Santa Barbara Makes a Case for a New Police Station

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Santa Barbara Makes a Case for a New Police Station
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Source: City of Santa Barbara

Increases in both city population and staffing have made a new police station a necessity. The new facility will bring all divisions into one building, creating a more efficient and cohesive police force that will be relevant for at least the next 50 years.

Modernizing operations within the building, and creating a welcoming and community-centric facility, will create a safe and effective Police Station.

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yacht rocked Apr 11, 2019 09:30 AM
Santa Barbara Makes a Case for a New Police Station

@Tagdes, hence the suggestion to SELL the current SBPD HQ and City Hall. That should cover much of it. Also, the City controls the Sears property zoning and has eminent domain rights to force a sale to the City in their back pocket.

tagdes Apr 11, 2019 09:08 AM
Santa Barbara Makes a Case for a New Police Station

For those that missed this discussion the last few times...the Sears building is not an option. The city does not have and can not budget the funds to buy any huge property. That's why all of the locations considered are already city owned.

Factotum Apr 10, 2019 05:29 PM
Santa Barbara Makes a Case for a New Police Station

Consolidation of area public safety services would serve everyone, except for those now employed by all these balkan agencies, each with their own administrative structure, egos and expenses. It is a worthy goal - a transition plan to reach that goal should be on the table. Good election issue. If district elections did not lead to even further balkanization.

yacht rocked Apr 10, 2019 03:09 PM
Santa Barbara Makes a Case for a New Police Station

Another example: In a dozen or so years, much if not most of the City's vehicle fleet will be electric and require charging stations, fast battery swaps, or whatever that future technology is. The Sears site has room to accommodate that future without major disruption to ongoing operations. The "New City Hall" could also provide community meeting spaces, teleconferencing facilities, etc, and still have room to grow and accommodate future needs as required. Think Smart SB (TSSB!)

yacht rocked Apr 10, 2019 06:37 AM
Santa Barbara Makes a Case for a New Police Station

Buy the Sears building and remodel to serve as central police/fire/emergency services, and City Hall. Use the former Tire Center as city vehicle maintenance facility and storage lot. Sell the downtown City Hall and Police HQ properties to developers. Fire Station 1 will appreciate the extra space when their admin folk move to La Cumbra. SB needs to think long term, and here's an opportunity to do that.

Potif Apr 11, 2019 07:58 PM
Santa Barbara Makes a Case for a New Police Station

They used to do all sorts of auto repair and maintenance in the ‘tire center’. Had work done on my car often many years ago. It’s already set up to be able to do the maintenance police cars would need.

tagdes Apr 11, 2019 04:15 PM
Santa Barbara Makes a Case for a New Police Station

City Fire just moved their admin right next door to newly remodeled and equipped facilities on Chapala. Pipe dreams need a little research. This would not work any more than having everyone having to take all their city business to the end of the city limits. Hey we've got lots of city property out by our airport...lets just move public works, the corp yard and the desal plant all out there....Not

a-1566605727 Apr 09, 2019 09:06 PM
Santa Barbara Makes a Case for a New Police Station

I worked on the first report to City administrators 10 yrs ago informing them that the building was structurally deficient. It sends chills down my spine to think what might happen if there was a major earthquake in the city in the middle of the day when that building is full. The SBPD wouldn’t be able to respond to a disaster, because, well..... Build them a new building already! Let’s get into the modern age of policing. Thank you SBPD!

a-1566605727 Apr 09, 2019 08:50 PM
Santa Barbara Makes a Case for a New Police Station

Great job! Really appreciate the SBPD needs new digs. That building is way outdated and not healthy. People, we need to support our police. I wouldn't want to work in that building. And it doesn't help that as the city grew, so the police had to grow. Where were they supposed to grow to? We need to realize that our needs changed as a city, but the SBPD building was frozen in time, and assumed to never need to change, for 60 years. Time to get real.

a-1566605727 Apr 09, 2019 08:45 PM
Santa Barbara Makes a Case for a New Police Station

The $100 million dollar question is where is the funding going to come from? There isn’t a dime for this except for iPhone videos and YouTube. Is Cearnal really selling this? Stooged out. SB has jumped the shark. Thanks to Cathy Murillo and her union labor agreement, all the money spent will go to out of town contractors. Thanks!!

a-1566605727 Apr 10, 2019 03:20 PM
Santa Barbara Makes a Case for a New Police Station

yeah TADGES, i sure did TRY to watch the video, maybe the fact I name checked Cearnal would alert you to the fact I had. So apparently you didn't get all the way through, clown. How many years will it take to get that funding through the 1cent tax, wiz? And the darkness you speak of alleging I voted for it, I can assure you i DID NOT.

a-1566605727 Apr 09, 2019 08:39 PM
Santa Barbara Makes a Case for a New Police Station

Less cars. More footwork and real ‘policing’. Thankfully, if all else fails, the popo have that sweet bearcat they love to use for s kitty in a tree and a new command post at the ready. Mobil up.

citizenSB Apr 09, 2019 08:15 PM
Santa Barbara Makes a Case for a New Police Station

The building was built in 1959 when the population of SB was approx 58,000 today it is approx 92,000, an increase of 59%. I'd like to understand why the staffing has grown much more than 59% and how it compares to similar size cities.

