Criminal Intelligence Detail
East County Regional Gang Task Force
Fugitive Task Force
Gang Suppression Unit
High Intensity Drug Traffic Area / Tactical Narcotics Team
Jurisdictions Unified for Drug and Gang Enforcement (JUDGE)
Narcotics Task Force (NTF)
North County Regional Gang Task Force
Regional Terrorism Threat Assessment Center
San Marcos Street Narcotics and Gang Detail
South East Narcotics Team
Vista Team of the Street Narcotics and Gang Detail

The Special Investigations Division (S.I.D.) consists of multiple teams or units that are responsible for the investigation of criminal enterprises relating to narcotics, gangs, organized crime, terrorism, and the apprehension of fugitives.

If you have information relating to any of the criminal activity listed below or suspect such activity in your area, click on CrimeStoppers to report it.


Criminal Intelligence Detail
The Sheriff’s Criminal Intelligence Detail has the responsibility to provide the Sheriff’s Department with an information base, as well as forward looking analysis, to meet the needs of the Department in carrying out its efforts to protect the public and suppress the operations of organized criminal groups.


East County Regional Gang Task Force
A unit of the Sheriff’s Special Investigations Division, the East County Regional Gang Task Force (ECRGTF) is a multi-jurisdictional unit comprised of nine local, state and federal agencies and is combined to be reactive and proactive in gang investigations. An emphasis of the Task Force’s investigative efforts is on the identification, arrest and prosecution of members of violent street gangs using mandatory sentencing laws whenever possible.


Fugitive Task Force
The Fugitive Task Force is comprised of Sheriff’s detectives, who work in conjunction with the US Marshals, Chula Vista PD, Probation, USBP, and ICE. Their primary mission is to locate and apprehend known wanted felony fugitives with active warrants issued by San Diego County Superior Courts and felony fugitives located in San Diego County with outstanding felony warrants issued in other jurisdictions.  FTF also supports Sheriff’s Department commands and other law enforcement agencies in locating and apprehending felony fugitives.

FTF Detectives are frequently called into service to assist departmental specialized units who require suspects be located quickly.  FTF is called on all homicide and sexual assault cases where there are outstanding suspects.


Gang Suppression Unit
The Gang Suppression Unit (GSU) is a team of uniformed investigators who are linked with the ECRGTF for gang investigations. They serve as the patrol enforcement component in areas that have high amounts of gang activity. The law enforcement expansion can hopefully deter gang activity as well as provide safer streets throughout the county. The efforts of GSU Detectives are designed to enlist community and parental involvement in discouraging youths from joining gangs.


High Intensity Drug Traffic Area / Tactical Narcotics Team
The San Diego Sheriff's Department’s High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Tactical Narcotics Team (HIDTA/TNT) is an investigative unit responsible for counter-narcotic operations in rural San Diego County and areas near the US-Mexican Border.  The team consists of Sheriff's Investigators, a Sheriff's Sergeant and a U.S. Border Patrol Agent and is an element of the Sheriff’s Special Investigations Division.   The team conducts narcotics investigations, surveillance and interdiction missions, Domestic Highway Enforcement, and tactical operations.  The Sheriff’s HIDTA/TNT frequently collaborates with other Sheriff's personnel and numerous allied federal, state and local agencies in pursuit of  common goals.   

As a component of the Southwest Border HIDTA and a California Border Alliance Group (CBAG) initiative, the team's mission is to reduce drug trafficking, thereby reducing the impact of illicit drugs in this region and other areas of the country. To accomplish this mission, the CBAG assists in the coordination of joint operations and supports initiatives seeking to deter, disrupt, dismantle, and ultimately eliminate the most significant Drug Trafficking Organizations (DTO's), and their supporting transportation and money laundering organizations. The CBAG will also emphasize efforts against methamphetamine manufacturing, precursor supply, and “club drug” abuse through innovative enforcement operations and demand reduction programs utilizing a multi-agency, joint concept of operations.

If you have questions regarding the Sheriff’s HIDTA/TNT please contact (619) 401-8120. 


Jurisdictions Unified for Drug and Gang Enforcement (JUDGE)
The Jurisdictions Unified for Drug and Gang Enforcement (J.U.D.G.E.) task force has been funded by the Office of Criminal Justice Planning (O.C.J.P.) for over twenty years in San Diego County.  This multi-agency task force is staffed by personnel from the San Diego Sheriff’s Department, San Diego District Attorney’s Office, San Diego County Probation Department, California Department of Corrections Parole Division, United States Border Patrol, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, Child Protective Services (Drug Endangered Children), Chula Vista, Oceanside and Escondido Police Departments.

The J.U.D.G.E. currently operates in two primary geographical areas of San Diego County, the South Bay region and the North County.  Within these areas, the problems of concern for the J.U.D.G.E. are as follows: In the South Bay region are the serious or repeat drug offender and violent gang members. In the North County region the concern is the manufacturing, trafficking and use of illegal drugs and serious, violent, gang and repeat drug offenders, as well as drug endangered children.


