Sheriff's Message


Five Suspects Arrested Following Investigation

At approximately 8:15 p.m. on February 6, 2018, Sheriff’s detectives with the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office Special Investigations Bureau were patrolling the Montecito disaster area when they observed an SUV leaving Coast Village Road. A vehicle enforcement stop was conducted on the vehicle for observed vehicle code violations. After the occupants of the vehicle… Read more »

Sheriff’s Office Requests Montecito Residents in Disaster Zone Secure Property

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office in collaboration with our County partners, remains steadfast in its commitment to help return the community of Montecito to normalcy as soon as possible. While there will be a significant Sheriff’s Office presence in Montecito for the foreseeable future, we request that property owners take action to secure their… Read more »

Sheriff’s Deputies Resolve Confrontation With Suicidal Woman

At approximately 3:00 p.m. on February 5, 2018, sheriff’s deputies from the Goleta Valley Patrol Bureau responded to a home in the 5000-block of San Vicente Drive to check the welfare of a woman who called 911 stating she was suicidal and holding a knife to her neck.  Once deputies arrived, the 58-year-old Santa Barbara… Read more »

Sheriff’s Deputies Arrest Two Alleged Residential Burglary Suspects in Montecito

Just after 9:00 p.m. last night, February 1, 2018, a homeowner in the 200 block of Gould Lane in Montecito heard strange noises coming from a child’s bedroom inside his residence. The homeowner/victim, a father of two young children, went to search for the source of the noise. Upon entering a hallway between bedrooms, he… Read more »

Sheriff’s Deputies Investigate Drive-By Shooting in Buellton

At approximately 11:15 p.m. last night on January 31, 2018, the Santa Barbara County Public Safety Dispatch Center received a 911 call about gunshots heard in the 300 block of Gay Drive in Buellton. Sheriff’s deputies assigned to the City of Buellton, and the surrounding area, responded and found two vehicles with damage from apparent… Read more »

Multiple Search Warrants Served Related to Disturbing Chat Room Posts

Detectives from the Sheriff’s Criminal Investigations Division are continuing their investigation into several high school student(s) who posted threatening and derogatory comments directed at female students on a private internet chat room. The comments are vulgar and may rise to the level of criminal threats.  A disturbing video was posted as well. Sheriff’s detectives obtained… Read more »

Human Trafficking Operation Results

In conjunction with Human Trafficking Awareness Month, the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office was one of more than 80 federal, state and local law enforcement agencies that participated in Operation Reclaim and Rebuild, a three-day effort to combat human trafficking.  A press conference, coordinated by the Los Angeles Regional Human Trafficking Task Force, was held… Read more »


Mandatory Evacuation Orders for additional areas of Montecito were lifted at noon today by the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office. The public should consult the County’s interactive evacuation map at for detailed information of the areas described below. The Mandatory Evacuation Order is lifted for the following area in Montecito: North of East Valley… Read more »

Search and Rescue Recruitment Meeting January 31

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue (SBCSAR) team is looking for new members.  Those interested in joining this outstanding group of people giving back to their community are invited to attend a recruitment meeting this Wednesday, January 31, at 6 p.m. at the Sheriff’s Search and Rescue station located at 66 S. San… Read more »

Students Suspected of Being Under Influence of a Controlled Substance Transported to Hospital

At approximately 11:30 a.m. today, June 26, 2018, Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to Maple High School in Lompoc regarding a report of several students who were potentially under the influence of a controlled substance. A Sheriff’s School Resource Deputy assigned to the Maple High School and Cabrillo High School campuses was on scene and able… Read more »

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