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 Safe City 2018_National Council for Home Safety

Among the Safest Cities in California

The City of Goleta and the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office enjoy a mutually respectful and collaborative working partnership. This strong and enduring relationship is reflected in the City of Goleta having been recognized by multiple organizations as one of the safest cities in California.

Lt Rich Brittingham

Chief's Message

I am honored to be serving as the new Goleta Police Chief. I am excited to meet the residents of Goleta, so we can begin to build a strong team, that will work together to keep our community safe.

The Goleta Police Department is committed to providing our community with the highest quality police services possible to maintain the quality of life that is treasured by those who reside, work and visit here. Our objective is to sustain a partnership and problem solving relationship between the police and the community to control and prevent crime through strategic planning, innovation, and pro-active programs in a setting where individuals are treated with dignity, equality and respect.

In order to fulfill this commitment, we will:

  • Respond positively to the community's needs, desires and values and in so doing be recognized as an extension and reflection of those we serve.
  • Strive to provide a safe and healthy environment for all, to minimize violence and property loss resulting from criminal acts, injuries and a diminished quality of life caused by traffic violators.
  • Manage inevitable change and welcome the challenge of future problems with creative solutions, which are financially prudent and consistent with community values.

You can contact Lt. Rich Brittingham Chief of Police at (805) 690-5125 or

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Motor Traffic Unit 

Sergeant John Maxwell leads the Motor Traffic Unit of the City of Goleta Police Department. The Motor Traffic Unit's mission is to maintain the normal and safe flow of vehicle and pedestrian traffic throughout the City of Goleta. The Traffic Unit uses several means to conduct their mission, including the use of radar speed detection devices, and vehicle and motorcycle patrols.

In addition to regular traffic patrol, the unit also performs the following important safety duties:

  • DUI Checkpoints
  • School Zones
  • Commercial Vehicle Enforcement 
  • Public Announcements and Updates

You can contact Sgt. Maxwell at (805) 961-7516 or via email at

CRD Ben Sandu

Community Resource Deputy

Deputy Ben Sandu is the Community Resource Deputy for the City of Goleta. The goals of the Community Resource Deputy position are to remove neighborhood blight; solve chronic problems by working collaboratively with citizens and other agencies; and empowering residents with the knowledge of how to make their neighborhoods safer. 

These are some of the duties that Deputy Sandu is responsible for:

You can contact Deputy Sandu at (805) 968-3878 or



School Resource Deputy

Senior Deputy George Hedricks is the School Resource Deputy (SRD) for the City of Goleta. SRD Hedricks is a trusted and integral member of the school staff; in fact he was selected as the Dos Pueblos High School Varsity Baseball Team Head Coach in 2016. His input on a variety of issues, not necessarily limited to law enforcement issues, is sought by school administration and staff on a regular basis as well as students and parents.

SRD Hedricks was awarded the 2017 Honorary Service Award from the Dos Pueblos High School PTA. SRD Hedricks works with the most vulnerable members of the City’s population, teenagers. His impact upon this demographic has a profound, positive outcome that shapes their lives into becoming productive, law abiding citizens within our community.
You can contact Senior Deputy Hedricks at (805) 968-2541 x 4573 or via email at