San Diego County Sheriff's
388 East Alvarado Street
Fallbrook, CA 92028-2052
Dispatch: (760) 728-1113
Business: (760) 451-3100
Fax: (760) 451-3141
The Fallbrook Substation serves a population of over 52,000 people in the North County unincorporated communities of Fallbrook, Bonsall, Rainbow, and
De Luz. This sprawling 137 square mile command is patrolled by the Department’s largest substation which provides a wide variety of public safety
services to the community including patrol, Community Oriented Policing and Problem Solving (COPPS), gang enforcement, investigations, and more.
Situated on the east side of Camp Pendleton, Fallbrook is home to a large military and veteran population. Outside of the core downtown area the semi-rural
character of Fallbrook dominates with rolling hills, avocado and citrus groves, nurseries, and strawberry fields. Residents of Fallbrook and its surrounding
communities identify strongly with the small-town image and are committed to helping to preserve its “Friendly Village” atmosphere. Residents
can become involved in many community-oriented activities, groups and projects to help prevent crime. The substation is committed to a continuous partnership
with the community to keep the area a safe place for families and business.
Patrol is the heart and soul of any law enforcement organization. Patrol deputies are on-duty 24 hours per day, 365 days per year. They respond to each and
every call for service and usually handle all aspects of the call without the need for specialized units, investigators, or calling in outside resources. In
addition to responding to calls for service deputies patrol the community, conduct preliminary investigations, attend community events such as Neighborhood
Watch meetings and make presentations to youth groups and schools.
All patrol deputies are trained in the COPPS philosophy. Using these principles, deputies analyze community problems and employ effective strategies to
Detectives are responsible for investigating all general crime cases submitted, and arrests made, by patrol deputies. The majority of criminal cases in
Fallbrook are investigated by the detective unit at the substation. However, the Sheriff’s Department has specialized investigative units for a number
of crimes such as murder, child abuse, financial crimes, and narcotics. The detectives, both at the substation and in the specialized units, are highly
trained and experienced professionals with years of patrol experience behind them.
COPPS deputies are also experienced and exceptional deputy sheriffs. Their job is to tackle the long-term problems that cause criminal activity.
As gang members and users of illegal drugs are the perpetrators of most preventable criminal activity, COPPS deputies focus their mission on these
two types of criminals.
The full-time crime prevention specialist at the Fallbrook Substation coordinates the Neighborhood Watch, Crime Free Multi-Housing and numerous other
programs designed to reduce opportunities for crime and catch criminals. A no-charge residential or business security check can be scheduled by
calling (760) 451-3124.
Senior volunteers have served the Fallbrook Substation and community since 1995. Approximately 60 dedicated volunteers provide many valuable
services to the community including:
▪ Vacation home security checks
▪ Visit the homebound (You Are Not Alone - YANA)
▪ Enforce disabled parking regulations
▪ Patrol in marked SVP vehicles
▪ Assist Crime Prevention with public presentations
▪ Conduct residential and business security surveys
Volunteers undergo a background check, receive training to perform their duties, and are asked to work a minimum of six hours per week.
Volunteers are always in need. If interested, contact Manny Ortega at (760) 451-3145.