Five New Officers Join SBPD Ranks

Recently Completed Academy and Criminal Justice Training

Friday, October 11, 2013
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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.


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This is only good news if they are replacing the 6 or more they let go recently.

loonpt (anonymous profile)
October 11, 2013 at 1:27 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Awesome! That one dude has a shiner already. Wonder if he was training with Tudor?

bimboteskie (anonymous profile)
October 11, 2013 at 2:12 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Look pretty young to me. brains fully formed yet? Hope they protect and serve rather than shoot to kill.

JohnLocke (anonymous profile)
October 11, 2013 at 5:54 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Congratulations to each newly appointed officer to what had been, in years past, one of the most professional and highly respected departments in the State. If you deal with citizen's you contact during your career as you would want to be dealt with you can have a successful & enjoyable tour of duty. I would hope you can make a positive impact on your agency and begin some positive changes that are needed at this time.

Don't get "badge heavy" as it will only create problems for you and your department. Remember, there are many people you will encounter on the street that will have no problem trying to put your badge & gun where the sun doesn't shine.

whatsinsb (anonymous profile)
October 12, 2013 at 2:13 p.m. (Suggest removal)

well said.

JohnLocke (anonymous profile)
October 13, 2013 at 10:26 a.m. (Suggest removal)


AZ2SB (anonymous profile)
October 13, 2013 at 10:51 a.m. (Suggest removal)

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