San Diego County Sheriff's
13100 Bowron Road
Poway, CA 92064-5775
Dispatch: (858) 565-5200
Business: (858) 513-2800
Fax: (858) 748-7954
MESSAGE FROM CAPTAIN TODD RICHARDSON
In December 1980, The City of Poway was incorporated and began contracting Law Enforcement Services with the San
Diego Sheriff’s Department. The San Diego Sheriff’s Poway Station provides patrol, traffic and investigative
services to approximately 50,000 residents in a 48 square mile area.
The Poway Station fields 45 sworn personnel and 6 civilians for the residents of Poway. In addition to the sworn and professional
staff, there are 13 reserve deputies and 55 Senior Volunteer Patrol personnel attached to the station.
The City of Poway is a diverse community that prides itself on their motto, “The City in the Country” and by having,
consistently, one of the lowest crime rates in San Diego County and the entire State of California. Though primarily a residential
community, Poway also boasts a large aerospace and business manufacturing district, including defense giant General Atomics and the
regional headquarters of GEICO insurance. All told, the Poway Business Park employs approximately 20,000 people.
Located in northeast San Diego County, with a
population of approximately 50,000 residents, Poway is
known as “The City in the Country” and prides itself on
the fact that over half of the city’s 40 square-mile area is
preserved as dedicated open space.
Patrol deputies respond to calls for service 24 hours a
day. Each patrol deputy is assigned to a geographical
“beat” area which enables the deputies to become
familiar with the residents and problems in the area. All patrol deputies are trained in the Community
Oriented Policing and Problem Solving (COPPS) philosophy
requiring the interaction of neighborhood residents with
law enforcement. Proactive law enforcement is essential
for suppressing drug activity, burglaries and gang
development in the community.
Patrol deputies are also active in the community during
their shift, attending Neighborhood Watch meetings, and
making various presentations to youth groups, service
groups and schools.
Detectives investigate cases involving theft, physical
assaults (excluding homicides), sexual assaults,
vandalism, burglaries, annoying phone calls and other
crimes. Specialized investigative units such as
homicide, bomb/arson, financial crimes, domestic
violence, child abuse and narcotics handle those
specific crimes for the entire Sheriff's jurisdiction,
including the City of Poway.
The Detective Division is responsible for investigating
all general crime cases and arrests made by patrol
deputies. If the detective assigned to the case
determines that there is enough evidence to prove a
specific person or persons committed a crime, the case
will be forwarded to the San Diego County District Attorney's Office.
The DA's office will review the case and determine if the
case is suitable for criminal prosecution.
School Resource Officers
handle all crimes relating to students at the middle
and high school levels in the area serviced by the Poway
Sheriff's Station. These crimes include truancy,
tobacco, drug and alcohol related offences as well as
other crimes that occur on school grounds.
Crime Prevention Specialists provide the following services to businesses, schools,
senior citizen groups, churches, youth organizations and
civic groups including the following:
▪ Residential and Commercial security techniques
▪ Internet Safety
▪ Vehicle Theft Prevention
▪ Identity Theft Protection
▪ Robbery Prevention
▪ Crime Prevention for Senior Citizens
▪ Cons and Frauds
▪ Crime Prevention for Children
▪ Keeping Illegal Activity Out of Rental Property (Crime-free Multi Housing)
▪ Neighborhood Watch
▪ Business Watch
For additional information or to schedule a program,
contact the Poway Crime Prevention Unit at (858)
The San Diego County Sheriff's Senior Volunteer Patrol
program is designed to draw upon the experience of
senior citizens from our community. The men and women
participating in the Poway Station's program provide
valuable assistance to existing staff as it strives to
increase the quality of life in the community.
These dedicated volunteers provide many valuable services to the community
▪ Home vacation security checks
▪ Visit the homebound (You Are Not Alone - YANA)
▪ Enforce handicapped parking regulations
▪ Abandoned Vehicle Abatement
▪ Patrol in marked SVP vehicles
▪ Child ID Fingerprinting
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, please call (858) 513-2855.