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Police, IV Foot Patrol & CSOs


UC Police Department (UCPD)

The UCSB Police Department is a full service police organization open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and 365 days a year to ensure the safety of the UCSB community. The police department has a staff of over 100, including 33 police officers and 70 student Community Service Organization (CSO) officers. UCSB police officers have statewide jurisdiction and are trained under state guidelines. Your student can contact the police by dialing 9-911 from campus phones or 911 from any other phone.

UCSB Police Officers, Santa Barbara Sheriff’s Office Deputies, and California Highway Patrol Officers work collaboratively to serve the Isla Vista community. 


  • Emergencies or immediate response: 911 
  • Campus non-emergencies: (805) 893-3446 
  • Isla Vista non-emergencies: (805) 681-4179 
  • CSO Escort Service: (805) 893-2000 
  • All red phones on campus are emergency phones and are connected directly to the UCSB Police Department.

UCSB Paramedics, a unit of the UCSB Police Department, are trained to provide advanced life support services. They are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and 365 days a year and serve students on campus and in Isla Vista. The Paramedic Mobile Intensive Care Ambulance is fully-equipped and provides transportation to Student Health or any local hospital.


IV Foot Patrol

The Isla Vista Foot Patrol is a cooperative effort between the Sheriff's Department, UCSB Police Department, and the California Highway Patrol (CHP) to ensure a safe community for students. Officers patrol Isla Vista on foot and bicycle and answer calls related to crimes and student safety. Students can contact the IV Foot Patrol at (805) 681-4179.


Community Service Organization (CSO)

The Community Service Organization (CSO) is a professional unit of the campus police department staffed by UCSB students. CSO officers provide safety escorts on campus and in Isla Vista, patrol and serve as security guards in residence halls and at campus events, and maintain bicycle registration and safety programs.

Students may call for a safety escort during the evening and early morning hours by dialing (805) 893-2000 or using one of the red emergency phones on campus. CSO officers are in touch with police officers via digital radios. Escorts are free for students.

CSO officers patrol campus 365 days a year monitoring student safety and maintaining high visibility and awareness of their presence.Off-campus housing, including the Isla Vista area and family housing, is included in their patrol zone. Their Web site features a complete list of areas patrolled.

Bicycle theft is a growing concern on campus, but can easily be prevented by using effective locks and locking practices, and through bicycle registration. CSO officers recommend using a U-shaped shackle lock combined with a cable lock, as well as locking the bicycle to a designated rack, rather than to itself. Bicycle registration, which is required by campus regulations, dramatically increases the recovery rate of stolen bicycles. CSO is also responsible for bicycle safety education, bicycle violation citations and impounding, and bicycle storage ($30 fee) over the summer. For more information, please call (805) 893-2433 or send an email to