|Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office|
Flag of Santa Barbara County, California
|Common name||Santa Barbara County Sheriff|
"Keeping the Peace Since 1850"
|Annual budget||US$112,730,087 (2012)|
|Operations jurisdiction||Santa Barbara, California, United States of America|
|Map of Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office's jurisdiction.|
|Size||2,745 sq mi (7,110 km2)|
|Legal jurisdiction||Santa Barbara County, California|
The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office (SBSO) provides law enforcement for the unincorporated areas of Santa Barbara County, California, as well as several cities within the county. The cities that the Sheriff's Office provides police services for include Buellton, Carpinteria, Goleta and Solvang. In total the 640 full-time employees of the Sheriff's Office are responsible for 2,745 square miles (7,110 km2) of the county.
Founded in 1850, the Santa Barbara Sheriff's Office is the oldest law enforcement agency in the state. In its early days, the department battled outlaws Salomon Pico and Jack Powers. Initially having a single Sheriff, aided only by a jailer and guard in charge of the chain gang, the department now has over 600 full-time employees.
The North County Operations Division starts at the Gaviota Tunnel and extends north to the San Luis Obispo County line as well as east to the Kern County and Ventura County lines. The division has patrol stations in Buellton, Lompoc, New Cuyama, Santa Maria and Solvang.
The South County Operations Division boundaries extend south from Gaviota Tunnel to the Ventura County line and west, from the crest of the Santa Ynez Mountains to three islands in the Santa Barbara Channel with patrol stations in Carpinteria, Goleta and Isla Vista.
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