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Interested in becoming a Lateral Police Officer with the City of Santa Maria?
The City is currently offering an appointment incentive of $6,000 and more benefits.
Please visit our employment opportunities page for details
If you would like to talk to the Training Division regarding the position,
a ride-a-long, and/or a SMPD Facility tour, send an e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sgt. Daniel Rios at 805-928-3781 extension 1307
Training Manager Chrissy Alvarez at 805-928-3781 extension 2144
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).
Questions about gangs? View our videos for answers
Chief of Police
City Phone: (805) 928-3781 extension 2272
City Fax: (805) 922-0877
1111 W. Betteravia Road
EDUCATION & EMPLOYMENT
- M. L. University of Southern California
- B.S. California State University, Northridge
- Chief of Police, City of Santa Maria
- Police Commander, City of Santa Maria
- Captain, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department
- Lieutenant, Sergeant & Deputy Sheriff, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department
- Director Emeritus, National Tactical Officer’s Association
- California Association of Tactical Officers
- California Police Chief’s Association
- Married for 42 years with two adult children
- Member of First Presbyterian Church, SLO
- Scuba diver, distance swimmer, dog lover and poor golfer
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.
- Work in concert with the Mayor’s Task Force on Youth Safety to enhance prevention and intervention efforts in an attempt to mitigate the effects of youth violence.
- Identify an area in Los Flores Ranch as the site of an outdoor firearms range facility for law enforcement, which when operational, will provide a safe and secure location for the training of Santa Maria Police Department personnel as well as law enforcement personnel from surrounding agencies.
- Maintain the Department’s focus on traffic safety by employing a combination of strict enforcement, utilization of grant funded DUI and Drivers’ License checkpoints, and focused saturation patrols.
- Research and identify solutions that will help securely managed access to, and efficient discovery of digital evidence.
- Increase deployment of personnel in specialized units to enhance investigative and enforcement efforts relating to gang activity and property crimes.
- Begin the phased design, installation, and operation of a new Fire / Police Computer Aided Dispatch system, and Police Records Management System.
- Complete a forensic audit of the Department’s reporting systems, from the initial patrol response, through assignment to the Detective Bureau and ultimately to the filing of charges with the District Attorney’s Office, to improve efficiencies in workflow and the quality of the products and ultimately, the enhance prosecutorial efforts.
- Complete a comprehensive revision of the Police Department’s Manual of Policy and Procedure, incorporating all standing General Orders (interim policies) that have been established in recent years.
- Reduce operational expenditures through enhanced coordination of scheduling between the Training, Dispatch, Patrol and Detective administrations, resulting in a reduction of paid overtime.
- Enhance the Department’s outreach and recruiting efforts through expanded utilization of social media to feature Department accomplishments and highlight human interest stories about personnel and their many contributions to the community.