The Isla Vista Foot Patrol is a unique station in that deputies and officers patrol the area primarily on foot or bicycle due to the large student population that live in this vibrant and compact community. Approximately 24,000 people live in this scenic .6 square miles area on a bluff surrounded by the ocean.
The IVFP began in 1970 as one of the first community policing stations in California and has operated successfully under that concept ever since. The goal is to create a partnership between the public and law enforcement and to work together to help keep Isla Vista safe.
Lt. Juan Camarena oversees the station which is made up of deputies and officers who work cooperatively to make a positive difference in the Isla Vista community. The Sheriff’s Office works closely with all of the stakeholders in Isla Vista to ensure the entire community has a voice in the way their community is policed. The groups include the Isla Vista Community Services District, the county’s 3rd District Supervisor’s office, the Associated Student Bodies, the IV Safe Committee and many other community organizations. There is a concerted effort among all of the stakeholders to work together to provide a safe and secure environment for the multiple unsanctioned events held in the community of Isla Vista from the numerous weekly private parties, Halloween and Deltopia.
Deputy James McKarrel is the Community Resource Deputy and assists with addressing the concerns in the community.
Detective Julio Gutierrez, who has specialized training in sexual assault investigations, is assigned full time to the Isla Vista Foot Patrol. His presence increases our ability to investigate and solve crimes that are prevalent in this college town community.
The Sheriff’s Office feels fortunate to have the opportunity to protect and serve the residents of Isla Vista and believe a strong law enforcement is needed to keep the area safe.
The IVFP has its own Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/IVFootPatrol
I.V.F.P. Sheriff Station
6504 Trigo Rd .
Isla Vista, CA. 93117
Phone #’s: (805) 681-4179
Dispatch non-emergency (805) 681-5743