Officers are graduates of Hancock College Public Safety Academy

Staff Report

Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown swore in seven custody deputies just prior to their graduation ceremony at the Allan Hancock College Public Safety Academy on Friday, July 30.

The seven graduated from the CORE Custody Academy, having completed 220 hours of course instruction. Their instruction included emergency planning in a custody facility, report writing, ethics, investigation procedures, classification of inmates, contraband detection, arrest and control, physical training and direct supervision training.

Graduates are Luis Arreola, Juan Arroyo, Sergio Chavez, Jasmin Cruz, Tristan Fichtner, Erica Pereyra and Christopher Tario.

Chavez was honored as the class valedictorian; Fichtner received the Ron Battles Award for Most Inspirational; and Pererya earned the Leadership Award.

Community members interested in a career in law enforcement or know someone who is, should visit to apply.