Narcotics Task Force (NTF)
NTF is an integrated task force comprised of officers from various Federal, State and local agencies. The NTF provides geographic coverage for narcotic investigations, training to local investigators on narcotic investigations, develops specialized skills through an active officer exchange program, and fosters a sense of cooperation and collaboration between participating law enforcement agencies and members of NTF.

The task force is divided into eight teams with separate enforcement responsibilities relating to general narcotics enforcement, marijuana eradication, commercial interdiction and airport enforcement.


North County Regional Gang Task Force
The North County Regional Gang Task Force is made up of investigators from more than a dozen local, state and federal law enforcement agencies. The task force focuses its investigative efforts on the leadership of documented gangs, gang members and their associates, including criminal aliens, who participate in any ongoing criminal enterprise or pattern of violent criminal activity. Task force investigations include but are not limited to murder, attempted murder, armed robberies, carjackings, extortion, kidnapping, assault with deadly weapons, firearms violations and other major crimes such as theft and narcotics distribution or trafficking that benefit gangs through the acquisition of wealth and power.
   
The task force’s investigative goals are the identification, arrest, prosecution, and deportation, in the case of criminal aliens, of members and associates of these violent criminal gangs using mandatory sentencing laws (both state and federal) whenever possible.


Regional Terrorism Threat Assessment Center
The Regional Terrorism Threat Assessment Center (RTTAC) is a multi-agency task force focused on terrorism-specific intelligence and information-sharing.  Participating agencies include the San Diego Sheriff's Department, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), California Department of Justice, California Highway Patrol, Federal Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and Governor's Office of Homeland Security.  The RTTAC is co-located with the FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Force and a Criminal Intelligence component and together comprise the Law Enforcement Coordination Center (LECC), San Diego's Intelligence "Fusion Center."  
 
The RTTAC has three core functions- 1) managing the regional Terrorism Liaison Officer (TLO) Program, 2) providing Critical Infrastructure support, and 3) providing Intelligence & Analysis support. 
 
The TLO program seeks to create an enhanced sense of awareness among first responders, specifically related to pre-incident indicators and warnings of a terrorist attack.  The concept is simple: Prior to terrorists flying jet liners into buildings, there are certain planning actions they must do to prepare for such an attack.  These actions are often accompanied by indicators/warnings ("clues") that an attack is being planned.  By providing an awareness of these indicators, the goal is to encourage reporting of suspicious circumstances/incidents, thus preventing an attack. 
 
The Critical Infrastructure team is involved in a regional Critical Infrastructure Protection Program (CIPP), in collaboration with FBI, San Diego Police, San Diego Fire, San Diego Office of Emergency Services, and others.  The CIPP seeks to identify the most critical sites and/or services in our region in an attempt to mitigate potential threats to those sites from an "All Hazards" approach. 
 
The RTTAC's Intelligence & Analysis capability is quite robust.  Our Intelligence Analysts evaluate data from a variety of sources, conduct extensive research, and prepare and coordinate intelligence products for dissemination.


San Marcos Street Narcotics and Gang Detail
The San Marcos Street Narcotic and Gang Detail consist of two narcotic investigators, two gang investigators, and a sergeant.  This unit is fully contracted by the City of San Marcos.  Although we do not have any county investigators, we also provide service to the unincorporated Escondido and Valley Center areas on a limited basis.

The San Marcos SNGD provides a wide range of services to the City of San Marcos.  These include investigating narcotic and gang related complaints; initiating investigations; conducting investigations of cold crimes; responding to crime scenes to assist patrol and investigations; interviewing of suspects; development and use of confidential informants; expert resource to patrol and investigations; expert testimony in court; training in gang and narcotic related topics to patrol, community forums, civic groups, schools, and Senior Volunteers; liaison with other local, state, and federal agencies.  We also frequently support other SNGD units and various agencies with support personnel when needed.


South East Narcotics Team

The South East Narcotics Team (SENT) is a unit of the Sheriff’s Special Investigations Division and consists of one sergeant and numerous detectives. Personnel dress in plain clothes, patrol, platoon, camouflage, or black raid uniforms as needed.

The SENT detectives investigate street level sales and distribution of narcotics related activity and is responsible for complaints in Imperial Beach, Lemon Grove, Santee, Poway, Ramona, and all of the unincorporated areas served by those area stations, i.e. Bonita, Spring Valley, El Cajon, Lakeside, etc. Additionally, the SENT works along side Federal agencies and task forces like the Narcotics Task Force, FBI, ATF, and the East County Regional Gang Task Force during high level illicit narcotics distribution organizations.

If you suspect narcotics activity in your area, visit the CRIMESTOPPERS site to report it.


Vista Team of the Street Narcotics and Gang Detail
The Vista Team of the Street Narcotic and Gang Detail has responsibility for the areas covered by the Vista and Encinitas Commands.  Narcotics investigators assigned to the Vista, Fallbrook, and Encinitas Stations investigate the illegal distribution and manufacture of controlled substances at the street level; to address and solve street narcotic problems relative to specific geographic locations; and to respond to information and complaints from citizens and other sources within the station areas.

Additionally, gang detectives assigned to the Vista and Fallbrook stations conduct criminal investigations of gang related crimes, compile intelligence maintain information on gang activity within the station areas.