Sam The Dog Apr 10, 2019 09:30 AM
Santa Barbara Makes a Case for a New Police Station

VERY GOOD QUESTION CitizenSB! I've previously read we have one of the highest city employee to population ratios in the state. Another question for everyone, does it feel like all these extra city employees make things easier for citizens and businesses or a harder?

Factotum Apr 09, 2019 05:51 PM
Santa Barbara Makes a Case for a New Police Station

At one time we lived in a society that pretty much policed itself - benignly because of mutually shared values. The Golden Rule covered most personal decisions. .Kids could grow up free-range. You knew your parents would punish you if you did things wrong. Police work must have been a lot easier back then. Thanks to the social revolution in the 1960's, life today is just the opposite. Yes, a lot of the good old days were good. Too bad so much of what was good got broken, when we tried to make things "better".

PitMix Apr 10, 2019 08:27 AM
Santa Barbara Makes a Case for a New Police Station

Yes, those segregated days with Jim Crow laws were really wonderful. Notice that only the white people look back on those days with rose-colored glasses. I have news for you- Norman Rockwell towns were not the norm, ever.

SantaBarbaraObserver Apr 10, 2019 07:10 AM
Santa Barbara Makes a Case for a New Police Station

Way to whitewash history Facto, as if people were really that different... They're the same we just have a whole lot more visibility and perhaps most importantly, a whole lot more people. Be sure to say high to Wally, Lumpy and Eddie on your way back to Revisionist-ville...

All Sides Apr 09, 2019 04:17 PM
Santa Barbara Makes a Case for a New Police Station

I agree with SBO. It will never get cheaper, and people that know more than I do say it is necessary. The location probably hinges on several factors (that was my big word sentence for the day) that will make whatever spaces that are available more or less desirable. I was wondering if any space was available in Hope Ranch. Centrally located, easy freeway access, and not too far from the jail. Also, the Hope Ranch patrol could keep the Riffraff away. And I Hope you know that I am kidding.

klcshank Apr 09, 2019 04:17 PM
Santa Barbara Makes a Case for a New Police Station

My late father proudly protected and served with Santa Barbara City Police from 1954-1983. When the police department was moved from the basement of the Courthouse to the "new" facility in 1959 the police station was almost already obsolete. At the early time of his career all an officer had was his uniform, gun, keys, and a night stick. Now there are vests, shotguns, body cams, portable radios, computer and more equipment than I can list. The Police department also has a much larger police force and more equipment that is necessary to the daily performance of their duties. The building is not large enough by far. The plumbing and electrical facilities have always had their issues. The asbestos contained within the building is dangerous enough all on its own. In the video shown in the article very little has changed since my Father retired in 1983. We do need a new facility. The choice of location has to be done with much care so that the city is properly supported for the next 60 plus years .

REX OF SB Apr 10, 2019 09:35 PM
Santa Barbara Makes a Case for a New Police Station

KLCSHANK: I knew Dave, your dad, when he was a cop. A finer police officer you couldn’t find. I completely agree with everything you said. We’ve got to get a handle on this police station business. I personally think everyone’s overthinking it.

a-1566605727 Apr 09, 2019 03:02 PM
Santa Barbara Makes a Case for a New Police Station

What about putting it where the old dinosaur Sears store was located? Heck, the new station could fit in the upper parking lot alone & the City could turn the old store into a homeless shelter. Perfect!

ZeroHawk Apr 09, 2019 03:42 PM
Santa Barbara Makes a Case for a New Police Station

don't down vote this comment...this is fact. our city looks like shit! the roads and infrastructure are collapsing. sorry, but a fancy new building for the POPO come last on the list of how to spend my tax dollars....yall can get used to it (being in a cramped spot)

SantaBarbaraObserver Apr 09, 2019 12:09 PM
Santa Barbara Makes a Case for a New Police Station

My guess is that we'll have a pretty decent earthquake in the next couple of years that will cause the current building to become unusable and we'll be forced to spend 5x as much to build something quickly in a less than optimal location while paying outrageous rent to some LLC to house them in the meantime. Then in 10 years we'll look back and ask: "Why didn't we just build it at the ______, when we had a chance?". It will mimic every other major development in this town. Delayed for years and costing exponentially more because a few bored, loud, NIMBY-nosey Santa Barbara folks were outraged at the idea of a new police station taking over their pristine parking lot or losing their favorite old 1950's shack or some other ridiculous reasoning... Build it ASAP, its never going to get cheaper.

LocalinSB Apr 09, 2019 11:35 AM
Santa Barbara Makes a Case for a New Police Station

PR Stunt - Move it North and out of the downtown. It doesn't make any sense in the long-term to have a police station downtown. It is too expensive and there is no opportunity for expansion years down the road. Move it North!

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