Patricia Duke was appointed Assistant Sheriff in December 2011 and commands the Law Enforcement Services Bureau.
Prior to her current appointment, she served as a Commander in the Law Enforcement Bureau, and as the Captain of the Santee Patrol Station which acted as the ‘Chief of Police’ to the
City of Santee, Alpine, unincorporated area of El Cajon and community of Lakeside.
Assistant Sheriff Duke has been with the County of San Diego for over 25 years, starting her law enforcement Career with the San Diego County
Marshal’s Office in 1986 and joining the Sheriff’s Department in 2000. She is proud to say her diverse career includes assignments
in Court Services Bureau (Court & Field Operation and Military Liaison), Fugitive Task Force, Detention Services Bureau, Internal Affairs
and Patrol Operations.
Duke currently serves on the Board of Directors for Communities Against Substance Abuse, is a member of the Department’s Tribal
Advisory Committee, Advisory Board Member for San Diego County Alcohol Policy Panel, and co-chair for the a Countywide Teen Drinking and
Driving Safety Initiative. She is also the Sector Leader and Policy Advisor on the Binge and Underage Drinking Initiative. Assistant Sheriff Duke has
received many honors including the FBI Director’s award for her work on the Escondido Bomb House case and the Red Ribbon award for the Prevention
Program of the Year (Start Smart).
Assistant Sheriff Duke Holds a Bachelor of Arts in Administration of Justice and is finishing up her thesis in order to earn a Master’s
Degree in Organizational Leadership.