UCSB Police Department

Veterans Honor First Responders


On April 19th the Military Order of the World Wars, Chapter 113, honored six outstanding officers of the law and first responders in a recognition luncheon in Santa Barbara.

The veteran’s organization promotes good citizenship, patriotic education, and military and public service, and uses the luncheon to honor those that have lived by its motto: It is nobler to serve than to be served.

The UCSB Police Department received honors for Cpl. Matthew Stern, who was a captain in the Army reserves and who has served at UCSB for a decade. A "Jack of all trades" as his commanding officer described him, Cpl. Stern has been a part of the bike patrol and acted as liaison to the ROTC.

"We are all looking for a purpose," Stern said. "As we look around this room at these people who support us, (I realize) they give us that piece of purpose."

Cpl. Stern is no stranger to awards, as he was the UCSB Police Department's employee of the Year in 2012. Stern also received the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators 2012 Award for Administrative Excellence, as well as the H. Thomas Guerry Award for Superior Service in 2013.

This community message board post was adapted from an article by: TED MILLS, NEWS-PRESS CORRESPONDENT

Cpl Stern is Featured in the photos below.

Photo credit: Zack Warburg Photography