Strategies to Address Drug Crime

Santa Barbara Police Department

Restorative Policing

  • The Restorative Policing Program helps chronically homeless individuals achieve self-sufficiency. The program works with clients to place them in detox, housing, or work programs. The program is staffed by a sworn officer, Community Service Liaisons, and Restorative Outreach Specialists.
  • The Restorative Court program is a collaborative effort of the Police Department, court system, health care system, and social service agencies.  It is designed to help individuals with mental illness or substance dependence, many of whom are homeless, get off the street. Through customized recovery plans, many clients have participated in restorative court, with many achieving sobriety, safe housing, and a healthy lifestyle.

Santa Barbara PD Innovative Approach