34 Santa Barbara County Residents Graduate from the Citizen’s Academy

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Source: Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office

After seven weeks of interactive classes, 34 Santa Barbara County residents graduated on November 17, 2018, from the Citizen’s Academy. The participants ranged from 18 to 45 years of age with different backgrounds, life experiences and perspectives. The group included students, entrepreneurs, educators, social service workers, University staff and medical professionals, just to name a few. The Sheriff’s Office collaborated with the UCSB Police Department and the City of Goleta to put on the free program.

The Citizen’s Academy is designed to give the public an inside look at just some of what law enforcement does on a daily basis to keep its citizens safe. During the course of the program, the participants toured the jail, fired a handgun, took interactive classes in active shooter training, use of force, search and seizure law, building searches and arrest and control, just to name a few. The Citizen’s Academy is also geared for community members interested in a career in law enforcement/public safety and is a great recruitment tool for the Sheriffs’ Office.

Today the participants finished their last class, a K-9 demonstration, at the Sheriff’s Training Bureau. Then, they received their certificates of completion at a graduation ceremony and celebratory BBQ attended by family and friends of the graduates, their instructors and past Citizen Academy graduates. At the ceremony, the crowd applauded each graduate as Sheriff Bill Brown and UCSB Police Lt. Matt Bowman presented them with their certificate of completion.

Upon completion of the Citizen’s Academy, the graduates agreed it was an eye-opening experience and they walked feeling better prepared to look out for their safety and the safety of others.

Robin Brown, who survived the Las Vegas Mass Murder incident in October of 2017 said, “I wanted to learn how to respond to situations like that in the future since t hey tend to be growing in frequency. By participating, I’ve been able to grow stronger and more aware of my surroundings.”

Maria Pacheco, a driving school secretary said, “I really enjoyed the scenarios. It gave me an opportunity to see what deputies do.”

UCSB Sociology Major, Anthony Lameli said, “It was a great opportunity to gain insight on what law enforcement does in our community.”

Senior Deputy Dave Valadez, who has been running the South County Citizen’s Academy for the past six years said, “Every class is special and this one was no exception. This class was unique in that most of them are looking to don a badge and help us keep the peace. In that regard, sharing that will amongst each other, participating in this Academy was a tremendous honor for me.”

Organizers plan to hold more Citizens’ Academies in different areas of Santa Barbara County in the near future to allow more people to participate. To fi nd out when the next Citizen’s Academy is, sign up for Nixle alerts on our website at www.sbsheriff.org or follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
 

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a-1553545511 Nov 24, 2018 10:54 AM
34 Santa Barbara County Residents Graduate from the Citizen’s Academy

You might get a chance to use that to-go bag: "WIND ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 10 PM PST THIS EVENING...* WINDS AND TIMING...North to northwest winds 15 to 30 mph with gusts up to 40 mph will continue across the Santa Barbara South Coast and adjacent foothills through this evening...gusts up to 45 mph over the mountains...* IMPACTS...Gusty winds will make driving difficult on area roads, especially for high profile vehicles. This includes on highways 101, 154, and 192 as well as through the Gaviota and San Marcos passes."

a-1553545511 Nov 24, 2018 09:01 AM
34 Santa Barbara County Residents Graduate from the Citizen’s Academy

I'm interested in the new technology (NASA) used for fire shelters, " The heat-shield material... Embedded in the thin fabric are bits of graphite the size and shape of pepper flakes. When exposed to flames, the graphite causes a layer of fiberglass insulation to expand, creating “a big, fluffy blanket...the material “smart” because it expands only when exposed to high temperatures. Its lightweight design..." See Scientific American article: https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/new-nasa-inspired-fire-shelters-could-better-withstand-blazes/

a-1553545511 Nov 24, 2018 08:33 AM
34 Santa Barbara County Residents Graduate from the Citizen’s Academy

I'm a senior, and have mobility issues. I plan to evacuate early if there's a fire. In my to-go bag I have a list I made of hotels north and south, with directions and phone numbers. I also have medications, toiletries, eye goggles and N95 face mask (protection from smoke), portable radio that is also a high-powered light w/siren, a whistle, water, leather gloves, candy. The bag is sitting by my front door right now, ready to serve me.

a-1553545511 Nov 24, 2018 07:52 AM
34 Santa Barbara County Residents Graduate from the Citizen’s Academy

Seniors: (1) carry purse, don't put in grocery cart while shopping (2) carry fire extinguisher in car - if you see a spot fire on side of road, put it out, or hand extinguisher to someone nearby (3) ask Fire Dept. to do a survey of your home and explain what to do to be fire safe(er) from wildfires (4) if someone knocks at your door, don't open door unless you know the person (5) get an Apple watch, if you fall down, it will call for help (6) if someone is a shooter, walk/run the other way, quickly, don't doubt yourself or feel embarrassed.

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