Additional Officers Assigned to Downtown & Promenade

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Source: Santa Barbara Police Department

With recent COVID restrictions lifting, The Santa Barbara Police Department is anticipating an increase in activity in the downtown corridor and State Street Promenade. Starting immediately, there will be additional Officers directly assigned to these areas on an indefinite basis. These Officers will be assigned to foot patrol, bicycle patrol, and/or motorcycle patrol to improve safety for all community members.

Officers will be on duty in the downtown corridor 7 days a week, between the hours of 10:00am – 8:00pm Sunday through Tuesday, and 10:00am – 3:00am Wednesday through Saturday. Officers assigned to work during the evening hours will be primarily responsible for handling night life issues that may stem from the re-opening of many bars, nightclubs, and restaurants. 

Public safety is our number one goal, we want everyone to enjoy Downtown and the Promenade, now that most pandemic restrictions have been lifted and a sense of normalcy is returning to our community. 

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benround Jun 22, 2021 11:52 AM
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I have always thought that more officers on foot in the downtown area was a good idea. I remember as a child growing up in a rural area whenever we would go to a city for shopping etc., my parents always told me that if we got separated to find a police officer, they were not to be feared but were there to help. I think having more officers on foot on the street is a positive step to solving some of the ill feelings of some while providing real time protection just by being present.

sacjon Jun 22, 2021 12:11 PM
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Sounds like a great idea! I was always amazed at how little officers actually patrolled downtown on foot. Seems like a more consistent police presence would deter a lot of the shenanigans!

SBLetsGetAlong Jun 22, 2021 03:04 PM
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Thank you SBPD.
However, Covid lifting means more criminals come out? Really, the criminals followed the Covid rules?
Or are they saying more “victims” will be out & about?

TheKid5 Jun 22, 2021 03:11 PM
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For those of you that don't know, almost 50% of our police budget is already spent on the drunk zones of State Street and the Funk Zone! Most of our residential areas, especially the foothills like the Riviera and Eucalyptus Hill have no police patrols. If there is a 911 call for police, especially on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays in the evening hours, the caller will be lucky to receive a timely police response, if at all! IT IS TIME FOR ALL THE BOOZE DISPENSERS TO PAY FOR THE POLICE PRESENCE THAT THEIR DRUNKS REQUIRE! If you believe that I am wrong, do yourself a favor and ask any local cop if what I write is true or false. I am not voting for any incumbent on the council this November; the worst council in my over 50-years of living in Santa Barbara. It is time for the residential neighborhoods to rise up and be counted and to be given the city services that we pay for and do not receive: Police presence and clean streets!

sacjon Jun 22, 2021 03:42 PM
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THEKIDS - do you have a cite or source for that 50% figure? Regardless, think about what you're saying. You are upset because the police are focused on an area and time that produces far more crime than wealthy residential areas. Do you truly expect them to patrol each area of town equally, at all times? How many drunken brawls, urinating vagrants, drug deals, DUIs, rapes, acts of vandalism, gang fights, etc happen on a nightly basis up there on the Riviera?

ZeroHawk Jun 22, 2021 03:47 PM
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the kids- funny. could you provide some factual data and also where you get those numbers from? Id love to see it. Also, i live within walking distance to downtown, we have just the same wait time as you do. 2 hours was the last one. There is the number for police and the number for emergencies. If you call 911, they will come, quickly. I have plenty of friends on the local PD and they will back up what i just said. they are short handed, have little resources and are working 10-12 hour shifts. 911 is your friend, calling the actual station is a waste of time unless you just want to push buttons and get no where. I actually just use messenger LOL...it's easier for me to contact my friends directly than go through the station. Yes the council is awful, so is Cathy. But think about this, so you want police presence in the riviera? or San Roque? Foothill? That in itself is a waste of resources. So you just want your own police patrol just in case, but let the areas go that actually need it. Why do you need a police presense in your nice neighborhood so badly? I live in a crappy area of town with my kids and we are safe there. Makes me wonder about you 1%ers...

