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  2008 YEAR IN REVIEW

 
Sheriff William D. Gore
Office of the Sheriff
William D. Gore, Sheriff

Bill Gore served as Undersheriff in 2008, being appointed Sheriff in 2009 to fill retiring Sheriff Kolender’s unexpired term.

The San Diego County Sheriff’s Department is the 4th largest Sheriff's department in the nation and covers approximately 4,200 square miles. Some additional interesting facts about the San Diego Sheriff’s Department:

  • We have 8 stations;
  • There are 10 substations;
  • We provide law enforcement service to 9 contract cities and all unincorporated areas of the county;
  • We provide security for 10 courthouses;
  • We have approximately 4,000 employees; and,
  • An average of 5,175 inmates are housed each day and approximately 100,000 inmates are classified, processed, housed, and released each year.

Undersheriff Gore is responsible for the day-to-day administration and operation of the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department. He provides leadership and oversight for five bureaus: Law Enforcement Services, Human Resource Services, Court Services, Detention Services, and Management Services.

Some highlights and accomplishments from 2008 include:

  • During 2008, a regional automated records management system for law enforcement agencies was deployed within the Sheriff’s Department. Also known as NetRMS, this system includes case management, crime analysis components, and more importantly, will allow for the sharing of enhanced crime and incident information among all local law enforcement agencies. The El Cajon Police Department replicated the Sheriff’s success and deployed the same system within their own agency, using a regional sharing agreement that the Sheriff has made available to all local law enforcement agencies. Other local law enforcement agencies have begun preparation for their deployments as well, and should be on-line later this year.


  • San Diego County has also launched a first-of-its-kind effort in California. The Board of Supervisors authorized our department to create a Rapid Response DNA Team. DNA evidence has been very effective in solving serious, violent crime: homicides and sex crimes. More recently, we have proposed a major new deployment of DNA technology; to target street crimes – robberies, burglaries, and auto thefts.


  • The long-awaited Law Enforcement Coordination Center (LECC) opened in 2008. The LECC is an information and intelligence ‘fusion center’ involving every level and discipline of government including federal, state, local, and tribal authorities.


  • In San Diego County, domestic violence continues to plague many women, men and children. Prior to this year victims of such crimes were limited to information that was out of date or incomplete. The Court Services Bureau has diligently partnered with other agencies to greatly enhance the availability of timely accurate information associated with obtaining and processing court protective orders.


  • The Sheriff’s public Internet site (www.SDSheriff.net) underwent a major redesign and performance upgrade in 2008. On average, the public checks over 2 million warrants per month, sends 36,000 emails to inmates, queries “Who’s in Jail” over 576,000 times, and looks up just under 10,000 temporary restraining orders (TRO’s) per month. During the past six months, an average of 356,301 visits were logged onto our website. All hardware, software, databases, and web site content were upgraded in 2008.


  • Attracting and retaining qualified people is one of the main functions of the Human Resource Services Bureau (HRSB). During 2008, the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department concentrated on a proactive and aggressive campaign to seek qualified candidates to fill our vacancies. Before the economic downturn, we reached 99% of full staffing.


  • The Board of Supervisors has funded a partnership between our Sheriff’s Crime Lab and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) to track and solve crimes committed with guns throughout the San Diego region. The Crime Lab now has in place IBIS (the Integrated Ballistic Information System). IBIS allows forensic professionals at the lab to enter firearms’ casings and bullets from crime scenes into its system to see if the firearms’ evidence connects to other crimes.


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