Santa Maria Sun / News
The following articles were printed from Santa Maria Sun [santamariasun.com] - Volume 14, Issue 41
The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Department gets some new hires and some potential funding
BY AMY ASMAN
It’s been a busy month for the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department. In addition to fighting crime, department officials recently announced they’ve hired five new deputies.
Adam Alegria, Tyler Manley, Aaron Kanes, Derek Spears, and Cameron Ferrell graduated along with 20 other recruits from the Allan Hancock College Law Enforcement Academy on Dec. 12. They completed more than 800 hours of training.
In an e-mail to the Sun, Sheriff’s Department representative Kelly Hoover said the newly graduated deputies are being assigned to patrol operations and will undergo 16 weeks of mandatory field training.
“After they are done with their field training, they could potentially be assigned to the North County patrol division,” Hoover said in the e-mail. “While there are no immediate plans to utilize their assistance in the jail, they could be assigned if staffing levels became an issue.”
Hoover said there will also be a graduation ceremony for 14 custody deputies on Dec. 20 in Goleta.
The department also recently announced that the Board of State and Community Corrections’ executive steering committee recommended that Santa Barbara County receive full funding—nearly $39 million—for construction of a Sheriff’s Transition And Re-entry (S.T.A.R.) complex in the North County Jail.
The department submitted an application to the board in October for the Senate Bill 1022 Construction of Criminal Justice Facilities grant.
In a statement to the media, Sheriff Bill Brown said the news “is huge for Santa Barbara County.”
He said the $38.9 million will be added to the county’s previous award of $80 million, thus allowing officials to “design and build a properly sized jail.”
“It will be a model for safely housing criminal offenders, but also for delivering rehabilitative services that will change lives and ultimately reduce recidivism,” Brown said in the statement. “It will provide a better learning environment for inmates, a safer and more pleasant place for custody staff to work, and it will result in a tremendous boost to our local economy at a time when we need more jobs and economic vitality.”
The Board of State and Community Corrections is expected to make a final decision at its next board meeting on Jan. 16 in Los Angeles.