Sheriff's Message


Undersheriff Bernard Melekian Elected as Chairman of the National Police Foundation

Undersheriff Bernard Melekian is the new Chairman of the Board for the National Police Foundation. The Undersheriff was recently elected to the position after serving on the Board of Directors for the past three years.  The National Police Foundation (NPF) is a Washington D.C. based research organization, committed to the premise of “advancing policing through… Read more »

Distinguished Service Medal Awarded

Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown awarded Senior Deputy Michael Durant, the prestigious Distinguished Service Medal, at the 65th annual Peace Officers Research Association of California’s (PORAC) Conference of Members. Senior Deputy Durant’s career with the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office spans more than 30-years. He was assigned to patrol, field training, investigations, custody and… Read more »

Homicide Victim Identity Released and OIS Decedent

The Sheriff’s Coroner’s Bureau is releasing the identities of the homicide victim and the homicide suspect who was fatally injured yesterday, November 19, 2017, in the Lompoc Police Department Officer Involved Shooting.  The homicide victim is 28-year-old Timothy Ross Culley of Lompoc. The homicide suspect/officer involved shooting decedent is 34-year-old Geronimo Vicente Santos of Lompoc. … Read more »

ATM Safety Reminder Following Incident

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office is reminding residents to be alert and aware of their surroundings while using ATM machines following an incident in Orcutt.   At approximately 2:00 p.m. on November 6, 2017, a suspect armed with a knife approached a citizen who was using an ATM machine.  Fortunately, the citizen fled and was… Read more »

Lompoc Police Department Officer Involved Shooting

  At approximately 7:30 a.m. today, November 19, 2017, the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office received a request for assistance from the Lompoc Police Department (LPD) regarding an Officer Involved Shooting that occurred within the City of Lompoc and involved five LPD patrol personnel. Sheriff’s Office personnel assigned to the Criminal Investigations Bureau as well… Read more »

Sheriff’s Office Launches New Website

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office is pleased to debut our new upgraded and very user-friendly website.  The responsive, mobile-compatible, interactive site is more than 120 pages long and includes more than 650 photos and dozens of informative videos.  Unlike our previous 18-year-old website, it uses a content management system, which will allow us to… Read more »

Warning Regarding Virtual Kidnapping Scam

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office would like to alert the public about several reports of “virtual kidnapping” extortion calls we have received.  The Sheriff’s Office wants to remind the public that these are scams and if you receive a phone call from someone demanding a ransom for an alleged kidnap victim and you suspect… Read more »

Felon in Possession of Firearm and Meth Arrested

At approximately 6 p.m. yesterday, November 10, 2017, the Santa Barbara County Public Safety Dispatch Center received a 911 call from a citizen reporting a possible burglary in progress at a residence in the 300 Block of Hassett Court in Santa Maria. Deputies arrived in the area and immediately contacted a subject in the backyard… Read more »

Search and Rescue Final Recruitment Meeting of 2017

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue Team (SBCSAR) is looking for new members to join its team.  SBCSAR is holding its final recruitment meeting of the year this coming Wednesday, November 15, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. at the Sheriff’s Search and Rescue station located at 66 S. San Antonio Road in Santa Barbara. … Read more »

Threatening Text Investigation

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office received a report last night, November 2, 2017, of a threatening text that had been sent by a Buena Vista Elementary School student to another student at the school.  The threat implied violence at the school.  Sheriff’s deputies identified and contacted the student at his residence.  They confirmed the… Read more »

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