Sheriff's Message


New Forever Stamp Honoring First Responders Dedicated in Montecito

What a special tribute and memorable moment in Santa Barbara County history today. The U.S. Postal Service revealed its new Forever stamp honoring first responders. The official stamp dedication was held at the Montecito Fire Department. Local resident and celebrity Oprah Winfrey was the keynote speaker and we want to thank her for her heartfelt… Read more »

Do You Have What it Takes?  Join us at Goleta Beach Tomorrow!

The Sheriff’s Office is holding our first ever “Do You Have What it Takes Event?” and we want to see you there for this family friendly event. Come join us for an exciting day of physical challenges and team competitions including a tug of war competition. Meet some of the members of the Sheriff’s Special… Read more »

Wanted Suspect Arrested Following Barricade

 At approximately 7:00 a.m. yesterday, September 13, 2018, members of the AB109 Compliance Response Team (CRT) developed information that wanted Post-Release Community Supervision (PRCS) offender, 35-year-old Saam Massoudi of Santa Maria was hiding out at a home on the 1900 block of Estriga Ct. in Santa Maria.  Massoudi had a no bail warrant for his… Read more »

Sheriff’s Office Receives Grant to Fight Alcohol-Related Crime

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office has been awarded a $100,000 grant from the California Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) to battle alcohol-related crime.  The funds will be used to boost enforcement efforts in the Isla Vista and Goleta communities.  The goal is to reduce the number of alcoholic beverage sales to minors, illegal solicitations and… Read more »

Citizen’s Academy Applications Now Being Accepted

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office, UCSB Police Department, and the City of Goleta are pleased to announce that applications are now being accepted for the upcoming Citizen’s Academy.  This seven-week interactive course begins on October 10, 2018 and runs through November 14, 2018, with classes from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. every Wednesday night at… Read more »

Father and Son Missing Persons Investigation

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office, in cooperation with the United States Coast Guard and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, is seeking the public’s assistance in an active missing persons investigation. In June of 2018, 68-year-old Gerald “Storm” Talifero and his son, 14-year-old Adagio “Dag” Talifero, presumably set sail from the area… Read more »

Narcan Utilized to Help Save Man Who Displayed Symptoms of an Opioid Drug Overdose

 Just after 10:00 p.m. last night, September 11, 2018, Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Deputies from the Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Barbara County Fire personnel, and AMR medics responded to the 3300 block of E. Highway 246 for an unresponsive 35-year-old male. The reporting party told Dispatchers that the man was not breathing and was unconscious…. Read more »

Cannabis Compliance Team Seizes More Than 1,500 Illegal Marijuana Plants

 In an effort to deter and eradicate illegal marijuana cultivation sites, the newly funded Sheriff’s Cannabis Compliance Team has been identifying illegal cultivators in Santa Barbara County. The goal of the team is to stop the illegal cultivation of marijuana and prevent the environmental crimes associated with these illegal grows. On September 6, 2018, investigators… Read more »

Pedestrian Safety Enforcement Operations Planned for Goleta

The Traffic Unit of the Goleta Police Department will step up pedestrian safety enforcement operations Wednesday, September 12, 2018, with focused enforcement on collision causing factors involving motorists and pedestrians.  The Traffic Unit will be deployed to crackdown on drivers and pedestrians who violate traffic laws meant to protect all roadway users. The department has… Read more »

Reminder for Blood Drive TODAY at Sheriff’s Headquarters

Just a reminder that we are having a Blood Drive TODAY at Sheriff’s Headquarters located at 4434 Calle Real today from 2:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. What a great way to give back and honor of all those who perished and first responders who risked and lost their lives to save others 17 years ago… Read more »

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