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Santa Barbara Police Department
215 East Figueroa Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93101

(805) 897-2300 (805) 897-2434 Fax
In case of emergency, call 9-1-1   
Non-Emergency Dispatch, 805-882-8900


Field Operations Division


The Field Operation Division is the largest division within the Police Department. Its primary responsibility is to provide uniformed law enforcement service to the community.

Uniformed police officers are generally the first contact a citizen has with a law enforcement agency. These initial contacts will frequently leave the citizen with a lasting impression of the department and it is our intention to make that impression a positive one. Our mission is to provide the highest quality law enforcement service in the most effective and efficient manner possible.

Field Operations Structure:

The Field Operations Division is commanded by a Police Commander, staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Patrol is divided into 5 Teams of officers, who work a specific "watch".

Each Watch is commanded by a Police Lieutenant and each team is supervised by a Sergeant.

Each Team has one Crime Scene Investigators (CSI). They are uniformed officers whose primary function is the collection and preservation of evidence at crime scenes. Evidence includes latent fingerprints searches, photography, and collection and packaging of other physical evidence. They also perform the normal duties of a patrol officer when not engaged in crime scene work.

Field Training Officers (FTO), who are charged with the responsibility of training new officers who graduate from the Police Academy. They have additional responsibility for covering all Team training evaluation of new employees. They wear corporal insignia on their collar and are assigned to patrol teams biased on trainee needs. 

The City is divided into 6 Beats. Officers are assigned a specific Beat during a 6 month assignment. 

The Patrol Team Sergeants are responsible for direct field supervision of the officers. In the absence of a Lieutenant, a Sergeant will assume the title of Watch Commander. The Sergeant's primary mission is to oversee the daily activities of the officers under their direction and to be a resource for training and coordinator of field activities.

The Assistant Field Operation Division Commander is a Lieutenant who is the adjutant to the Commander and has the responsibility for managing many of the specialty units within the division.


Field Operation Specialty Units

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