CHP Santa Barbara welcomes new commander

GOLETA, Calif. - Captain Cindy Pontes has been appointed the new commander of the California Highway Patrol Santa Barbara Area.

Pontes has been with the CHP for 17 years and has a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from California Coast University.

“I am honored and thrilled to be working in this beautiful community.  I am committed to working with all of our community stakeholders and law enforcement partners to promote the safety of our roadways, making our area the safest place to live and travel,” said Pontes.

Pontes has worked with communities in Central Los Angeles, Fresno, Glendale and Irvine. She will graduate from the Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) Command College in July. The POST is an 18-month leadership program that focuses on emerging issues and problem-solving in law enforcement.

Pontes' new role as commander of the CHP Santa Barbara area became effective on May 2nd.

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