SMPD Mission Statement

In partnership with the community, we will provide impartial, ethical, and professional law enforcement services. We will take a leadership role in forming collaborative community efforts to find the long-term solution for the reduction of crime through prevention. We will strive to maintain the trust, understanding, and confidence of our residents, while working to improve the quality of life.

Chief Ralph Martin

Chief Martin is a 35–year veteran of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. He retired from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department as a commander and was responsible for Region II, which encompasses the cities of Compton, Century City, Carson, Lomita, lennox, Marina de Rey and West Hollywood. He also oversaw security for the MTA and metrolink trains, nine junior college campuses and served as contact chief of police for the community of LA Cañada-Flintridge. 

Mark Schnieder, SMPC Liaison

Commander Mark Schneider is assigned to Santa Maria Police Department Patrol Division as a Watch commander, where he maintains oversight of the Canine Units and Training Bureau. Mark also serves as a Team Commander/Lieutenant for Santa Maria Police Department’s SWAT team.

SMPD Employee of the Quarter

An Employee of the Quarter is selected for his or her hard work, excellence and dedication to the SMPD as well as the community. The Employee of the Quarter July-September 2016 will be posted. 

SM Police Explorers

Our Explorer Program is for young men and women interested in learning about future careers in the field of law enforcement. Designed for students between the ages of 14 and 21, the Explorer Program offers youths the opportunity to be involved in their community while making new friends and gaining valuable knowledge.