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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.
- Through focused enforcement, community cooperation and community policing strategies, and use of data and technology, reduce the incident of gang violence in the City.
- Continue to remove unlicensed and hazardous drivers from the City’s streets, and strive to reduce the number of repeat offenders, by utilizing California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) grant funding to conduct DUI/Drivers License checkpoints and saturation patrols. In its current application the Department is seeking funding for automated License Plate Readers (LPR) to assist in identifying stolen or wanted vehicles.
- Identify and select a vendor to implement a compatible replacement for the Computer Aided Dispatch/Law Records Management System, including filed-based reporting and an automated vehicle locator system.
- 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.
- Restore and enhance deployment to special assignment positions, such as Detectives, Gang Suppression, Traffic Bureau, and Beat Coordinators.
- Continue to add public safety video cameras, to those cameras already installed within City limits, to enhance surveillance capability and to solicit donations from business owners to offset the initial and ongoing costs.
- Develop Los Flores Ranch as the site of an outdoor rifle shooting range for police officers, to provide a safe location to discharge firearms in order to train and certify Police Department employees and other law enforcement personnel. In addition, develop plans for an indoor shooting range at the Police Department’s new Police station.
- Continue to provide to Police Officers extensive training in various capacities such as management and leadership skills and other law enforcement training. In addition, continue to equip the training room with additional computers and make the Training Bureau a POST training hub for the Central Coast.
- To aid in recruitments, establish a robust initiative to include the continued development of a recruitment video about multiple career opportunities available within the Police Department, and place the video on the City’s website and government Comcast cable Channel 23.
- Enhance the contracts with local 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.