ISLA VISTA, Calif. - A new full-time detective has been assigned to the Isla Vista Foot Patrol in an effort to increase Law Enforcement's ability to investigate and solve crimes that have become commonplace in Isla Vista, which is home to a large number of college students.
Detective Julio Gutierrez is a 12-year veteran of the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office who is not only bilingual, but is familiar with the area having been assigned to the Isla Vista Foot Patrol for two years during his career with the Sheriff's Office.
"My goal is to make a difference in the Isla Vista community. I feel fortunate that this opportunity is going to allow me to be a part of a community that has given me great experiences in my career,” said Gutierrez.
"Detective Gutierrez was selected for the position due to his experience the past year as a detective with the Criminal Investigations Division and specifically his specialized training in sexual assault investigations," said the Sheriff's Office in a statement.
Violent crimes in Isla Vista have decreased 19 percent and forcible rapes decreased by 29 percent this year compared to 2016, according to the Sheriff's Office who cites mid-year crime stats for 2017. The hope is that a full-time investigator dedicated to Isla Vista will further enhance the ability to deter and solve crimes while holding individuals accountable for their actions and helping victims in that community.
“The detective position is a much-needed asset and it will add to our ability to better serve the community by addressing crimes in a more efficient manner," said Isla Vista Foot Patrol Lieutenant Ruben Cintron.
The Isla Vista Foot Patrol was created in 1971 and is composed of Sheriff's deputies and UCSB police officers dedicated to serving and protecting the Isla Vista community and visitors.
Gutierrez began his new assignment on Sept. 26, 2017.