UCSB Police Department

2016 Citizen's Academy

2016 Citizen's Academy

In partnership with the Santa Barbara Sheriffs Office, we are excited to announce the start of the 2016 Citizen's Academy.  This academy is a great opportunity for community members to grow in their knowledge of public safety, civilian rights, emergency preparedness, as well as the history and policies of local law enforcement agencies.  Topics covered will include Search and Seizure Law, Active Shooter training, K9 Operations and much more! 

Due to maximum capacity, applications are no longer being accepted for the upcoming Citizen’s Academy. We appreciate the great interest we received from students and residents who wanted to be part of this historic group. Future Citizen’s Academies are being planned  to allow more people to participate. Dates and locations will be announced  here on the Community Message Board in the near future.


The Citizen's Academy is free of charge.

To download a PDF copy of the application or schedule click the links at the bottom of this post.

Questions? Email: Community@police.ucsb.edu 

Participants in the Citizen’s Academy must be 18 years of age or older. Applications must be received no later than Friday, March 4, 2016. There are multiple ways you can turn in your application: Scan and email the application to dmv4120@sbsheriff.org or to matt.bowman@police.ucsb.edu; drop it off in a sealed envelope at the SBSO Marketplace Substation (7042 Marketplace Dr., Goleta); drop it off at the UCSB Police Department (Public Safety Bldg. 574, Santa Barbara); drop it off at the Isla Vista Foot Patrol Substation (6504 Trigo Rd., Isla Vista).

The Academy training sessions will be held on Wednesday nights, from 6:00-9:00 p.m., beginning March 9th and continuing through April 20th. You must be able to attend all of these sessions. There will be one Saturday session held on April 23rd for a graduation and celebratory BBQ. Classes will be held at various locations throughout the county. The first class will be held at the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Department Headquarters (4434 Calle Real, Santa Barbara, CA 93110). For more information, please call Sergeant Matt Bowman at 805-729-3288 (cell), or email him at matt.bowman@police.ucsb.edu.
To download a PDF copy of the application or schedule click the following links: