2019 Press Releases

The Santa Barbara County Executive Office announced today that the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office and the Department of Behavioral Wellness has been awarded $2,145,000 over three years ($715,000/year) to staff and support two law enforcement mental health co-response teams for the county.

The Santa Barbara County Public Health Department reminds residents that flu season is fast approaching and it is time to get a flu shot. Significant flu activity can begin as early as October, last as late as May, and typically peaks in February.

October 6th-12th has been declared "National Fire Prevention Week", a time to reflect on our nations past fire history, remembering the "Great Chicago Fire of 1871" and how out of that tragedy, a national interest in fire prevention and safety emerged.

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office Cannabis Compliance Team served several unrelated search warrants over the past week in an effort to eradicate illegal, unlicensed and unregulated marijuana operations.

In recognition of September as National Preparedness Month, Santa Barbara County Air Pollution Control District (APCD) and Santa Barbara County Public Health Department encourage Santa Barbara County residents to plan for poor air quality conditions caused by future wildfire smoke.

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The fall season is upon us at Cachuma Lake bringing with it a serene atmosphere for relaxation, boating, fishing, picnicking and overnight camping.

Five juveniles who were in a stolen vehicle, led Santa Maria deputies on a high-speed pursuit after stealing alcohol from an Orcutt store. Deputies called off the pursuit due to unsafe conditions, but the vehicle continued to drive erratically until it crashed. Deputies were able to take four out of the five juveniles into custody.

The Santa Maria/Santa Barbara County Continuum of Care (CoC) is applying for $2,272,896 in federal funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to support the work of local homeless service providers.

Sheriff Bill Brown announced today that on Monday, October 10, 2019, Raquel Zick will become the new public information officer for the Sheriff's Office.