Community Oriented Policing

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The Santa Maria Police Department’s Community Service Unit consists of officers whose main assignments are handling calls for service while on patrol, but which include collateral duties addressing specific issues within the City which are divided into reporting beats. There are three beats. Personnel assigned to the unit are:


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Eligio Lara, Police Coordinator, Community Policing, Police Department

Sergeant Eligio Lara
(805) 928-3781 ext 2297 or voice mail ext. 1271
Work cell phone: (805) 310-6208

Sergeant Eligio Lara has been in law enforcement since 1992 and has been a part of  the Santa Maria Police Department since 2002. He has years of experience in working with community services units. He moved to the Santa Maria Valley in 2000 - a decision he and his family are pleased to have made. Sergeant Lara is a strong believer that every resident is a stakeholder within their community.


BEAT 1: Officer Daniel Martinez
BEAT 1 covers the area north of Fesler to the northern City limits
(805) 928-3781 ext. 1350
 Work cell: (805) 314-8221


Matt Jensen, Community Policing, Beat Coordinator 2, Police DepartmentBEAT 2: Officer Matthew Jensen
BEAT 2 covers the area south of Fesler to Stowell Road

(805) 928-3781 ext. 1233
Work cell (805) 331-2329

Officer Jensen has resided in the Santa Maria Valley since 2005, and has been with the Santa Maria Police Department since 2007. He believes strongly in community-oriented policing because a safer community is possible when the community members and the police have mutual respect for one another.  While serving as a community liaison, Officer Jensen continues in his role as a Field Training Officer. 

BEAT Ken Mize Police Officer3: Officer Kenneth Mize
Beat 3 covers the area south of West Morrison, and on the east side of Broadway (State Highway 135), the areas south of Stowell Road.

(805) 928-3781 ext. 1360
Work cell: (805) 249-4798

Officer Kenneth Mize is a born and raised Californian and has been with the department since 2015. Prior to his career with Santa Maria Police Department, he served in the United States Air Force for almost 10 years and continues his service to our country in the United States Air Force Reserves. Officer Mize joined the Community Services Unit with the intention of becoming more involved with the community.  One of his major goals is to work closer with the community to improve the quality of life issues in Santa Maria.

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