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Applications NOW Being Accepted for Upcoming Isla Vista Citizen’s Academy

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office is pleased to announce that applications are NOW being accepted for the upcoming Citizen’s Academy designed specifically for college students, faculty and residents in Isla Vista.  This FREE, five-week interactive course begins on February 2, 2019 with classes every Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  The class ends on March 2, 2019 with a graduation ceremony and celebratory BBQ.  Spots are limited and fill up fast so get your applications in right away to secure your spot!

While the Sheriff’s Office routinely puts on Citizens’ Academies, this is the first one that will focus on Isla Vista related issues for Isla Vista residents. This is a great way to get a real, behind-the-scenes look at what goes into keeping Isla Vista Safe. Meet the deputies that patrol the streets, participate in real scenarios and forensics projects, meet specialty units like SET, K-9, and dispatch, take a jail tour, and learn how to respond during an active shooter or crisis situation.

Isla Vista Community Resource Deputy Justin Schroeder is putting on the Academy and is excited to give participants an eye-opening experience that will be well worth their time.  He said, “I hope UCSB/SBCC students, faculty and Isla Vista residents will take advantage of this experience. We are holding the classes on Saturday for the first time ever to allow students and those who work time to attend every session. I have condensed the program down to five weeks and packed each day full of great information and presentations.”

If you’re interested in becoming a part of this Citizen’s Academy, please submit an application found on our website at You can scan and e-mail the application to Senior Deputy Schroeder at or drop it off in a sealed envelope to the Isla Vista substation located at 6504 Trigo Road in Isla Vista.  Applications must be submitted no later than January 29, 2019.  For additional information, please call Senior Deputy Schroeder at 805-681-4602 or e-mail him at

This Academy is just one of the many new programs the Isla Vista Foot Patrol is offering in order to continue building relationships between law enforcement and residents in this vibrant community.

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