Santa Barbara- S County

Arrests increase during 2019 Old Spanish Days

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - It was another busy year for Santa Barbara police, as thousands of people packed the city for Old Spanish Days.

On Monday, police released statistics for arrests and citations during the event.

The number of felony arrests during Old Spanish Days was up in 2019, while DUI arrests were down.

Police say 36 people were arrested for felonies, compared to 20 at last year's event. 77 people were arrested for misdemeanors, compared to 73 last year. The majority of those arrests took place Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.

Only four people were arrested for DUI, compared to nine last year.

The number of traffic citations remained nearly the same as last year.

There was a slight decrease in calls for service.

The number of hours worked by police officers increased significantly this year.

Officers put in 944 regular hours and 1,454 hours in overtime. Last year, officers put in 741 regular hours and 1,253 hours of overtime.

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