the person complaining.

WHAT IF I AM UNDER THE AGE OF 18?

A person under 18 years of age may make a complaint with the knowledge and signature of a legal parent or guardian.

You may access our Citizen’s Complaint Form by filling out a Green Sheet. Click Here   (Espanol).

Complaints can be mailed to

Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office
Attn: Office of Professional Standards
4434 Calle Real
Santa Barbara, CA 93110

Concealed Weapons Permits

The Professional Standards Unit is also charged with overseeing the application process of concealed weapons permits.

While Sheriff Brown supports the 2nd amendment to the United States Constitution, the right to keep and bear arms, he takes the issuance of concealed carry (CCW) licensing very seriously.

There are three levels of law that come into play in this subject matter; federal, state and local law. The current federal interpretation of the second amendment pertains to firearms ownership and leaves “carry” laws up to the individual states. The State of California has three laws that prohibit generalized, concealed and/ or loaded carry of a firearm, unless one of the exemptions specified within the law is present.

Unless a specific exemption is present the above noted laws are applicable. Examples of such exemptions include but are not limited to; the possession of a CCW permit or while participating in target shooting activities at an established shooting range. For a detailed list of exemptions, please refer to the California Penal code and/ or seek the advice of a competent lawyer.

Additional information regarding CCW’s can be found here:
http://ag.ca.gov/firearms/
http://www.nraila.org/GunLaws/

If you want to apply for CCW, please click on the following link:

https://santabarbaraca.permitium.com/ccw/start