Social Media Post Leads to Arrest of Off-Duty Police Officer

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Social Media Post Leads to Arrest of Off-Duty Police Officer
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Source: Santa Barbara Police Department

Late Tuesday night, December 17, 2019 the Santa Barbara Police Department became aware through a social media post that an alleged off-duty police officer, who was under the influence of alcohol, became engaged in an argument early Sunday morning inside a local night club.
 
During the argument, which allegedly occurred early Sunday morning on December 15th, the police officer displayed his badge and firearm in a non-official capacity.
 
Within minutes of becoming aware of the post, the Santa Barbara Police Department devoted abundant resources to begin investigating the accuracy of the serious on-line allegations.
 
The officer involved was identified as Marco Pavico, a new University of California Santa Barbara (UCSB) police officer.
 
The Santa Barbara Police Department, in collaboration with the UCSB Police Department investigated the incident. Marco Pavico was arrested by Santa Barbara Police Detectives for battery and brandishing a firearm and he was booked at the Santa Barbara County Jail.
 
Due to the serious allegation, and the authority/trust bestowed upon police officers, the Chief of Police at UCSB acted swiftly and placed Marco Pavico on investigatory leave, seizing his Department issued firearm and suspending his police powers pending further investigation.
 
A criminal investigation by the Santa Barbara Police Department and an investigatory leave investigation by the University of California Santa Barbara (UCSB) Police Department remain ongoing.

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a-1582468660 Dec 22, 2019 09:00 AM
Social Media Post Leads to Arrest of Off-Duty Police Officer

Difference is these guys actually handle cases that affect people's lives. A scary thought that such idiots are doing that, and are getting paid to screw up. This is only the tip of an iceberg.

LocalsOnly Dec 21, 2019 04:34 PM
Social Media Post Leads to Arrest of Off-Duty Police Officer

Good ol' rotten UCSB PD - power tripping cops with nothing much to do are the most dangerous types! I still vividly remember getting blindly attacked from behind and beaten up by a UCSB PD officer when I was 11 years old simply because I was HOLDING a skateboard in an area it was LEGAL to ride a skateboard.

Concerned4Calif Dec 21, 2019 10:21 AM
Social Media Post Leads to Arrest of Off-Duty Police Officer

I am surprised they took any legal action against him as police officers are given wide latitude both on and off duty. The "brotherhood" has a code of silence and is you are a member you get professional courtesy. In fairness, many off duty police officers step up when needed.

a-1582468660 Dec 20, 2019 07:39 PM
Social Media Post Leads to Arrest of Off-Duty Police Officer

UCSB PD never runs out troubles. This is a shameful police force rotten from inside out. More drama here: http://dailynexus.com/2019-10-25/ucpd-plaintiffs-unable-to-come-to-meaningful-settlement-following-first-internal-mediation/

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