Meet Your SMPD

Santa Maria Police Council

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.

SMPD Chief Marc Schneider

Chief Marc Schneider

Chief Marc Schneider is a 28-year law enforcement veteran, beginning his career with the City of Pismo Beach in 1993. Chief Schneider lateralled to the Santa Maria Police Department in 1995 and was recently appointed Chief of Police in January of 2021. The SMPD is allocated for 140 sworn and 55 professional staff servicing a community of 108,000.

In his 26 years with the City of Santa Maria, Chief Schneider has held the ranks of Officer, Corporal, Sergeant, Lieutenant and Division Commander; and has worked a variety of assignments: Special Enforcement Team, Detective Bureau, SWAT Operator, Field Training Officer, Training Sergeant, Administrative Lieutenant and SWAT Team Commander. During his tenure as Commander, he rotated through the Operation, Investigation and Administrative divisions which encompassed all aspects of the department.

Chief Schneider is a long-time resident of Santa Maria and serves on the following non-profit boards: Board of Trustees for CALM, Advisory Board for One805, Executive Committee for the Santa Barbara County Community Corrections Partnership (CCP), member of Juvenile Justice Coordinating Council (JJCC), and was the Department’s Liaison for the Santa Maria Police Council for seven years. He is also a member of the following civic organizations: Breakfast Rotary Club of Santa Maria and the Santa Maria Elks Lodge #1538.

Chief Schneider earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminology and a Master’s in Human Resource Management.

SMPD Officer of the Year

An Officer of the Year is selected for his or her hard work, excellence and dedication to the SMPD as well as the community.

The 2020 Officer of the Year – Officer Joshua Lee
The 2019 Officer of the Year – Officer Tiffany Delaney
The 2018 Officer of the Year – Detective Seann Woessner
The 2017 Officer of the Year – Officer Jesus Caro
The 2016 Officer of the Year – Officer Andy Brice
The 2015 Officer of the Year – Detective Ronnie Murillo

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.