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Law Enforcement Terms for the Law Abiding Citizen

For most citizens, almost everything they know about their local law enforcement officers comes from television. But even if you follow the letter of the law, knowing who's out there protecting the streets and what their specific responsibilities are is a good thing. What follows are a few terms that can help the average person sort out the shades of blue in the law enforcement community.

  • Jail - Differs from prison in one significant manner, not every inmate has necessarily been convicted of a crime. Some inmates who have been arrested and charged with a crime, but are unable to come up with bail, may await their trial in jail. Once a person is convicted of a serious crime, they are usually sent to a state or federal prison.
  • County Sheriff - Generally the top law enforcement official at the county level. Sheriffs are generally elected officials and may or may not have any previous criminal justice experience. In many sparsely populated areas the Sheriff's department serves as the local police force.
  • Criminal History Check - Because all adult arrests are a matter of public record, any citizen can access them. Most police and sheriff’s departments will, for a fee, print out a list of arrests and convictions for any individual.
  • Felony - Any crime that carries a minimum one year sentence is usually considered a felony. The consequences of a felony conviction are more severe than a misdemeanor.
  • Misdemeanor - Crimes that carry a minimum sentence of less than a year. That sentence is usually carried out in the county jail rather than a state or Federal prison.
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    Santa Barbara County Jail Custody Sheriff
    812 W Foster Rd, Santa Maria, CA 93455
    (805) 934-6150
    Santa Barbara County Sheriff-Coroner Office
    312 E Cook St Ste O, Santa Maria, CA 93454
    (805) 346-7430
    San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's Civil Enforcement
    1050 Monterey St # 239, San Luis Obispo, CA 93408
    (805) 781-5484
    San Luis Obispo County Sheriff-Coroner Office
    1585 Kansas Ave, San Luis Obispo, CA 93405
    (805) 781-4600
    Santa Barbara County Sheriff-Coroner Office
    3500 Harris Grade Rd, Lompoc, CA 93436
    (805) 737-7737
    Sheriff-Coroner Civil Bureau
    115 Civic Center Plz, Lompoc, CA 93436
    (805) 737-7710
    Santa Barbara County Sheriff-Coroner Office
    140 W Highway 246, Buellton, CA 93427
    (805) 686-8150
    Santa Barbara County Sheriff-Coroner Office
    1745 Mission Dr, Solvang, CA 93463
    (805) 686-5000
    Santa Barbara County Sheriff-Coroner Office
    4434 Calle Real, Santa Barbara, CA 93110
    (805) 681-4100
    Santa Barbara County Sheriff-Coroner Office
    4436 Calle Real, Santa Barbara, CA 93110
    (805) 681-4260
    Sheriff-Coroner Civil Bureau
    118 E Figueroa St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
    (805) 568-2900
    Kings County Fire Department
    501 E Kings St, Avenal, CA 93204
    (559) 386-5225
    Police Department
    5775 Carpinteria Ave, Carpinteria, CA 93013
    (805) 684-4561
    Monterey County Sheriffs Office
    415 Bassett St, King City, CA 93930
    (831) 385-4848
    Crime Stoppers
    800 S Victoria Ave, Ventura, CA 93009
    (805) 654-2551

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