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Santa Barbara County law enforcement agencies head to San Francisco to assist with protest response

Posted at 3:34 PM, May 31, 2020

More law enforcement agencies in Santa Barbara County are responding to assist other agencies in California amidst the protests over the death of George Floyd.

In a tweet, the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office said deputies are headed north to help the San Francisco Police Department in their response to the protests.

Officers from the following agencies are also responding to San Francisco Bay Area:

  • Santa Maria Police Department
  • Lompoc Police Department
  • Oxnard Police Department
  • Ventura Police Department
  • Ventura County Sheriff Office

San Francisco enacted a strict curfew, 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. Sunday and will have about 200 officers from outside law enforcement agencies to help protect people and property, city officials said at an online news conference.

SFPD Police Chief William Scott said police made 10 felony arrests for looting Saturday and detained numerous other people. He said the department is working with the district attorney to enhance charges for those arrested for looting.

In a tweet posted Saturday evening, the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office announced their agency along with the Santa Barbara Police Department, the Lompoc Police Department and the Guadalupe Police Department will be assisting the Los Angeles Police Department.

In total, 52 personnel from Santa Barbara County left from Santa Barbara around 7 p.m. Saturday evening.