Six new deputies have been welcomed to the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department. The ceremony was held in Santa Maria on Thursday, December 11. The newly selected deputies were among 24 recruits to graduate from Allan Hancock College’s Basic Law Enforcement Academy.
In order to make it to graduation day, Cliff Cabasag, James Carovano, Robert DeBarge, Paul Lewis, Shane Moore, and Anthony Nunez had to complete a rigorous 21-week program with more than 800 hours of instruction.
“As part of the demanding physical element of the training, the recruits endured more than 2000 situps over the five month period,” said Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office Spokesperson Kelly Hoover. “The recruits engaged in 48 learning domains on a wide variety of topics from firearms, to scenarios, to report writing and academic exams.”
Lt. Brian Olmstead of the Sheriff’s Training Bureau said, “I am proud of the dedication our six new deputies displayed over the last five months of intense law enforcement training.”
The new graduates have two more weeks of in-house training followed by a period of field training.