Santa Barbara Asks Community Input on Future Police Chief

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Santa Barbara Asks Community Input on Future Police Chief
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Source: City of Santa Barbara

The City invites you to take a confidential survey regarding your perspectives on the next Chief of Police and the Police Department. The survey will begin a conversation about what is needed in this key position. We look forward to your feedback and value your opinion! 

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Ehdat Mar 31, 2021 07:15 AM
Santa Barbara Asks Community Input on Future Police Chief

Thats a huge challenge. It usually takes a fairly long career and years of experienve to reach being considered for being the Chief. So the competitive field of candidates, typically are close to retirement. I am sure the new Fire Chief announced yesterday, could technically retire any day. Retirement formulas for people at that age are based on their highest year of income, so it is not uncommon for top level managers to be close to retirement, so they get their " golden handshake" as a thanks for their lifetime of service.

monkeyboy Mar 30, 2021 11:29 AM
Santa Barbara Asks Community Input on Future Police Chief

Agree with OOPS, hire an actual police chief, who will run a police department full of police officers that actually police the neighborhoods. Ludhow was a nice face on a totally broken system and the neighborhood property crime epidemic shows it.

doulie Mar 30, 2021 11:30 AM
Santa Barbara Asks Community Input on Future Police Chief

The selection for chief should come from within the department. Why weren't one of the command officers (Captain's) in the PD selected for the current interim position? Why not? An interim chief comes in and knows absolutely nothing about the inner workings/personnel with the department. I'm concerned if a command officer was not pushing for the position; more concerned if the City Administrator does not have the confidence in any of the command officers ability to handle the position. I suspect there may be a lieutenant or two that may be qualified, can they be considered. Moving up to the next step I'm sure takes time due to the few Captain slots I understand are in the department. Either way this should be a concern for members of the department, especially the command officers. Let's hear a valid explanation why the city looks outside the department for the next Police Chief.

AwareHuman Mar 30, 2021 12:42 PM
Santa Barbara Asks Community Input on Future Police Chief

Yes to in-house selection. Surely there are capable choices WITHIN! If not....that is disconcerting. Neighborhood precinct edifices would be an improvement too, or at least neighborhood foot/ bicycle patrols.

bornatcottageho... Mar 30, 2021 12:48 PM
Santa Barbara Asks Community Input on Future Police Chief

Hire from within? Nah, too simple. Conduct a nationwide search. Get a number of candidates. Fly them out, put them up and give them per diems! LOL.

Is there anyone in the department who is actually from SB and lives in SB? That's the person who should be considered.

a-1617137932 Mar 30, 2021 01:58 PM
Santa Barbara Asks Community Input on Future Police Chief

For starters, why does the City even have an HR department if they are going to continually drop money on expensive, OUT-OF-TOWN "executive search" consultants, who have no intimate knowledge of the City's needs? Ridiculous.

PitMix Mar 30, 2021 02:08 PM
Santa Barbara Asks Community Input on Future Police Chief

Require that they live in the County. Make the vesting period for their pension 10 yrs unless they are fired for cause. I'm okay with bringing in someone from outside just to inject some fresh blood into the old boys network.

doulie Mar 30, 2021 02:38 PM
Santa Barbara Asks Community Input on Future Police Chief

PIT - I don't think people in the city benefit by placing these restrictions any more than they do by lowering hiring standards to become an officer. Don't want to change anything that will not give us the best qualified. What is "the old boys network?"

PitMix Mar 31, 2021 07:17 AM
Santa Barbara Asks Community Input on Future Police Chief

Old boys network is the group of mainly guys that have come up through the ranks together and endured decades of the crap that cops encounter in their daily work. Plus they are taught to protect each other at all costs, no matter what is going on. So how does someone from that group discipline their friends and do what is right for the community instead of what is best for their friends?

Roger Mar 30, 2021 02:28 PM
Santa Barbara Asks Community Input on Future Police Chief

I think we need a nice Liberal Police Chief, A hippie with long hair someone who resembles Jesus with a darker shade of complexion Someone who listens to the Grateful Dead and smokes alot of Grass. He or She only wears moccasins with blue jeans and Tye Dye 100 percent cotton, eats only natural foods and shops at the Farmers Market..I think it's HIGH TIME the SBPD hires a Hippie as our Police Chief....You asked for my opinion and here it is.

JB86 Mar 30, 2021 05:46 PM
Santa Barbara Asks Community Input on Future Police Chief

How 'bout a serious enforcer, say a captain from LAPD Metro? Never happen, of course. Preference will be a liberal person of color, maybe an alternative sexual identity. Very progressive. Why are they even asking? The powers that be already know what they intend to do, and LE bona fides isn't high on the list of qualifications.
All that said, and implied, I think they should hire from within. Such would be good for morale and enable the new chief to hit the ground running with a chief that already knows the community.

ZeroHawk Mar 31, 2021 09:31 AM
Santa Barbara Asks Community Input on Future Police Chief

we had a "serious enforcer" which was Cam Sanchez and he was an @ss of the highest order, created a massive void and a terrible "us vs them" environment. No thanks. We need good community policing, not a bunch of thugs. we did that and it was bad.

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