The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office is accepting applications for the upcoming Citizen’s Academy, which offers a behind-the-scenes look at law enforcement in Santa Barbara. The program is hosted by the Santa Barbara Sheriff’s Office.

Participants will engage in topics including the history of law enforcement, criminal law, patrol tactics, and de-escalation communication. They will also participate in hands-on learning such as firearms instruction and active shooter scenarios.

Citizen’s Academy is an opportunity for people interested in law enforcement to learn more about the Sheriff’s Office and the careers it offers.

Participants must be age 18 or older. Applications must be received by Sunday, Jan. 29.  There are multiple ways to submit an application:

  • In-person drop off at Sheriff’s Office headquarters, 4434 Calle Real, Santa Barbara, CA 93110
  • In-person drop off at Isla Vista Foot Patrol Station, 6504 Trigo, Isla Vista.
  • Scan and email your application to Deputy Justin Schroeder:

Academy training sessions will be 6-9 p.m. Thursdays, Feb. 9 through March 23. Participants must be able to attend all sessions. There will be one Saturday morning session on March 25 for a graduation and celebratory barbecue. Classes will be held at various locations throughout the South County.

Read more about the Citizen’s Academy and find the application form at