The Santa Barbara Police Department Volunteers in Policing (VIP) Program is accepting applications for community members interested in volunteering at SBPD. Current VIPs have different professional experiences, strong character, and a dedication to public service.

The VIP Program began in the summer of 2017. Participants are valued members of the SBPD family, who contribute to public safety–community relationships by assisting the Santa Barbara Police Department in various non-enforcement capacities that promote the department’s community-oriented policing philosophy.

VIPs regularly walk and assist on State Street, Milpas Street, and the Waterfront, interacting with community members and tourists. They assist the department with traffic control duties, special events, assist the investigative division, help with recruiting events, and work as a greeter in the SBPD lobby.
Basic requirements for potential members of the VIP Program include:

Be at least 21 years of age
Possess a valid California driver’s license
Be a resident of Santa Barbara or nearby communities
Pass a detailed background inspection
Be willing to attend regular meetings
Willingness to volunteer an average of 16 hours per month or 48 hours per quarter
The ability to communicate clearly with police employees and members of the community

For applications or questions about the program, contact program director Howie Giles at, call the recruitment hotline at 805-897-2465, or visit Deadline for application submittal is Oct. 28.