press release - 06131702

Benevolent Posse Donation


Benevolent Posse Donation

New Computer to Help Fight Santa Barbara Rural Crime Donated to Sheriff's Office by Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Benevolent Posse


Santa Barbara - June 13th, 2017


A new computer for the Rural Crime Unit has been donated to the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office by the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Benevolent Posse.


A core Sheriff’s Posse mission is to supplement equipment and training for Santa Barbara County’s primary law enforcement personnel in their efforts to safeguard the community. The Posse helps fill the gap between the County’s increasing public safety needs for law enforcement and the tightening county budget


“Each month we have a specialized Unit of the Sheriff’s Office attend our Posse Board meetings to report on their activities and needs,” said Board member Larry Saarloos. “When we heard that the rural crime unit was working with a less than fully reliable eight-year-old computer, we knew we had to act.”


With the effort led by Larry Saarloos, the Posse also acquired an impact resistant Pelican case to protect the computer from damage as it travelled over rough rural terrain to its assignments.


In the recent past the Sheriff’s Posse has helped the Sheriff’s Office obtain much needed emergency equipment including protective vests, night vision goggles, specialized weapons, computer equipment, last year a headquarters barn for its Mounted Enforcement Unit and has supported the highly effective DARE program in county grammar schools that trains students to develop good decision making skills and understanding of the harmful effects of substance abuse, bullying and violence.


The Posse is currently working toward a goal assisting the Sheriff’s Office by identifying gaps in technology and equipment and assisting with procuring those items that may fall outside the capacity of the Sheriff’s budget. The pace of change with respect to technology and safety equipment makes such assistance critical. The Sheriff’s Posse is honored to assist the Sheriff with numerous important needs such as replacement of drug sniffing and bomb dogs; upgraded technological capacity; high resolution cameras; specialized equipment for the dive team; and vehicles for specialized teams.


For more information about the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Benevolent Posse, visit its website


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