Byzantium Jun 22, 2021 04:09 PM
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The current council is the fruit of "district elections". Which is why we now have the worst city council on record, the second worst was the one preceeding it. District elections were tried in the past and failed. Now they are forced on us by law, and they fail again. Limon and Bennett need to make changes in the law in Sacramento and get rid of failed district elections. We were far better off when the city was run by those how actually showed up and voted for who they wanted running things. Now too many small turnout=full vote districts who are causing this town a lot of long-term damage. Thank Barry Capello and his strong arm CVRA heist of this once fine city into the sinkhole of marginally elected incompetents, thrust on us in by fundamentally unfair district elections. Bring back a single election day, hand counts and at large voting - if you don't show up to vote you don't get a full one vote for your district the way it is now. Takes thousands of votes in some "equal" districts to win a one seat vote, and only a few hundred in other "equal" districts to win another one full seat vote. Recipe for total mismanagement and no accountability. Even term limits did not rescue us from this district election malpractice.

Byzantium Jun 22, 2021 04:18 PM
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Why patrol these downtown crimes if they never result in punishment and conviction. That would be one way for the drunk zones to start paying attention to what they are creating. Stop playing expensive police nanny for them. Residential neighborhoods are seeing increased crimes, break-ins, bike thefts, mailbox thefts, porch pirates, sidewalk merchants, trespass, and casing-out suspicious behavior. Live near a creek and you are in criminal camping central. Day and night. Even daytime car-jackings driving in your own neighborhood. Don't even bother if your car gets stolen - call your insurance company is the official response in the suburbs. Yes, there should be patrols that cover every district in this town. That should also be the message we send out to anyone who thinks they can create crimes of opportunity knowing where they can get away with their criminal conduct. No criminal is safe anywhere in our city limits, is the only message they need to hear.

Byzantium Jun 22, 2021 04:23 PM
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When Roger ran the daily police call roster, easily 50% were the top four exact same revolving door: (1) vagrants, (2) drunks, (3) drugs, (4) gangs, with only the occasional domestic violence. It never changed. It should have. But city councils have long ignored these big four, which are now spreading well beyond down town. One can only conclude "community based policing" has failed and most likely exacerbated what we are facing now all over town. Moving illegal vagrant camps into residential area parks widens the crime zones as was explained they like to "wander in an 8 block area" Mark that area out for every city park out tax dollars now maintain that has been taken over by vagrant camps. Don't even bother with the "covid" excuse. There is no excuse for enabling crime.

a-1624409156 Jun 22, 2021 05:45 PM
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I think THEKIDS has an interesting notion that needs more exploration: those who produce and/or sell harmful products...should definitely have to pay more for the disposal and handling of those products, the harms they cause. The way it is today, the taxpayer pays. And in the case of police, when they're clustered in dealing with the drunk zone, and you need them, you don't get the services you actually paid for. You're subsidizing alcohol producers and bar owners. Why is that good?

Voice of Reason Jun 22, 2021 09:37 PM
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The Kid, they do pay for the police service, more so than residential neighborhoods. Check out the City website on where their revenues come from. Though I do agree with your opinion on most of city council.

TheKid5 Jun 23, 2021 08:10 AM
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Voice of Reason-The downtown liquor dispensing area gets a disproportional amount of police presence compared to the residential neighborhoods, especially in the foothills. There are NO POLICE PATROLS in the foothills and several other residential neighborhoods.
Fact: The bars cost more to police than they pay in sales taxes.

TheKid5 Jun 23, 2021 08:22 AM
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The numbers come from the police-ask the department yourself! There is plenty of crime in the unpatrolled areas of the city. Much of it is not reported. I am not saying we need a police barracks in residential neighborhoods. What we need is police car drive throughs on a regular basis. The term 1%ers make you sound like an elitist. What exactly do you wonder?

ZeroHawk Jun 24, 2021 11:49 AM
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The Kids, ok so you're just making up numbers so you have someone to argue with online? that just seems weird to me. Sorry, i've got better things to do. If you want to come back to the table with some actual facts and provide a source for your data, then we can discuss/debate. I have several buddies working for the PD. I can assure you, your story is just that...a story.

ZeroHawk Jun 22, 2021 03:42 PM
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on a lovely outing? you really put that much into simply going downtown? an "outing" ? your wife and kids must be so thrilled....btw those oinkers are the guys that will help you when some jerkwad from LA jacks your wallet on your lovely outing.

Basicinfo805 Jun 22, 2021 06:53 PM
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Calling our PD pigs is beyond low Shmonk. Would you prefer to not have law enforcement or what? Personally, I like seeing officers around here, especially the way things are trending the last few years in SB.

