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PRESS RELEASE / ANNOUNCEMENTS Originally published 10:30 a.m., December 4, 2013 Updated 10:30 a.m., December 3, 2013

Goleta Named in Top 50 Safest Cities in California

The City of Goleta has once again been recognized as a safe City.


The City of Goleta has once again been recognized as a safe City. SafeWise released its “50 Safest Cities in California” report this week and Goleta ranked #22. SafeWise used the most recent FBI crime data and other ranking factors, like unique safety initiatives and security programs implemented within the past few years to compile the list. From the hundreds of cities in California, the list was narrowed to the top 50 and assigned rankings according to how the city met the criteria.

“As a former law enforcement officer, I wasn’t surprised to discover that, despite their rather large population, nearly all of the California cities that made our list had one characteristic in common, which is strong community involvement,” said safety writer Alexia Chianis. “When citizens and the government develop a relationship of trust and transparency, criminals don’t stand much of a chance.”

This is the second time this year the City of Goleta has been recognized as a safe community. In February Neighborhood Scout ranked Goleta 95 in the top 100 Safest Cities in the United States. Their report can be found here: http://www.neighborhoodscout.com/ca/goleta/crime/.

“The City of Goleta has always placed a high priority on public safety and it is rewarding to see our efforts acknowledged once again,” said Mayor Roger Aceves. “I would like to commend the efforts of our Goleta Police Department because their dedication and vigilance is instrumental in creating the safe community that we enjoy.”

Since the City of Goleta incorporated in 2002, the City has contracted with the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office for law enforcement services.

To see the SafeWise list of 50 Safest Cities click here: http://www.safewise.com/blog/50-safest-cities-california/

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