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Santa Barbara County Sheriff
Thursday March 14th, 2019 :: 04:57 p.m. PDT


Applications Being Accepted for the Sheriff’s Citizen’s Academy

Applications are now being accepted for the 2019 Santa Barbara South County Sheriff’s Citizen’s Academy. This exciting, seven-week Academy begins on Wednesday, April 10th. Classes will be held every Wednesday through May 15th from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. The Academy will be held at various locations throughout the South County. A final graduation celebration will be held on Saturday, May 18th. The 2019 Citizen’s Academy is co-hosted with the UCSB Police Department and is free. There are only 40 spots available, on a first come, first serve basis. Applicants must be at least 18 years of age to participate. 100% attendance is required.

The Sheriff’s Citizen’s Academy is a great way for the public to get an exclusive, inside look at what the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office does on a daily basis to protect and serve its citizens. The classes will include lecture and hands-on law enforcement training. The Academy is scheduled to involve Arrest and Control, Firearms, Active Shooter Response, Building Searches, a tour of the Main Jail, as well as presentations by the agency’s K9 Unit, and much more. There will also be a presentation made by Sheriff Bill Brown.

If you have questions about becoming a part of the Santa Barbara South County Sheriff’s Citizen’s Academy, email Senior Deputy Dave Valadez at or call him at 805-669-8031.

To fill out an application, go to our website at Once the application is complete, please e-mail it to Senior Deputy Dave Valadez at You can also drop off your application at the Sheriff’s Marketplace sub-station located at 7042 Marketplace Drive in Goleta.

The spots fill up quickly, so a prompt response is recommended!


Santa Barbara County Sheriff
4434 Calle Real
Santa Barbara, CA 93110

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