Sheriff Swears-In Six Custody Deputies and Six Sheriff’s Deputies

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Source: Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office

In two separate and socially distanced ceremonies, Sheriff Brown welcomed and swore-in six Custody Deputies and six Sheriff’s Deputies just prior to their graduation ceremonies at the Allan Hancock College Public Safety Academy.

On Tuesday, December 8, 2020, six Custody Deputies graduated from the CORE Custody Academy along with two other classmates, having completed 220-hours of course instruction. Some of the instruction included emergency planning in a custody facility, report writing, ethics, investigation procedures, classification of inmates, contraband detection, arrest and control, physical training and Direct Supervision training. Graduates from the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office include: Jose Blanco, Wei-Chieh Shih, Salvador Vargas, Samuel Villegas, Lia Welkom, and Glenn Williams. Custody Deputy Welkom was honored as the class valedictorian, Blanco received the Ron Battles Award, and Vargas earned the Leadership Award.

Today, six Sheriff’s Deputies graduated from the Basic Law Enforcement Academy, along with 10 other classmates, having completed 751-hours of course instruction. Graduates from the Sheriff’s Office include Steven Cruz, Emanuel DeAlba, Yeshella Jimenez, Tyler Odekirk, Christopher Portman, and Harrison Tabora. Deputy Odekirk was the co-valedictorian and also earned the Marksmanship award, Physical Fitness award, and Scenarios award.  These new deputies will be taking all they have learned in the past six months and continue their growth in the Field Training program. Upon completion of Field Training, they will be patrolling Santa Barbara County as solo deputies. If you are interested in career in law enforcement or know someone who is, please visit our website at SBSheriff.org to apply.

You can watch each of these swearing-in ceremonies on our Instagram page: SantaBarbaraCountySheriff.

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ZeroHawk Dec 11, 2020 12:18 PM
Sheriff Swears-In Six Custody Deputies and Six Sheriff’s Deputies

just 1 and I back up his statement. No love for the SBSD. They are a bunch of unsupervised @zzholz. Would you like me to provide data for that? I have a lot. Specifically the amount of unarmed santa barbara residents that have been murdered by them. This is not the city PD, which I back up 100%. These guys are just, well insert any foul 4 letter word and it will suffice.

ChillinGrillin Dec 11, 2020 12:45 PM
Sheriff Swears-In Six Custody Deputies and Six Sheriff’s Deputies

I have enormous respect for law enforcement. SBPD and the CA Highway Patrol are highly professional, forward thinking, and integrated into the community. The Sheriffs under Bill Brown are, almost without exception in my experience, badly trained and unprofessional. They still have an outdated mentality of not getting out of their cars and responding with too much force. The county jail is a monument to stupidity and cruelty. Sheriff Brown needs to get voted out, Santa Barbara and the sheriffs deserve better.

CoastWatch Dec 12, 2020 09:43 AM
Sheriff Swears-In Six Custody Deputies and Six Sheriff’s Deputies

@CHILLIN- I, too concur 100% with your statement. We lived in the City of SB for years and always thought very highly of SBPD and have had contact with CHP as well. Both are very "professional" in all contacts for service. We now live in the SYV, which is under SBCoSD. They are the absolute contrast to SBPD, which is ashame. They are basically hired armed security guards who have absolutely no ball in the game patroling the SYV. I hope, with the growth that the SYV has seen, that eventually, we could have our own "Police Dept" and simply use the SBCoSD for bookings and jail services.

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