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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 (click the graphic to view).
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Chief of Police
City Phone: (805) 928-3781 extension 2272
City Fax: (805) 922-0877
1111 W. Betteravia Road
Description Of Responsibilities:
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.
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.
These Are Our Values
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.
Law Enforcement Code Of Ethics
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 profession...law enforcement.
2015-16 Goals and Objectives:
1. Successfully implement a systematic and orderly phased move-in of personnel and equipment into the new Police Facility, located at 1111 West Betteravia Road, by ensuring uninterrupted public safety service to the community.
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/Drivers License checkpoints and saturation patrols.
3. Implement a Police Bicycle Patrol Program, deploying numerous officers on a rotation basis, to enhance proactive and interactive policing.
4. Reinstate full-time Beat Coordinators to address “quality of life” type of issues affecting the community, to further support the Department’s philosophy on Community Based Policing.
5. Seek and provide unique training opportunities for supervision and management with an emphasis on ethics, risk management and succession planning, to implement industry best management practices.
6. In conjunction with Information Technology, implement within the Police Department the Federally mandated 700 MHz Shared Radio System designed to improve radio coverage and allow first responders to communicate with each other during emergency operations.
7. Enhance crime prevention by deploying surveillance cameras throughout the City as well as contracting with the Housing Authority to provide supplemental law enforcement services to various housing developments within the City.
8. Partner with the Human Resources Division to implement a wellness program, in an effort to reduce injuries associated with public safety service, and to promote overall better health and fitness.
9. Enhance transparency and community relations by posting end-of-the-year Part One crimes data on the City’s website, and also include updates posted each month.
10. Complete 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.