Support Division



The Detectives Unit is responsible for investigating major crimes and felonies committed in the City of Santa Paula. The unit also includes crime IMG_2658analysis, crime prevention, and a Crime Scene Investigations Team.

Special Enforcement Unit (SEU)

The primary focus of the Santa Paula Police Department Special Enforcement Unit is to reduce fear of crime and victimization in a manner that elicits public support and approval. We will use available resources in a fair but firm manner that results in the greatest benefit to the community and the Santa Paula Police Department. SEU also acts as a liaison in helping the homeless and addressing the community's concerns.

Detective Sergeant

Daniel Potter - Email Sergeant Potter

  1. Volunteer Programs
  2. Neighborhood Watch

Our Volunteer Program encompasses all the different ways to serve at the Police Department. Please see some of the different ways to volunteer.

Police Explorersexp

Police Explorers are a group of high school aged (14-18) students who volunteer in a variety of different duties in support of the police department. This program is designed to develop skills and a better understanding of what police officers encounter and is a great introduction if interested in a career with law enforcement. Explorers are provided with the opportunity to work in a variety of assignments throughout the department and in the community.

Citizen's Patrol

Citizen's Patrol is a group of volunteers who perform essential duties in the police department allowing for officers to focus on duties only sworn officers can do. They are volunteers who serve their community in a non-hazardous and non-enforcement capacity while providing tremendous support to the department and their community.


Volunteers are expected to contribute 20 hours per month or 60 hours in a 3 month period. They must attend training meetings, must be in good health, and computer/bilingual skills are beneficial. Citizens who sign up to volunteer will undergo a thorough background check and will be carefully screened for their decision making, judgement, and ability to communicate and contribute to a team. Training will be provided based upon what area you are volunteering in. Citizen's patrol will be provided a uniform free of charge.

Contact Us

If you are interested in volunteering, please fill out the Volunteer Application. For more information please call 805-525-4474.