Five new Santa Barbara Police Department officers will hit the streets Monday after completing 23 weeks of academy training and graduating from the Ventura County Criminal Justice Training Center. The department provided short bios for each new officer:
– Officer Sara Baca possesses a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology and Fitness from California State University, Long Beach
– Officer Bryce Ford studied Criminal Justice at Santa Barbara City College and is a veteran of the United States Marine Corps. He is the son of local resident and former Santa Barbara High School and NBA basketball player Don Ford. Officer Ford received the Police Academy’s Outstanding Personal Traits Award.
– Officer Katrina Freeman possesses a Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science from the University of California at Davis.
– Officer Justin Hesketh is a former Santa Barbara Police Department Parking Enforcement Officer.
– Officer Nicholas Molina possesses a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from California State University, Channel Islands. Officer Molina received the Police Academy’s Outstanding Physical Fitness Award.