2017 Press Releases

St. Patrick's Day has become one of the nation's favorite holidays to celebrate and party. Unfortunately, too many people are taking to the roads after drinking, making the holiday one of our most dangerous.

At its regular meeting on Tuesday, March 21, the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors is expected to adopt a resolution honoring the accomplishments and legacy of Cesar Estrada Chavez.

Two community leaders have joined the First 5 Commission that oversees and directs the work of First 5 Santa Barbara County. First 5 invests sales tax on cigarettes into local programs and services that help children prenatal through age 5 prepare for kindergarten.


On March 12, 2017, 18-year old Filiberto Scott Hernandez was reported as missing by his mother. On March 13, 2017, at approximately 10:30am, a relative and a friend were searching for him and found the subject unresponsive and not breathing at the bottom of the bluffs, East of the Seal Reserve and Rookery.

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office is releasing the identity of the pedestrian who was fatally injured by an Amtrak passenger train earlier today, March 11, 2017. The subject has been identified as 18-year-old Connor O'Keefe of Santa Barbara.

At approximately 1:30 p.m. today, March 11, 2017, a young male adult was walking northbound along the railroad tracks near Fernald Point Lane in Montecito when he was fatally injured by a an Amtrak passenger train that was headed northbound as well.

Film Shows How Brain Science Can Help Break Cycles of Violence and Abuse

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office is requesting public assistance to help identify and locate several suspects wanted for placing skimmer devices on ATM machines at two Rabobanks this past Sunday, March 5, 2017.

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office is pleased to announce that our Santa Barbara Explorer Post 830 is looking for new members. Explorer Post 830 covers the South County and currently has 10 active explorers.