Police lieutenant joins Family Services Agency board

Lt. Paul Van Meel has been with the Santa Maria Police Department since 1999.

Santa Maria Police Lt. Paul Van Meel has joined the board of the Santa Barbara County Family Services Agency, also known as Santa Maria Valley Youth & Family Center and Guadalupe’s Little House By The Park.

Lt. Van Meel has served the Santa Maria Police Department since 1999 in a variety of capacities including Detective Bureau, Supervising the Law Enforcement Task Force, as a Patrol/Oversight Commander and currently in as Administrative Lieutenant/Chief Warrant Officer.

He received his training as a police officer at the Los Angeles Police Department. He holds a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Columbia College and a master’s degree in criminal justice from California Coast University.

In 2010, Lt. Van Meel was named Officer of the Year, Mark Riddering/Street Narcotics Officer of the Year, and Santa Maria Police Department Employee of the Month. He also received the H. Thomas Geary Award, as well as other awards and honors.

“We are delighted to have Lt. Van Meel on our board,” FSA executive director Lisa Brabo said in a press release. “Our agency will benefit from his extensive experience and knowledge of the Santa Maria community.”

—Katherine Zehnder

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