Patrol Stations
Law Enforcement Support & Services

California and the County of San Diego requires the San Diego Sheriff's Department to preserve the peace, make arrests, prevent unlawful disturbances brought to attention and investigate public offenses.  The San Diego County Charter requires the San Diego Sheriff's Department to provide San Diego County with efficient and effective police protection, and to perform all of the duties required by law.

To accomplish such requirements, the San Diego Sheriff's Law Enforcement Bureau provides general and specialized law enforcement operations. These functions include patrol, traffic, general and specialized investigations, crime prevention, crime lab, crime analysis, criminal intelligence, narcotics enforcement, emergency services, licensing and communications.

Annually, the department responds to nearly half a million calls for service in contract cities and the unincorporated areas of San Diego.  The San Diego Sheriff's Department handles close to 200,000 9-1-1 calls -- 15% of calls coming from cellular phones.  Another half a million calls are non-emergency.

The bureau deploys approximately 275 patrol cars and employs 1,300 personnel, of which half are deputies.