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Airport Police

The Santa Barbara Airport Police is the law enforcement division of the Airport Department for the City of Santa Barbara, the City department that owns and operates the Santa Barbara Municipal Airport.  Although the Airport Police work closely with the Santa Barbara Police Department, the Santa Barbara Airport Police is a separate entity, primarily due to the Airport Police having specialized training and funding resources.

Airport Law Enforcement Officers are fully empowered sworn peace officers in the State of California under Penal Code Section 830.33(d) whose authority extends to anywhere in the state while engaged in the performance of their official duties.  Airport Law Enforcement Officers' primary duties are to provide general and specialized law enforcement services in support of Federal counter-terrorism directives and Transportation Security Administration (TSA) screening and security operations.

Santa Barbara Airport Law Enforcement Officers meet or exceed the minimum selection and training standards set forth by the State of California and the California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST).  Airport Law Enforcement Officer candidates are sent to the Allan Hancock College Police Academy for initial basic training.  Upon completion of the Basic Police Academy, Airport Law Enforcement Officers are required to complete a comprehensive Field Training Program, additional aviation security specific training as required by California Penal Code Section 832.1 within 90-days of appointment and on-going Perishable Skills Training consistent with POST Regulations throughout their careers.

For more information on California peace officer selection and training standards visit the POST website by clicking the following links:

Peace Officer Selection Standards

Basic Peace Officer Training Standards

Field Training Program

Aviation Security Training Standards

Perishable Skills Training Standards

Policy & Procedure Manual

Patrol General Orders

Traffic & Security Post Orders


If you were instructed by an Airport Law Enforcement Officer to complete an online police report, please click on the following link:


If you are the party of interest in a police report that was completed by the Santa Barbara Airport Police and would like to request a copy of the report, please complete a Request for Report Form


The City of Santa Barbara, Airport Police employs both sworn peace officers and non-sworn civilian personnel. 

View our Employment page to find out more about sworn peace officer positions.


File a complaint against a sworn Airport Law Enforcement Officer or a non-sworn Airport Security Aide.