PitMix Jun 23, 2021 09:29 AM
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I find it interesting that they are casually strolling in the middle of the bike path. I guess they figure the bikers won't run them over? I wouldn't recommend it if you are not carrying weapons, though.

ZeroHawk Jun 23, 2021 03:27 PM
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Folks...Pit and I agree on something for once...yes, don't be like officer clueless in the photo and walk right in the middle of the very clearly marked bike path. Every day I ride two blocks down State from our business and two blocks i have to constantly yell out and tell people to get off the bike path! There are two 3 foot sections for bikes, there is over 50 feet in either direction of the bike lanes for people to walk. That is 100 combined feet to walk in, but some folks like to feel entitled and get in the way of bikes. It's obnoxious at best. I have an air horn and plan to start using it next week again.

Voice of Reason Jun 23, 2021 03:50 PM
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1st, pedestrians have the right of way and bikes (scooters and skaters) should be taking it slow and courteous in mixed use areas like this. 2nd, if you look at the pic, they're at a choke point where there is barely a foot on either side of the bike path.

MarcelK Jun 23, 2021 03:59 PM
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Does anyone know what VOR is talking about? Because he sure doesn't. There are sidewalks on either side of that clearly marked bikeway where pedestrians most certainly do not have the right of way.

MarcelK Jun 23, 2021 07:20 PM
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"you were just telling us people should be walking on the sidewalk not the street..."

Like so much of the Voice of Prevarication writes, this is an intentional misrepresentation.

ZeroHawk Jun 24, 2021 11:52 AM
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wrong. there is a clearly painted green area with white painted bicycles in it and white lines on the outside of it. they are 3 feet wide, each direction. sorry but that is not mixed use, that is for bikes. it's got a bike sign on it, not a pedestrian sign or a scooter. there is 50 feet on either side of that plus two VERY large side walks where bikes and scooters and skate boards can't go. Walk on the side walk if you're too dumb to recognize a very well marked bike lane. sorry too, there is no more entitlement here, it's a bike lane. get over it. if not, then you may get hit.

ZeroHawk Jun 24, 2021 11:59 AM
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VOR, i work on this block. this is up at Fig and State. that is one TINY section, and guess what VOR, there are 25 feet of side walk on either side of the clearly marked bike lane. care to continue to argue facts? I love how people in this city think their own weird ideas are facts when they are nothing more than opinions. a fact is that it's a painted and clearly marked bike path. if you're too dumb to figure that out, go a head and walk in the middle of it and when people are biking home from work, like a lot of us do that work downtown, and you get nailed, it'll all be on you. It's no different than you stepping off a sidewalk and into traffic and then waking because you get hit.

Voice of Reason Jun 24, 2021 12:09 PM
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Zero, I was just talking about that specific section in the picture, where there are parklets/seating on either side of the green bike lane, then yes it opens up. Marc went off a little there and spun the comment around.

Crystalandmaui Jun 23, 2021 02:51 PM
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Great news, Santa Barbara needs to also be safe and clean. I hope they’re out there at night too, a lot of drunk drivers out there. And to many robberies at night. Please keep Santa Barbara safe

PitMix Jun 24, 2021 08:07 AM
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The visually-impaired people were saying that they have a hard time navigating State Street now because of all of the obstacles that exist now. The Law of Unintended Consequences, I guess.

Babycakes Jun 24, 2021 08:25 AM
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Reminds me of some trending news about the Tasmanian devils placed on a remote island off of Australia about ten years ago to keep them safe from disease....then they ate all of the shearwater penguins. Australia has a history of F-ups in this area. How about the smarties who introduced the Golden Eagle to our Channel Islands, only to nearly wipe out the islands foxes.

Byzantium Jun 28, 2021 11:03 AM
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Photo looks exactly how it looked this past Sunday afternoon for those same State blocks - totally empty of pedestrian traffic and very few diners, but one large, idle sprawlers draped across those same empty neon pink cube seats. Looked so empty that I assumed it was getting cleared for the Solstice parade. Any claims this full 10 block long street closure is a success, need to tell us what success looks like. Mainly very empty storefronts as well .Very depressing. An experiment that failed in real life, but seems to have enough cheerleaders to keep it on CPR.

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