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2022 Annual Report Santa Maria Police Department

2021 Annual Report Santa Maria Police Department



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Committed to serving our community by enhancing public safety.

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Marc Schneider, Police ChiefMARC SCHNEIDER

Chief of Police

(805) 928-3781 extension 2272
City Fax: (805) 922-0877
1111 W. Betteravia Road, Santa Maria, CA 93455
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  • Master's in Human Resource Management
  • Bachelor of Science in Criminology
  • Chief of Police, City of Santa Maria
  • Division Commander, City of Santa Maria
  • Lieutenant, City of Santa Maria
  • Sergeant, City of Santa Maria
  • Corporal, City of Santa Maria
  • Police Officer, City of Santa Maria
  • Police Officer, City of Pismo Beach


  • Board of Trustees for Child Abuse Listening and Medication (CALM)
  • Advisory Board for One805
  • Executive Committee for the Santa Barbara County Community Corrections Partnership
  • Member of the Juvenile Justice Coordinating Council
  • Past Departmental Liaison for the Santa Maria Police Council, Inc. (sevenyears)
  • Breakfast Rotary Club of Santa Maria
  • Santa Maria Elks Lodge #1538


Committed to serving our community by enhancing public safety.


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Law Enforcement Code Of Ethics

As A Law Enforcement Officer, my fundamental duty is to serve mankind; to safeguard lives and property; to protect the innocent against deception, the weak against oppression or intimidation, and the peaceful against violence or disorder; and to respect the Constitutional rights of all men to liberty, equality and justice.

I will keep my private life unsullied as an example to all; maintain courageous calm in the face of danger, scorn, or ridicule; develop self-restrain; and be constantly mindful of the welfare of others. Honest in thought and deed in both my personal and official life, I will be exemplary in obeying the laws of the land and the regulations of my department. Whatever I see or hear of a confidential nature or that is confided to me in my official capacity will be kept ever secret unless revelation is necessary in the performance of my duty.

I will never act officiously or permit personal feelings, prejudices, animosities or friendships to influence my decisions. With no compromise for crime and with relentless prosecution of criminals, I will enforce the law courteously and appropriately without fear or favor, malice or ill will, never employing unnecessary force or violence and never accepting gratuities.

I recognize the badge of my office as a symbol of public faith, and I accept it as a public trust to be held so long as I am true to the ethics of the police service. I will constantly strive to achieve these objectives and ideals, dedicating myself before God to my chosen profession...law enforcement.

2022-23 Goals and Objectives

  1. Focus efforts to promote Department recruitments by utilizing the Department’s dedicated recruitment webpage, social media platforms, and job fairs.


  2. Hire specialized professional staff to support the sworn compliment in order to increase efficiencies in the areas of technology and crime prevention.


  3. Expand outside partnerships with local/State/Federal agencies with the goal of enhancing service to reduce crimes in areas such as gun violence, child exploitation, human trafficking, and substance abuse.


  4. Identify, acquire, and begin to implement body-worn cameras for all uniformed officers to meet best practice standards and enhance transparency within the community.


  5. Continue to expand Automated License Plate Readers system as a crime deterrent, and to aid law enforcement in criminal investigations by placing in additional tactical locations on various streets. This furthers the City’s Smart City, Safe City goal. By May 2022 the Department had deployed 90+ of these devices, with a goal of 135 by mid-year.


  6. Create a Police Cadet program to provide an internship program, promote recruitment, and further the Department’s succession planning.


  7. Promote traffic safety via a social media campaign to inform and educate the community on the dangers of impaired driving.


  8. Complete an audit of the Property/Evidence Division to ensure best practices are being met and maintain proper chain of custody of evidence.


  9. Enhance training among public safety dispatchers in the use of the Everbridge mass notification system to alert the community in the event of critical incidents in alignment with Smart City, Safe City initiatives.


  10. Collaborate with community partners and create strategically placed report writing stations in the center and northern areas of the City and use technology to increase police presence/visibility and strengthen relationships within the community. The objectives are to achieve greater efficiencies with officers physically remaining in the field longer instead of driving south to the Police Station to write reports. 

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