Fallbrook Substation

San Diego County Sheriff's
Fallbrook Substation

388 East Alvarado Street

Fallbrook, CA 92028-2052



Emergency:  9-1-1

Dispatch: (760) 728-1113

Business: (760) 451-3100

Fax: (760) 451-3141


The Fallbrook Substation serves a population of over 52,000 people in the North County unincorporated communities of Fallbrook, Bonsall, Rainbow, and De Luz. This sprawling 137 square mile command is patrolled by the Department’s largest substation which provides a wide variety of public safety services to the community including patrol, Community Oriented Policing and Problem Solving (COPPS), gang enforcement, investigations, and more.

Situated on the east side of Camp Pendleton, Fallbrook is home to a large military and veteran population. Outside of the core downtown area the semi-rural character of Fallbrook dominates with rolling hills, avocado and citrus groves, nurseries, and strawberry fields. Residents of Fallbrook and its surrounding communities identify strongly with the small-town image and are committed to helping to preserve its “Friendly Village” atmosphere. Residents can become involved in many community-oriented activities, groups and projects to help prevent crime. The substation is committed to a continuous partnership with the community to keep the area a safe place for families and business.



Patrol is the heart and soul of any law enforcement organization. Patrol deputies are on-duty 24 hours per day, 365 days per year. They respond to each and every call for service and usually handle all aspects of the call without the need for specialized units, investigators, or calling in outside resources. In addition to responding to calls for service deputies patrol the community, conduct preliminary investigations, attend community events such as Neighborhood Watch meetings and make presentations to youth groups and schools.

All patrol deputies are trained in the COPPS philosophy. Using these principles, deputies analyze community problems and employ effective strategies to overcome them.


Detectives are responsible for investigating all general crime cases submitted, and arrests made, by patrol deputies. The majority of criminal cases in Fallbrook are investigated by the detective unit at the substation. However, the Sheriff’s Department has specialized investigative units for a number of crimes such as murder, child abuse, financial crimes, and narcotics. The detectives, both at the substation and in the specialized units, are highly trained and experienced professionals with years of patrol experience behind them.


COPPS deputies are also experienced and exceptional deputy sheriffs. Their job is to tackle the long-term problems that cause criminal activity. As gang members and users of illegal drugs are the perpetrators of most preventable criminal activity, COPPS deputies focus their mission on these two types of criminals.


The full-time crime prevention specialist at the Fallbrook Substation coordinates the Neighborhood Watch, Crime Free Multi-Housing and numerous other programs designed to reduce opportunities for crime and catch criminals. A no-charge residential or business security check can be scheduled by calling (760) 451-3124.


Learn more about the Sheriff's Crime Prevention Program


Senior volunteers have served the Fallbrook Substation and community since 1995. Approximately 60 dedicated volunteers provide many valuable services to the community including:

▪  Vacation home security checks
▪  Visit the homebound (You Are Not Alone - YANA)
▪  Enforce disabled parking regulations
▪  Patrol in marked SVP vehicles
▪  Assist Crime Prevention with public presentations
▪  Conduct residential and business security surveys

Volunteers undergo a background check, receive training to perform their duties, and are asked to work a minimum of six hours per week. Volunteers are always in need. If interested, contact Manny Ortega at (760) 451-3145.

Learn more about the Sheriff's Senior Volunteer Program


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