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
- 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
- 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.