PRESS RELEASE / ANNOUNCEMENTS Monday, December 12, 2016

Nine Sheriff’s Office Recruits Graduate from the Academy

Lompoc - The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office is pleased to officially welcome nine newSheriff’s deputies to its team. This morning, December 8, 2016, at a traditional ceremony before aroom of dignitaries, family and friends, 29 recruits graduated from the prestigious Allan Hancock LawEnforcement College Academy in Lompoc. Of those graduates, nine were hired by the Santa BarbaraCounty Sheriff’s Office. They are Kyle Bibby, Eduardo Cazarez, Tyler Davis, James Furber,Christopher Morales, Michael Reynoso, Mark Riggar, Garrett Ross and Dustin Winebrenner.The Sheriff’s Office graduates range in age from 22 to 40 years. They come from all walks of lifeincluding eight with military experience, eight with an associate’s degree, eight with a bachelor’sdegree and one with a master’s degree. Seven of the graduates are collegiate athletes.In order to make it to graduation day, the recruits endured 842 hours of comprehensive training overthe past five months. The instruction included community policing, patrol rifle training, laws of arrest,criminal investigations, firearms, emergency vehicle operation, chemical agents, scenarios, reportwriting and numerous written exams. The training hours do not include the many additional hoursthey spent at night studying and preparing for tests and application of the instruction. Also,collectively they lost a total of 215 pounds over the course of the Academy.Sheriff’s Senior Deputy and Senior Recruit Training Officer J. Langehenning said he is very proud ofthis group and knows each one will be a great addition to the Sheriff’s Office. He said, “It has beenmy pleasure to watch them grow and to have been a part of their first steps in what will surely be along career of public service. This class demonstrated great discipline and integrity throughout thisrigorous training. They have shown they are willing to sacrifice in order to protect and serve thepublic.”
The Sheriff’s Office congratulates James Furber for receiving the Firearms Award and ChristopherMorales for receiving the ARCON (Arrest and Control) Award from the instructors. DustinWinebrenner was chosen by his class as the Most Inspirational.The new Sheriff’s deputies were sworn in by Undersheriff Bernard Melekian prior to the ceremonyand received their new badges. They have two more weeks of in-house training followed by a periodof field training.The rest of the graduating class included recruits hired by the Santa Maria Police Department, San LuisObispo Police Department, Arroyo Grande Police Department and the UCSB Police Department. Wecongratulate all of the hardworking graduates and wish them all a great career ahead in lawenforcement.The Sheriff’s Office is always looking for quality candidates to join our ranks who want to make adifference and believe they have what it takes to succeed as a Custody Deputy or Sheriff’s Deputy.Both career paths require individuals who have great moral character, strong interpersonal skills, theability to handle stress, good judgement and a sound work ethic among other skill sets.The process of applying and being hired as a Custody Deputy or Sheriff’s Deputy is comprehensiveand requires many steps including but not limited to an extensive application, physical agility test,written test, background investigation and interviews.To apply to become a Sheriff’s Deputy Trainee, go to: apply to become a Sheriff’s Custody Deputy go to: contact the Sheriff’s Human Resources Bureau if you have any additional questions at805-681-4270

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