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scholarship recipients Explorer Cpl. Maya Panizzon and Explorer Sgt. Ronan Valadez
September 17, 2023

Source: Raquel Zick for Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Benevolent Posse has awarded two college scholarships, each valued at $2,500, to outstanding members of the Sheriff’s Office Explorer Program, Post 31.

Explorer Sgt. Ronan Valadez and Explorer Cpl. Maya Panizzon were recipients of the awards after a rigorous selection process.

Valdez and Panizzon demonstrated their unwavering commitment to academic excellence and a future in law enforcement by competing in a highly competitive application process, Sheriff’s Benevolent Posse...

Explorer Sergeant Ronan Valadez accepting a scholarship award
September 16, 2023


Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Explorer Sergeant Ronan Valadez and Explorer Corporal Maya Panizzon were recently awarded college scholarships by the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Benevolent Posse.

Valadez and Panizzon distinguished themselves through their unwavering commitment to academic excellence and a future in law enforcement by competing in a highly competitive application process. Both are members of the Sheriff's Office Explorer Program, Post 31.

The Sheriff's Benevolent Posse highlighted...

sean koffel - Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Benevolent Posse Board President
July 31, 2023

Sheriff’s Posse Continues Efforts to Raise Funds for Urgent Sheriff’s Office Needs

Santa Barbara, CA (May 30, 2023) – Sean Koffel of Montecito has been elected President of the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Benevolent Posse Board of Directors.

The Posse Board also re-elected Richard Kline of Los Alamos as Board Chairman and elected David Baskett of Santa Maria as Treasurer; Marianne Freeman of Santa Barbara as Secretary; and Dana Mazzetti of Montecito, Jay Gerlach of Santa Barbara, and Suzanne Kramer-Morton of Sant Ynez as Vice Presidents.


boots n badges poster artwork
April 22, 2023

An afternoon fundraising event to benefit the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Benevolent Posse, known as “Boots ‘n Badges,” will be held at the Red River Ranch in Los Olivos on Saturday, May 13.

The event is slated to run from 2 to 5:30 p.m. and will feature up-close, live demonstrations by several Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Deputies including its bomb squad and K-9 and mounted enforcement units.

Among the highlights planned for the event, the mounted unit will show how it trains its horses in crowd control techniques, the bomb squad will demonstrate its robot by...

Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office Explorer members are interested in careers in law enforcement. (Courtesy photo)
August 31, 2022

Source: Robert Minter for Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office

College scholarships for members of the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office Explorer Program are now available, thanks to a $100,000 endowment fund established by the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Benevolent Posse.

Scholarship applications will be made available to all current Explorer Program participants. The endowment, created to fund scholarships in perpetuity, was conceived and sponsored by Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Benevolent Posse Board member Richard Berti and his family through the fund’s initial...

Mounted Enforcement Unit team patrols at county parks, special events, and is used for crowd control. (Courtesy photo)
April 9, 2021

Source: Raquel Zick for Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office

New riding helmets will serve dual purposes

The Sheriff’s Benevolent Posse has donated new riding helmets to members of the Sheriff’s Mounted Enforcement Unit. The Sheriff’s Benevolent Posse is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation that raises funds for the benefit of the Santa Barbara Sheriff’s Office,

The posse was formed by local residents to find ways to help the Sheriff’s Office improve efficiency, performance and morale by helping fill the gap between the county's...

Chris Hartman
March 5, 2021

A Santa Ynez man has been elected president of the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Benevolent Posse, which also announced its slate of executive officers for the coming year.

Chris Hartman is assuming the gavel from ...

Benevolent Posse Board Chair, Richard Kline; Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown; Benevolent Posse Board President, Sara Oshaughnessy; Sheriff’s Lieutenant, Erik Raney; Benevolent Posse Board Secretary, Diana Vandervoort.
August 20, 2020

The Santa Barbara Sheriff’s Benevolent Posse provided the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department with a $10,000 anonymous donation last week, which will be used to purchase supplies and personal protective equipment for Sheriff’s personnel.

Board members for the Benevolent Posse, a nonprofit that raises money for the Sheriff’s Office, recently presented the donation to Sheriff Bill Brown at the Sheriff’s headquarters. The Sheriff’s Office will use the donation to purchase much-needed PPE for line level staff who work in patrol and custody settings. The funds will also be used for...

sheriff's office new dog
June 24, 2019

By Brooke Holland, Noozhawk Staff Writer | @NoozhawkNewsJune 23, 2019 | 11:35 p.m.

After intensive training, German shepherd and his handler, Deputy Shane Moore, have been on duty as a team for about 2 months

A new dog has joined the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Department’sK-9 unit and will be an essential resource for law...

Duke, the new Santa Barbara Sheriff's Office K-9, trains with handler Deputy Brian Scott in Pioneer Park in Orcutt
November 12, 2018

by Mike Hodgson

When an armed robbery went down early in the evening Nov. 2 in Santa Maria, the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office’s newest K-9 team was among the units that responded to the area of West Orange and South Pine streets.

Although they’ve officially been on duty since Oct. 22, it marked the first real callout for Duke and handler Deputy Brian Scott, who were joined by the sheriff’s K-9 team of Deputy Mike McNeil and Magnum to search nearby yards for the suspect and weapon.

“I thought it was successful,” Scott said last Friday, taking a break with Duke...

