San Diego County Sheriff's
175 North El Camino Real
Encinitas, CA 92024-2899
Dispatch: (858) 565-5200
Business: (760) 966-3500
Narcotics Tip Line: (760) 966-3518
The Encinitas Station serves nearly 60 square miles which
includes the cities of Del Mar, Encinitas
and Solana Beach, and the unincorporated
communities of Rancho Santa Fe, Del Dios, Camp Pendleton
and San Onofre. In addition, the San Diego County
Sheriff's Department contracts with the Del Mar
Thoroughbred Club and the 22nd Agricultural District for law enforcement services at the
San Diego County Fair, Del Mar Races, and other events throughout
Patrol deputies are first responders, responding to crimes or emergencies in
progress, calls for service. They conduct routine
patrols with their primary focus on
the protection and
preservation of life. They conduct preliminary
investigations and apprehend law violators.
Traffic deputies focus on vehicle code enforcement, traffic
collision investigations and traffic control. The California Highway Patrol
is the agency responsible for traffic enforcement in the unincorporated areas throughout the
state of California.
The Investigative Unit is responsible for investigating general crimes against people and property crimes.
Follow-up investigations on specific crimes requiring specialized expertise may be conducted by the department’s
centralized units shown as follows:
▪ CATCH Team
▪ Child Abuse
▪ Domestic Violence
▪ Sexual Assault Unit
▪ Financial Crimes/Elder Abuse
▪ Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force
▪ Jurisdictions Unified for Drug Gang Enforcement (JUDGE)
▪ Juvenile Intervention
▪ Narcotic Task Force
▪ Regional Auto Theft Task Force (RATT)
▪ San Diego Fugitive Task Force
▪ Sexual Assault Felony Enforcement (SAFE) Task Force
▪ Sex Offender Management Unit (SOMU)
▪ Street Narcotics and Gang Detail
The Encinitas Station assigns deputies to specifically conduct complex narcotics investigations
within its jurisdiction. The deputies respond to complaints originating from citizens
who report suspicious activity and
leads and/or arrests made by patrol deputies.
Investigators focus on crimes
involving the sale, possession and distribution of illicit drugs
and cases involving seizures
of property. The cities of Encinitas and Solana Beach jointly fund one Narcotic Enforcement Deputy who works with other
working narcotics enforcement.
COPPS ("Community Oriented Policing and Problem Solving")
COPPS deputies are special purpose deputies targeting issues that can negatively impact the quality of life for our citizens.
tailor their enforcement to address problems they are
specifically working on, allowing them to develop multifaceted responses to complex issues.
COPPS deputies also coordinate the
station’s Citizens’ Academy, an academy designed to provide local citizens with an overview of the
department and criminal justice system.
Crime Prevention Unit
The Crime Prevention Unit focuses
on community outreach regarding crime prevention
techniques, current trends and prevention education.
The unit provides an array of free services including
assisting communities in starting neighborhood and/or
business watch groups, conducting a variety of community
safety presentations, community alerts, Crime Prevention
Through Environmental Design (CPTED) reviews, and
security consultations for commercial and residential
properties. For more information contact the station's Crime Prevention Unit at (760) 966-3500.
Upcoming Events and Current Topics
Please click any of the links below for upcoming events or information of current interest.
Community Service Officers (CSOs)
CSOs are non-sworn employees who
are able to complete certain crime
investigations, assist with traffic control, and manage
the Redflex (red-light camera) enforcement.
A Crime Analyst assists the Encinitas Station in
monitoring and predicting crime trends.
The Encinitas Station is very fortunate to have a group of highly trained and dedicated volunteers who assist in
providing services to the community and department.
Volunteer groups consist of reserve deputies and senior
volunteers (seniors age 50 and older).
Reserve deputies primarily assist patrol deputies perform law enforcement
functions including responding to calls and prisoner transports. They also work a multitude of special events for our cities.
Nearly 50 senior volunteers assist the station with
administrative duties and patrolling the community.
Senior volunteers consistently contribute a remarkable
amount of their time. Last year alone, they
gave more than 13,000 hours of service.
Senior volunteers provide extra patrols, shopping center patrols, park patrols, vacation checks, YANA (You Are Not Alone)
checks, school patrols, special community event
assistance, foot patrols, traffic control, disabled
parking enforcement, administrative
duties, and crime scene security. If you would
like additional information about the Encinitas Senior
Volunteer Program program, please
contact the station’s Senior Volunteer Program Administrator Larry Reisner at
There are a variety of ways for citizens to be involved with the
department and give back to their communities.
Citizen volunteers provide essential services. We are always looking for
interested men and women.