Communications Center

Communications Center

P.O. Box 939062

San Diego, CA 92193


Emergency: 9-1-1

(858) 565-5200


Staffed 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, the Sheriff’s Communications Center provides the highest quality, professionally competent public safety services to over one million residents of San Diego County.

Emergency Services Dispatchers process over 1,600 calls for law enforcement services each day, with approximately one-third of those being 9-1-1 calls. In addition to providing communications services to the various divisions in the department, the center provides communications services for a myriad of other county agencies, including Public Works, Roads Department, Probation, and the District Attorney’s Office.

During the year 2013, Sheriff’s dispatchers handled 283,433 calls for service on the 9-1-1/Emergency line. The State’s recommended maximum average answering time for 9-1-1 calls is 10 seconds; San Diego Sheriff’s dispatchers’ annual average answering time on 9-1-1 was 7 seconds. In addition, Sheriff’s dispatchers answered 389,019 calls on the administrative (non-emergency) lines with callers waiting an average of only 41 seconds.


The Sheriff’s Department is currently accepting applications for Sheriff’s Radio Trainee which is an entry-level dispatcher position and Sheriff’s Emergency Services Dispatcher which is for candidates with prior fulltime experience as a Public Safety Radio Dispatcher. For more information or to apply, visit the San Diego County Department of Human Resources Job Listing page.