Duke, a 2-year-old German shepherd, was introduced last week as the newest member of the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Department's K-9 Unit. KENNETH SONG/NEWS-PRESS PHOTOS
November 5, 2018

Duke will allow 24/7 K-9 coverage throughout county

2018-11-05 15:48:51 GMT

Duke, who was born in Germany, was recently purchased from the Inglis Police Dog Academy in Oxnard and started on the force last week.

His handler is Deputy Brian Scott, an 11-year veteran of the sheriff's office who formerly served as a detective in the sheriff's major crimes bureau.

During a meet-and-greet event Thursday at Tucker's Grove Park, Deputy Scott and his new companion went through a demonstration. Deputy Scott...

October 21, 2018

by Naja Hill

LOS OLIVOS, Calif. - Mattei's Tavern hosted a dinner and auction Sunday night to benefit the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Benevolent Posse.

The Benevolent Posse is a nonprofit organization that helps provide funding to the Sheriff's office and supplements their financial needs due to a strained county budget. The Benevolent Posse help pay for things like equipment and the upkeep of the Sheriff's K-9 unit.

Guests were also greeted at the Tavern's historical post at Mattei's front entrance by the Sheriff’s Mounted Enforcement Unit. At the dinner, they got...

Mattei's Tavern in Los Olivos
October 12, 2018

by Mike Hodgson

The history as well as the future of Mattei’s Tavern in Los Olivos will be presented at a late afternoon dinner and auction to benefit the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Benevolent Posse.

Mattei’s Tavern, at 2350 Railway Ave., will be the location of the fundraiser from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. Sunday, said a spokesman for the Sheriff’s Benevolent Posse.

Noted Santa Ynez Valley Historical Society historian John Copeland will guide attendees into the past with “Tales of Mattei’s,” little-known stories of the famous and infamous who visited the stage and rail...

evidence-drying cabinet
July 31, 2018

by Gina Kim for Santa Maria Times

Crime scene lab technicians now will be able to handle evidence more quickly and efficiently, thanks to the donation of two advanced air-drying cabinets to the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office.

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Benevolent Posse donated the $14,000 cabinets, which now are installed at the sheriff's Santa Maria substation and Santa Barbara headquarters. The purpose of the cabinets is to protect evidence from airborne pathogens and cross-contamination while protecting personnel from exposure to odors, harmful bacteria and...

deputy ian ur and krypto
July 9, 2018

by Mathew Burciaga

The newest hire by Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office has been described by his partner as driven, high-energy and confident — qualities that make the four-legged crime fighter a key asset to the overwhelmingly two-legged law enforcement operation.

Krypto, a 14-month-old black Labrador, began his assignment at the Santa Barbara County Jail earlier this week. Named after Superman's iconic canine companion, Krypto joins Ian Ur, the Santa Barbara County sheriff's custody deputy and lifelong Superman fan appointed as his handler, as a member of the Sheriff's...

deputy ian ur and krypto
July 5, 2018

By Paul Gonzalez, News-Press Staff Writer

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office's newest recruit will be tasked with sniffing out illegal drugs at the County Jail.

According to a Sheriff's Office News Release 14-month old Krypto, a high energy black Labrador, started his new assignment with the Jail K-9 Narcotics Team this week alongside his handler, four year veteran Custody Deputy Ian Ur.

The team was formed to reduce issues related to the sale, distribution and use of drugs in the jail....

deputy ian ur and krypto
July 3, 2018

By Emely Navarro

The Santa Barbara Sheriff's office introduced a new narcotics K9 to their team Monday. 

Krypto is a specially trained narcotics dog, purchased through funding from the Sheriff's Benevolent Posse's Project Deputy Dog program. His first day with at the Santa Barbara County Jail was July 2. He is trained to detect marijuana, cocaine, ecstasy, heroin and methamphetamine.

The dog, alongside his handler Custody Deputy Ian Ur, will work to locate narcotics and reduce drug issues inside the county jail and the Northern Branch Jail when...

keyt dare donation
October 10, 2017

Sheriff's Benevolent Posse donates $40,000

by Dave Alley

ORCUTT, Calif. - Elementary students in Northern Santa Barbara County are continuing to receive D.A.R.E. education in school thanks to a recent donation by the Sheriff's Benevolent Posse.

"What it means is the D.A.R.E. program continues on," said Leslie Avila, (Ret.) Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Deputy...

September 30, 2017

The Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors, on Sept. 19, approved acceptance of a $40,000 donation from the Sheriff’s Benevolent Posse, (a 501(c)(3) nonprofit), to help fund the continued Sheriff’s D.A.R.E program.

The D.A.R.E. program provides local children with skills and strategies that will help them avoid negative influences and focus on their own strengths and realization of their potential.

The Benevolent Posse’s donation will be instrumental in allowing the Sheriff’s Office to continue the delivery of the Sheriff’s D.A.R.E. program to several schools within the...

k9 odin santa barbara sheriff deputy dog
August 12, 2017

Sheriff's Benevolent Posse announces $160,000 goal to add two K-9 deputies to Sheriff's Department lineup

by Shomik Mukherjee, Noozhawk Intern

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department wants to bring on two new crime-fighting dogs to assist in law enforcement efforts, and a partnering organization has launched a fundraising campaign to purchase and train the German shepherds.