press release - 04131701

Sheriff Bill Brown and Custody Academy Graduates


Sheriff Bill Brown and Custody Academy Graduates




19 Cadets Graduate From Allan Hancock CORE Custody Academy


Lompoc - April 13th, 2017


The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office is pleased to announce the graduation of 19 custody deputies from the Allan Hancock CORE Custody Academy.   The graduates received their certificates of completion today, April 13, 2017, at a formal ceremony held at the Allan Hancock College Public Safety Training Complex in Lompoc.  The majority of the class was funded by the Northern Branch Jail Project and will be assigned to the new facility when it opens in the Spring of 2019.

The graduates completed a comprehensive California Standards and Training for Corrections which included 220 hours of instruction. Some of the instruction included emergency planning in a custody facility, report writing, ethics, investigation procedures, classification of inmates, contraband detection, arrest and control and physical training.  The graduates range in age from 22 to 57 years of age and come to the Sheriff’s Office with a variety of backgrounds and life experience. 

The Academy is designed to prepare students mentally, morally, emotionally and physically to do custody work.  In his keynote address, Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown spoke directly to the cadets and reminded them of responsibility that comes with their chosen career. He said, “You will need healthy doses of self-discipline, compassion, patience and courage in your new roles.  You will need to remember and rely on your training and on your fellow custody deputies.  Never forget that you have the opportunity to be an integral part in changing for-the-better, the thinking, attitude behavior and future of inmates who are committed to your care.”

From the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office the graduates include:  Patricia Arjona, Paul Barragan, Carlos Best, Jennifer Brookshire, Gabriel Cisneros, Shaun Crouse, Brian Foster, Alfredo Gallardo, Matthew Galvan, Christina George, Brian Gudino, Antonio Madrigal, Christian Martinez, Victor Nash, Mark Ramirez, Fabian Silva, Matthew Sua, David Villavicencio and Eric White.

The Sheriff’s Office wants to congratulate Custody Deputy Brian Gudino for receiving both the Valedictorian and Leadership Awards.  We also want to recognize Custody Deputy Carlos Best for receiving the Most Inspirational Award.

We are excited to welcome this great group of new custody deputies to our Sheriff’s Office family.

The Sheriff’s Office is currently accepting applications for Custody Deputy.  This is a tremendous opportunity for individuals who want to make a positive difference and serve their community while pursuing a career in Public Safety.  To apply, go to our website at


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