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 County. Additionally,
the San Diego Sheriff’s Department handles over 300,000 “911” emergency calls a
year along with another 400,000 non-emergency calls.
The Law Enforcement Services Bureau of the Sheriff’s Department employs in excess of
1,300 personnel, of which over 900 are sworn deputies. Those deputies conduct their
patrol duties in a vehicle fleet that is in excess of 300 marked Sheriff’s patrol cars.