2017 Press Releases

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office is pleased to debut our new upgraded and very user-friendly website. The responsive, mobile-compatible, interactive site is more than 120 pages long and includes more than 650 photos and dozens of informative videos.

The Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors revised the Vicious Dog article of the County ordinance, providing more options for hearing officers to set restrictions on owners or deem a dog vicious.

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office would like to alert the public about several reports of "virtual kidnapping" extortion calls we have received.

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Search and Rescue Team (SBCSAR) is looking for new members to join its team. SBCSAR is holding its final recruitment meeting of the year tomorrow,Wednesday, November 15, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. at the Sheriff's Search and Rescue station located at 66 S. San Antonio Road in Santa Barbara.

Santa Barbara County District Attorney Joyce E. Dudley announced today that a criminal Complaint has been filed against James Gelb. Mr. Gelb is being charged with one count of Disturbing the Peace, in violation of California Penal Code section 415(3).

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Search and Rescue Team (SBCSAR) is looking for new members to join its team. SBCSAR is holding its final recruitment meeting of the year this coming Wednesday, November 15, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. at the Sheriff's Search and Rescue station located at 66 S. San Antonio Road in Santa Barbara.

At approximately 6 p.m. yesterday, November 10, 2017, the Santa Barbara County Public Safety Dispatch Center received a 911 call from a citizen reporting a possible burglary in progress at a residence in the 300 Block of Hassett Court in Santa Maria.

33-year-old Gabriel Manuel Olivas is wanted for an outstanding felony no bail warrant. Olivas has served a sentence in a California state prison for a conviction of Penal Code §29900(A)(1), being a felon in possession of a firearm with a prior conviction.

In cooperation with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Santa Barbara County Parks was granted a Private Stocking Permit for up to 16,000 pounds of triploid rainbow trout for 2017-18; twice as much as was granted in 2016!

In celebration of America Recycles Day on November 15, the Santa Barbara County Public Works Department encourages community members to increase their recycling efforts by visiting www.LessIsMore.org, the region's ultimate recycling and waste reduction resource.