Direct Contact Units

The Media Relations Unit does not speak for the following operational unit. News media representatives should contact these units directly.

Homicide (858) 974-2321

  • Homicides and suspicious deaths (excluding natural deaths and traffic collisions)
  • Felony assaults where the victim’s death is probable
  • Adult kidnappings when victim is still believed to be held hostage
  • Shots fired at or by a Deputy Sheriff resulting in human injury
  • Missing adult cases unresolved by local detectives after 10 days
  • Deaths in custody

Child Abuse (858) 974-2310

Sex Crimes (858) 974-2316

Elder Abuse - Financial Crimes (858) 974-2322


Cause of Death Determinations

In the County of San Diego, the Medical Examiner’s Office is the agency that rules on the manner or cause of certain deaths.

To contact the M.E.’s Office and request copies of autopsy reports, click here.

The Public Affairs/Media Relations office is the liaison between the Office of the Sheriff, the media and the public. The Public Affairs/Media Relations office receives thousands of calls and requests annually for interviews, feature articles, television show participation, statistical information and community event participation. The office interacts daily with television, radio and print media to ensure the most up to date and reliable information is released to the public.


MAIN OFFICE PHONE: (858) 974-2259

Ms. Jan Caldwell
Public Affairs Director
E-mail Ms. Caldwell

Ms. Melissa Aquino
Media Relations Officer
E-mail Ms. Aquino

Mr. Sammy Castanon
Media Relations Officer
E-mail Mr. Castanon

Ms. Cindy Davis
Office Administrator
E-mail Ms. Davis


San Diego County Sheriff’s Department
Public Affairs/Media Relations
9621 Ridgehaven Ct.
San Diego, CA 92123

The office is open Monday-Friday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Credentialed media on deadline may call the Sheriff’s Communication Center Media Line after hours at 858-565-5555.