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
Cadets are college students between the age of 18 and 22 who work part time as civilian employees for the Santa Barbara Police Department and generally have an interest in a career in law enforcement.
Cadets have assignments throughout the department providing assistance in such areas as the Detective Bureau, the Shooting Range, the Training and Recruitment Bureau, Parking Enforcement and Crossing Guard Coordinator. Assignments are all rotating, giving cadets experience in all areas of the department. Being part time and working 20 hours a week with flexible shifts, cadets have no problems balancing work and school.
In addition with their regular duties, cadets also provide traffic and crowd control for parades and other special events. Cadets also have the opportunity to assist at DUI checkpoints and alcohol undercover stings. After one year of experience and good work habits, Cadets can qualify for a pay increase and promotion to Cadet II.
The Chaplaincy Program was established to assist police officers and the people of the community through a field service ministry. They provide guidance, counseling and comfort in times of crisis, to all employees and the residents of Santa Barbara. The services of the chaplains are available on the basis of need and desire. They are not intended, nor do they wish to replace an individual’s clergyman.
To be appointed as a police chaplain, one must meet a variety of minimum qualifications; to name a few, they must be an ordained or licensed member of the clergy in good standing, be willing to volunteer their services on a 24-hour call basis and successfully complete an application and background process with the police department. As well as the training in the ministry field, chaplains receive additional training in family, grief and drug addiction counseling; and participate in a monthly ride-along with a patrol officer.
The police department currently has five chaplains who are available to provide personal and family counseling to department personnel and their families. They are available to conduct wedding and funeral services and hospital visitation for department personnel and their families. They respond to assist officers on calls and use their specific ability in relating news with empathy, dignity and sympathy in situations such as death notifications and incidents of serious injury. They are available for counseling of rape victims, drug abusers, child abuse victims, battered spouses, etc.
The Police Chaplain is a valuable resource to the patrol officer, allowing the officer to focus on the investigation of the incident and the Chaplain tending to the needs of the victim.
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SBPD has temporarily suspended the Ride-Along Program as a precaution against COVID-19. We are not accepting new applications at this time. We are anticipating re-opening the program summer 2022.
Thank you for your interest in the Santa Barbara Police Department. The Ride-Along Program is a project designed to improve interaction with the community and to give interested adults a first-hand opportunity to observe the police perform their everyday patrol duties. As a result of this program, the community will have a better understanding of the challenges confronting police, and the police officers will be exposed to the concerns and views of the community.
Anyone eighteen years of age or older may be permitted to participate in the Program at the discretion of the Police Department. All individuals must completely fill out, sign, and return the application with release agreement to the Santa Barbara Police Department, at which time a criminal records check will be performed. Before a ride may be scheduled you must first successfully pass the criminal records check.
Ride-Along participation is limited to once per year.
Ride-Along guests must be in professional attire, consisting of dress pants, a button-down shirt or blouse, and flat dress shoes. Sneakers, T-Shirts, jeans, shorts, or sandals are unacceptable for any guest. No cameras or tape recorders are permitted. No exceptions to this standard will be permitted.
Although rare, situations may arise necessitating rescheduling, interruption or denial of a scheduled Ride-Along in the interest of safety. This decision is made solely by the Department and is at its discretion.
To ensure your safety and enjoyment during the Ride-Along, guests shall abide by the following rules:
- All Ride-Along guests shall stay in the car unless directed by the officer supervising the Ride-Along.
- No Ride-Along guest shall be allowed to enter private residences or private property not open to the general public.
- Cameras and recording devices are strictly prohibited.