Erika Frierson, Commander

Cmdr.Erika Frierson

Erika Frierson

Sheriff’s Commander

Commander Erika Frierson joined the San Diego County Sheriff's Department in July of 1996 and graduated from the 25th Corrections Academy in October of 1996. She was assigned to the Las Colinas Detention Facility (LCDF) where she was a training officer, corporal, inmate worker deputy, and facility training coordinator. In October of 2004, she was assigned as a Jail Population Management Unit (JPMU) deputy at the San Diego Central Jail.

She promoted to Sergeant in April of 2005 and was assigned to the George Bailey Detention Facility (GBDF). During her time at GBDF, she was a team training sergeant, the facility training sergeant and eventually the administrative sergeant. In June of 2007, she was selected as the Detentions Career Path Sergeant and assigned to the Personnel Division.

Erika promoted to Lieutenant in May of 2008 and was assigned as a team watch commander at the Vista Detention Facility (VDF). In June of 2009, she was transferred to LCDF as a team watch commander. In May of 2010, she was assigned to manage JPMU and the Detentions Investigations and Gang Unit. In November of 2011, she was assigned to the Detentions Support Division. In this role, Erika was heavily involved with the Sheriff's Department's efforts to manage the implementation of California's Public Safety Realignment Act of 2011.

In November of 2012, Erika was assigned as the Acting Captain at VDF. Erika was promoted to Captain in March of 2013 and remained at Vista, where she implemented a number of innovative programs and concepts, such as the Veterans Moving Forward Program and incentive based housing. In November of 2014, she was transferred to oversee the Detentions Support Division and worked on several bureau initiatives and projects. She was later assigned as the Captain at the Las Colinas Detention and Reentry Facility in January of 2016. Under her leadership, the facility was transformed into a Gender Responsive/Trauma Informed Reentry Facility.

In November of 2018, she was assigned to oversee the Medical Services Division (MSD). Under her leadership, MSD began to work towards obtaining accreditation from the National Commission on Correctional Health Care, implementing the new Electronic Health Record system, expanding mental health services, and strengthening suicide prevention efforts in custody.

In May 2019, Erika was promoted to the rank of Detentions Commander. She will oversee Operations Area 1 which includes the Medical Services Division, Reentry Services Division, Inmate Processing Division, Detentions Support Division, County Parole and Alternative Custody Unit, and the Jail Population Management Unit.

Erika is a Lifetime Member of the American Jail Association (AJA) and currently serves on the 2019/2020 AJA Board of Directors. She also teaches a Leading and Managing Change Course at the AJA California Jail Managers Command Academy.

She lives with her husband and family in North County.