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Contact Us

Email: HomeTeam@SBPD.com 

Phone: 805-897-2465

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Volunteers in Policing (VIP)

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VIP Standing to the front of SBPD

The Volunteer in Policing (VIP) Program began in July 2017. The VIPs are well-respected by the SBPD and are a valued member of the police department family. Santa Barbara Police Department’s Volunteer Policing Program enhances the department’s relationship and communication with the public, through an approach known as community-oriented policing.  Our valued VIPs wear gray uniforms and “volunteer” badges.  Each volunteer acts as an ambassador between the community and the police department. 

Two VIPs standing to the front of SBPD

VIPs have a variety of assignments.  You may find yourself assigned to assist in our front lobby, be a police department liaison on State Street, assist our investigative division, help staff our police officer open-entry testing, attend recruitment events, manage the At-Risk Adult identification program and more!

Our VIP candidates come from diverse backgrounds with a variety of professional experiences, strong character and dedication to public service.

Each candidate will undergo an interview process and a department background investigation.

Interested?  Email our VIP Director Bryan Marshall: bmarshall@sbpd.com or call us: 805-450-4609.

Watch our VIPs in action. Click Here