City of Santa Maria, California
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City of Santa Maria, California, Police Services

222 E. Cook Street
Santa Maria, CA 93454
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The Santa Maria Police Department strives to protect and serve all those who live, work and/or visit Santa Maria. This is accomplished by working in cooperation with the community, promoting safety and enforcing the law. Professional police services include maintaining civil order, preventive patrol, investigations, traffic control and enforcement, criminalistics, crime prevention, drug enforcement, and abuse prevention. The department houses the public safety dispatch center for police and fire, which receives all emergency 9-1-1 and non-emergency calls for services and ensures that appropriate resources are dispatched on a timely basis.

Life Facing Bars – The Documentary
The Santa Maria Police Department recently completed a much-anticipated juvenile gang prevention documentary titled Life Facing Bars. This 40-minute film features local gang members exposing the lies and telling the truth about their experience with the street gang subculture. The department intends to use this film to raise gang awareness, and deter at-risk youth from gang involvement. The film is being distributed to our partners in law enforcement and education so they may share it with those most in need. The film is on YouTube.

Questions about gangs? View our videos for answers

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Photo of Ralph Martin, Chief of Police RALPH MARTIN
Chief of Police

City Phone: (805) 925-0951 x272
City Fax: (805) 922-0877
222 East Cook Street


Responsible for directing the personnel and equipment of the department to perform the following duties: preserving law and order, investigating complaints, arresting offenders, recovering stolen property, and regulating traffic.

Mission Statement
In partnership with the community, we will provide impartial, ethical, and professional law enforcement services. We will take a leadership role in forming collaborative community efforts to find long-term solutions for the reduction of crime through prevention. We will strive to maintain the trust, understanding, and confidence of our residents, while working to improve the quality of life.


Our mission will be accomplished while remaining dedicated to the following principles:

RESPECT: We will honor the individual worth and contributions of each member of our organization.

INTEGRITY: We will not compromise our moral and ethical principles.

ACCOUNTABILITY: We will accept responsibility for our decisions and actions.

HONESTY: We will be forthright and truthful.

FAIRNESS: We will treat everyone in an equitable and dignified manner.

EMPATHY: We will be sensitive to the needs and feelings of others and to the cultural diversity of our community.


As A Law Enforcement Officer, my fundamental duty is to serve mankind; to safeguard lives and property; to protect the innocent against deception, the weak against oppression or intimidation, and the peaceful against violence or disorder; and to respect the Constitutional rights of all men to liberty, equality and justice.

I will keep my private life unsullied as an example to all; maintain courageous calm in the face of danger, scorn, or ridicule; develop self-restrain; and be constantly mindful of the welfare of others. Honest in thought and deed in both my personal and official life, I will be exemplary in obeying the laws of the land and the regulations of my department. Whatever I see or hear of a confidential nature or that is confided to me in my official capacity will be kept ever secret unless revelation is necessary in the performance of my duty.

I will never act officiously or permit personal feelings, prejudices, animosities or friendships to influence my decisions. With no compromise for crime and with relentless prosecution of criminals, I will enforce the law courteously and appropriately without fear or favor, malice or ill will, never employing unnecessary force or violence and never accepting gratuities.

I recognize the badge of my office as a symbol of public faith, and I accept it as a public trust to be held so long as I am true to the ethics of the police service. I will constantly strive to achieve these objectives and ideals, dedicating myself before God to my chosen enforcement.

2014-15 Goals/Objectives

  1. Complete the planning for, and provide direction and coordination of, an orderly internal transition of personnel and equipment for the move into the new Police facility while at the same time providing seamless public safety service to the public.
  2. Continue to remove unlicensed and hazardous drivers from the City’s streets, and strive to reduce the number of repeat offenders, by utilizing State Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) grant funding to conduct DUI/Driver License checkpoints and saturation patrols.
  3. Contract with the school districts to provide supplemental law enforcement services and increase the number of School Resource Officers at school campuses to the extent allowed by available resources.
  4. Contingent upon the staffing of vacant police officer positions, systematically restore and enhance deployment to special assignment positions, such as D.A.R.E., Gang Suppression, Detectives, and Traffic Bureau personnel.
  5. Continue to increase educational programs and presentations targeting local high school students about the dangers of driving distractions such as texting, talking on the cell phone, and/or drinking.
  6. Implement a computerized Early Intervention System (EIS) as a proactive management tool useful for identifying potential training opportunities and liability concerns as well as ensuring employee accountability.
  7. Continue to work with the Fire Department and Information Technology Division to identify, select and implement a compatible replacement for the Computer Aided Dispatch/Law Records Management System, including field-based reporting and an automated vehicle locator system.
  8. Reconstruct the Department’s SWAT Team and Crisis Negotiations Team by way of extensive training and complete restructuring of related policies so as to provide a comprehensive approach for the resolution of critical incidents, with an emphasis on life saving and limited liability.
  9. To aid in recruitments, successfully create a recruitment video showing the multiple career opportunities available within the Police Department, and place the video on the City’s website and government cable Channel 23.
  10. Implement a software-based tracking system to prioritize criminal cases with workable leads, improving overall investigative efficiency and improving customer service.

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