Chumash Tribe welcomes county sheriff deputies to reservation

Leaders of the Chumash Tribe and Santa Barbara Sheriff’s Office held a meeting on the reservation. Photo from SBSO

The Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians welcomed law enforcement from Santa Barbara County, California, to the reservation on Tuesday.

The tribe entered into a law enforcement agreement with the Santa Barbara Sheriff’s Office. It places four full-time deputies in a new substation on the reservation.

"What this type of partnership shows is that the tribe is open and willing to work with the county in a positive and constructive manner," Chairman Vincent Armenta said in a press release. "We are looking forward to a long and successful partnership with the Sheriff's Office."

The tribe will pay the salaries of the deputies, plus the costs of a patrol car, The Lompoc Record reported. The agreement costs the tribe about $849,000 a year, the paper said.

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