#GivingTuesday

December 1st is #GivingTuesday, a day dedicated to giving back. This is the time of year when we think about all that we are thankful for this holiday season. We are thankful for each and every person out there backing the Santa Barbara POA.Throughout the year we work hard to give back to our local community in many ways. To view the organizations we sponsor and how we give back visit our "Charities We Support" page. If you would like to show your support, please visit the donate section of our ...
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Enhancing teachers’ response to active threats

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When you say the words “first responders” who comes to mind?  Police, Fireman, EMT? But what about teachers?  It is no longer adequate to place all of the responsibility for our children’s safety in the hands of our teachers during an attack and not take the time to properly train them to accomplish that task. Nor is it acceptable to simply tell them, "Lock your classroom door, turn out the lights, hide in a corner and pray that the attacker doesn’t pick your room."  Today, the na...
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No-Knock Warrants At Risk

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There's nothing as dangerous in police work as the no-knock warrant, which allows law enforcement officers to enter a property without warning.But despite the fact that such operations have gotten a lot of cops—and others—killed, many say the practice is still law enforcement's best chance at catching bad guys and secure evidence to be used at trial.Because of the controversies surrounding no-knock warrants, some lawmakers—including Georgia State Sen. Vincent Fort—are looking to scale back or el...
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Internet and Website Safety Tips

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Though there have been many scares about what can happen to children or teenagers on the internet, adults should be safe as well. There is no limit to the amount of risk adults come in contact with such as sexual predators, criminals who are seeking out your personal information on social networking sites, buying habits, frequently used sites, and many others.Here are some tips to help prevent you from being a target:-Do not share things such as email addresses, usernames and passwords.-Do not u...
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Domestic Violence

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You can feel so vulnerable during domestic violence situations. Here are some protection tips for you at home while you are still with your abuser, in your car, and with your cell phone. I am also including tips regarding your finances, belongings, and reputation to help you feel more in control.Abuser's want total control over you. If they can't have you, they may try to destroy you in every way possible, or take your life. These protection tips are to help you get through this difficult season...
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