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Detectives Participate in Statewide Human Trafficking Enforcement Operation

Santa Barbara, Calif – On Tuesday, February 4, 2020, Sheriff Alex Villanueva from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department held a press conference to detail the results from the sixth annual Operation Reclaim and Rebuild enforcement operation. The operation was executed during January to correlate with National Human Trafficking Awareness month and was focused on… Read more »

Sheriff’s Recruiter Honored as County Employee of the Month

Santa Barbara, Calif. – This morning, at the Board of Supervisors meeting, Human Resources Recruiter Colleen Ryan was honored as the Santa Barbara County Employee of the Month. The Board of Supervisors presented her with a resolution that highlighted her professional achievements, including her help setting a hiring record of 107 Sheriff’s Office employees last… Read more »

Stolen Vehicle in Carpinteria Yields Stolen Property

Carpinteria, Calif.  – On Saturday, January 25, 2020, a Sheriff’s Deputy was driving southbound on the 101 near Santa Claus Lane when he noticed a black Chevrolet Malibu matching the description of a suspect’s vehicle associated with thefts from several vehicles in the Los Alamos, Gaviota, and Goleta areas. A license plate check of the… Read more »

Request for Public Assistance – Attempt to ID Vehicle Burglars

Carpinteria, Calif. – On Thursday, January 9, 2020 at 8:18 p.m. suspects smashed the window of a vehicle in the parking lot of 3208 Via Real, in the unincorporated area of Carpinteria and stole items from the vehicle. Video surveillance showed the suspects arrive at the location in a white colored Toyota Prius with black… Read more »

Cannabis Compliance Team Serves Warrant in Carpinteria

Carpinteria, Calif. – On Wednesday, January 22, 2020 the Sheriff’s Office Cannabis Compliance Team along with investigators from the California Department of Food and Agriculture Cal Cannabis and the Department of Fish and Wildlife served a search warrant at a cannabis farm in the 5300-block of Foothill Road in Carpinteria. The warrant location encompassed four… Read more »

Passing of Sheriff’s K-9 Chop

Santa Barbara, Calif. – It is with a heavy heart that we announce the death of Sheriff’s K9 Chop who was partnered with Sheriff’s Deputy Shane Moore. Chop experienced a medical emergency yesterday. He was immediately rushed to emergency surgery, and sadly did not survive.  Chop was two-years-old. Chop was an excellent K-9, who has… Read more »

Fifth Suspect Arrested for Isla Vista Robbery

Isla Vista, Calif. – On Friday, January 17, 2020, Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Detectives arrested one additional suspect from the Isla Vista home invasion robbery last November, bringing the number of arrests to 5. As part of their continued investigation, Sheriff’s Detectives authored an arrest warrant for 19-year-old Michael Gebremeskel for conspiracy and accessory as… Read more »

Training Aims to Increase Awareness of Mental Health Emergencies in County Jail

Santa Barbara – Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Custody Deputies and professional staff at the County Jail are receiving training this week in recognizing and responding to persons experiencing mental health emergencies while in custody. The Santa Barbara Sheriff’s Office, in its commitment to addressing the county’s growing mental health concerns, developed the Behavioral Sciences Unit… Read more »

Sheriff’s Detective Presented with Lifesaving Award from American Red Cross

Santa Barbara – In a ceremony held at Sheriff’s Headquarters, Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Detective Christopher MacAuley was presented with the American Red Cross Lifesaving Award for his successful intervention which saved the life of a one-year old child. On June 21, 2019, Detective MacAuley was working patrol from the Santa Maria Sheriff’s Substation.  MacAuley… Read more »

Narcotics Detectives Serve Search Warrant in Lompoc

Lompoc, Calif. – Sheriff’s Narcotics Detectives working an ongoing investigation served a search warrant yesterday (1/8/20) at a hotel in the 1100-block of North H Street. During the search warrant service, detectives contacted 18-year-old Dillon Spoor of Santa Ynez and 21-year-old Moret Houston of Santa Ynez. When detectives contacted Spoor, he removed a gun from… Read more »

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