Imperial Beach Substation

San Diego County Sheriff's
Imperial Beach Substation

845 Imperial Beach Blvd.

Imperial Beach, CA 91932-2796



Emergency:  9-1-1

Dispatch: (858) 565-5200

Business: (619) 498-2400

Fax: (619) 575-6754




Lt. Fred Magaņa

The City of Imperial Beach is the most southwesterly city in the continental United States. Flanked by the Pacific Ocean and South San Diego Bay, it is nestled between miles of uncrowded beaches, big surf and wetlands teeming with wildlife. Incorporated July 18, 1956, the city covers 4.4. square miles and has a population of approximately 27,000 residents.

Since 1983, the City of Imperial Beach and the Sheriff’s department have worked to together to make Imperial Beach the safest beach city in the county. With 28 sworn personnel assigned to the station, they respond to over 12,000 calls for service annually. Their efforts, as well as, the assigned Detectives, Community Service Officers, School Resource Deputy, Traffic Deputies, Special Purpose Deputies, Reserves, Professional Staff and Volunteers make the City of Imperial Beach one of the best tourist destinations in the county.


Responsible Retailer Program

On July 1 2009, the Imperial Beach Sheriff’s Substation received a one year grant from the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC). This grant was applied for by the Imperial Beach Substation with the intent to more effectively deal with the large number of alcohol related/specific crimes that occur within the City on a yearly basis.

This new program will provide for the training of alcohol licensees and their staffs, it will provide for inspections of all ABC licensees based on ABC guidelines, it will encourage community input on alcohol related issues and will provide funding for the extra enforcement of alcohol related crimes. Due to specific funds set aside in the grant, a new part-time position has been created.

This position, called the Responsible Retailer Program Deputy (RRP), will act as a liaison between all law enforcement personnel, the city, the retailers and community groups and will provide a conduit for all involved parties to express their concerns and/or suggestions on alcohol related topics.

If anyone would like more information on this program or would like to provide information about a alcohol related problem, please contact the RRP Deputy at the Imperial Beach Sheriff’s Substation at:

(619) 498-2400 Station number
(619) 498-2418 RRP Deputy’s desk
or call (619) 628-1359 Imperial Beach Code Compliance Complaint Line


Patrol deputies respond to calls for service 24 hours a day.  Each patrol deputy is assigned to a geographical “beat” area which enables the deputies to become familiar with the residents in their “beat” and with problems in the area. The “beat” system is a cornerstone of the community- oriented policing concept requiring the interaction of neighborhood residents with law enforcement.

Patrol deputies also participate in the community, while on duty, attending Neighborhood Watch meetings and making presentations to youth groups, service groups and schools.



Traffic deputies handle vehicle code enforcement, traffic collision investigations and traffic control within the City of Imperial Beach. The California Highway Patrol is the agency responsible for traffic enforcement in the unincorporated areas throughout the State of California.




Detectives investigate cases involving theft, physical assaults (excluding homicides), sexual assaults, vandalism, burglaries, annoying phone calls and other crimes. Specialized investigative units such as homicide, bomb/arson, financial crimes, domestic violence, child abuse and narcotics handle specific crimes for the entire Sheriff’s jurisdiction, including the Imperial Beach Station.


Crime Prevention


Crime Prevention Specialists assigned to the Imperial Beach Substation offer information and presentations about the following topics:

▪  Residential and Commercial security techniques
▪  Internet Safety
▪  Vehicle Theft Prevention
▪  Identity Theft Protection
▪  Robbery Prevention
▪  Crime Prevention for Senior Citizens
▪  Cons and Frauds
▪  Crime Prevention for Children
▪  Keeping Illegal Activity Out of Rental Property (Crime-free Multi Housing)
▪  Neighborhood Watch
▪  Business Watch

For additional information or to schedule a program, contact the Imperial Beach Crime Prevention Unit at (619) 498-2400.


Learn more about the Sheriff's Crime Prevention Program

Senior Volunteers


The San Diego County Sheriff’s Senior Volunteer Patrol program is designed to draw upon the experience of senior citizens from our community. The men and women participating in the Imperial Beach Station’s program provide valuable assistance to existing staff as it strives to increase the quality of life in the community.


These dedicated volunteers provide many valuable services to our community including:


▪  Home vacation security checks
▪  Visit the homebound (You Are Not Alone – YANA)
▪  Enforce handicapped parking regulations
▪  Patrol in marked SVP vehicles
▪  Assist Crime Prevention with public presentations
▪  Conduct residential and business security surveys
▪  Abandoned Vehicle Abatement

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 needed.  If interested, please contact (619) 498-2400.


Learn more about the Sheriff's Senior Volunteer Program