Is the Sheriff's Department still open?

We are still here to serve you. We continue to enforce laws, maintain security and care for people in our custody. We are practicing social distancing when appropriate, as well as suspended non-essential community events, meetings, travel and training. Employees not crucial in the delivery of emergency services are working from home. We are utilizing virtual office applications for efficiency and communication. While all Sheriff's station and substation lobbies remain open to the public (except those in Rural communities) during normal business hours, we ask that you call ahead first to find out what services are being offered at this time. To find a location near you, click here.

Do you have an emergency?

Call 9-1-1

State the address of your emergency. This way if you get disconnected, we can still find you.

9-1-1 is for emergencies only. Watch our public safety video about the importance of locking your phone to prevent accidental calls

Non-Emergencies? Where did it Happen

If you live in the service area of the Sheriff's Department, call (858) 565-5200.

For a complete list of the communities we serve, visit

Other areas of San Diego County are patrolled by police departments. Report crime to the appropriate law enforcement agency in charge of your community. For a complete list of law enforcement agencies, visit


For your safety and our safety, let Sheriff's Dispatchers know if you are experiencing flu-like symptoms when calling 9-1-1 or our non-emergency line at (858) 565-5200. We want to ensure our deputies stay safe and healthy, so they may continue to protect our communities. Answering the dispatcher's questions, will help deputies take the necessary precautions when coming to assist someone needing help. Help us, help you.

What if I see a group violating the public health order limiting the size of gatherings?

All law enforcement agencies, including the Sheriff's Department, are responsible for the enforcing the County Public Health Order and the Governor's Executive Order (N-33-20). Leave the policing to your law enforcement professionals. Stay calm and report to the non-emergency line of the agency where the violation is occurring. Do not get involved into a confrontation. It is our hope that everyone voluntarily complies.

Questions about the coronavirus?


For local information and daily updates on coronavirus, call 2-1-1

To receive updates via text, send "COSD COVID19" to 468-311.

You can also visit

What about my loved one in county jail?

All visits by family members, including reentry programs provided by community volunteers are suspended until further notice. We have increased booking restrictions and enhanced medical screenings during the pre-booking process. For more information on the precautions being taken at county jails, visit and explore our COVID-19 section.

Watch a video about preventing coronavirus in our jails:

What actions are you taking if someone in custody is displaying flu-like symptoms?

Symptomatic patients are separated from the population, evaluated by medical staff, then placed in an isolation cell. They may be provided medication at the order of a physician.

How is the staffing at county jails with the coronavirus pandemic, especially nursing staff?

Based on the closure of the Superior Court, sworn resources have been redeployed throughout the Sheriff's Department to include the Detention Services Bureau. This additional staffing is supporting pre-COVID-19 workflows, as well as some of the additional steps we are taking in response to COVID-19. Sheriff's Medical Services Division is carrying four vacant positions with nurses in the hiring process.

Do I have to adhere to a court order of child exchange during quarantine?

Court orders are still valid.

How do I report price gouging?

It is illegal for businesses and those individuals in private sales to increase its prices for essential goods and services by more than 10-percent during a declared emergency.

Reporting Price Gouging:

For more resources on how you can avoid becoming a victim of a scam, visit

Feeling anxious about the coronavirus? You are not alone.

It is easy to feel overwhelmed with everything you are hearing about the coronavirus. If you need to talk to someone or want guidance on how to reassure your children so they can understand what's going on, call the County Crisis Hotline at (888) 724-7240 or visit

I am senior citizen and I need help with caregiver support, homecare and other precautions for a person at higher risk of contracting the virus.

Contact the County's Aging and Independence Services at (800) 339-4661.

Governor's Order - What can I do? What's open? What's closed?

Please see the following link for information

What is considered essential and non-essential under the County Public Health Order?

The County Public Health Officer has issued orders to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Everyone needs to stay home except to take care of essential needs or go to an essential job. Wear a facial covering. Practice social distancing. Keep at least six feet away from other people. Avoid gatherings of any size.

For more information on essential and non-essential businesses in San Diego County, visit:

Can people leave their homes?

Yes. You still have access to necessities as food, prescriptions, and health care. When leaving your homes at any time for necessary activities, please practice social distancing and wear facial coverings.

What public recreational facilities, parks, beaches, libraries, etc. are open in San Diego County?

Cities within the Sheriff’s jurisdiction and individual commands have the authority to close public areas as needed to protect public health. If you live in one of those areas please check your local municipalities website for information.

Know Your City
County Libraries closed
County Parks
California State Parks

A message from California State Parks: the following parks remain closed:

Cleveland National Forest
National Park Service

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