|The San Diego County Sheriff's
Department is the chief law enforcement agency in San Diego
County. The department is comprised of approximately 4,000
employees, both sworn officers and professional support staff.
The department provides general law enforcement, detention and
court services for the people of San Diego County in a service area of approximately 4,200
square miles. In addition, the department provides specialized
regional services to the entire county, including the incorporated cities and the unincorporated
areas of the county.
The Sheriff, elected by the residents of San Diego County, is
the chief executive of the department. He manages seven major
detention facilities as well as eight major patrol stations, four patrol substations, a crime
laboratory and an array of support operations necessary to
provide full law enforcement coverage for the County of San Diego.
GENERAL SERVICE AREAS
The San Diego County Sheriff's Department is organized into six general service
areas which includes the following:
- Office of the Sheriff
- Law Enforcement Services
- Detention Facility Services
- Court Services
- Human Resource Services
- Management Services
Law Enforcement Services
The San Diego County Sheriff's Department provides contract law
enforcement services for the cities of Del Mar, Encinitas,
Imperial Beach, Lemon Grove, Poway, San Marcos, Santee, Solana Beach and Vista. In these
cities the Sheriff's Department serves as their police
department, providing a full range of law enforcement services including patrol, traffic and investigative
In the unincorporated (non-city) areas, the Sheriff's Department
provides generalized patrol and investigative services. The
California Highway Patrol has the primary jurisdiction for traffic services in unincorporated
The San Diego County Sheriff's Department operates seven detention facilities. Male arrestees are booked at the San Diego
Central Jail and Vista Detention Facility, while female arrestees are booked at the Las Colinas
and Vista Detention Facilities. The remaining jails house
inmates in the care of the Sheriff.
In order to provide critical services to a daily inmate
population over 5,000, the Detention Services Bureau is
supported by a state-of-the-art food services production center, comprehensive medical services, laundry,
commissary, and inmate processing services. The Inmate Services
Division provides a number of educational and rehabilitative programs aimed at improving the
reentry success of those returning to our communities.
In January 2000, the former San Diego County Marshal's Office
merged with the Sheriff's Department. Since that time, the
Sheriff has provided court security and related services for the San Diego Superior Court at several
locations throughout the county.