Valley Center Substation

San Diego County Sheriff's
Valley Center Substation

28201 N. Lake Wohlford Rd.

Valley Center, CA 92082-6742



Emergency:  9-1-1

Dispatch: (858) 565-5200

Business: (760) 751-4400

Fax: (760) 751-4430




Lt. Shannon

The Valley Center Substation provides law enforcement services to over 25,000 residents and an area encompassing 330 square miles, which includes the communities of Pala, Pauma and Rincon Valleys, and Palomar Mountain. The Valley Center Sub-Station also provides law enforcement for La Jolla, Pala, Pauma, Rincon, and San Pasqual Indian reservations including four casinos which are located on the reservations.

The Substation has 33 employees: 16 Patrol Deputies, three Detectives, four Patrol Sergeants, one Administrative/Detective Sergeant, one Lieutenant, 3 Special Purpose Deputies, two office assistants, one Crime Suppression Sergeant and one Crime Prevention Specialist.

There are over 20 Senior Volunteers at the Valley Center Station who are responsible for the vacation home security checks, visit the homebound as part of the You Are Not Alone (YANA) Program, and a variety of other programs and duties.


Patrol deputies respond to calls for service, patrol the community, conduct preliminary investigations, attend community events such as Neighborhood Watch meetings and make presentations to youth groups and schools. All patrol deputies are trained in the COPPS (Community Oriented Policing and Problem Solving) philosophy. Using these principals, deputies analyze community problems and employ strategic plans in order to solve problems.


The Detective Division is responsible for investigating all general crime cases and arrests made by the patrol deputies. If the detective assigned to the case determines that there is enough evidence to prove a specific person or persons committed a crime, the case will be forwarded to the San Diego County District Attorney's Office. That DA's office will review the case and determine if the case is suitable for criminal prosecution.


The Valley Center Crime Prevention Specialist provides 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
▪  Agricultural Crime Investigations

For more information or to schedule a program, contact (760) 751-4408.


Learn more about the Sheriff's Crime Prevention Program


Senior volunteers have served the Valley Center Substation since August 1995. These dedicated volunteers - seniors 50 years and older - provide many valuable services to the community including:

▪  Make vacation home 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
▪  Assist in locating Alzheimer's patients

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 in need.  If you're interested in becoming a Senior Volunteer at the Valley Center Substation contact (760) 751-4426.


Learn more about the Sheriff's Senior Volunteer Program