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