Ranchita Substation

San Diego County Sheriff's
Ranchita Substation

25704 San Felipe Road (S-2)

Warner Springs, CA 92086



Emergency:  9-1-1

Dispatch: (858) 565-5200

Business: (760) 782-3353

Fax: (760) 782-4106



The Ranchita/Warner Springs Substation was opened in 1993.  The substation provides law enforcement services to the communities of Warner Springs, Ranchita and Borrego Springs, and the Santa Ysabel, Los Coyotes and Mesa Grander Indian Reservations.  At just over 1,400 square miles, the substation is responsible for one-third of the county, the largest area in square miles than any other station, from ten miles of the Mexican border to the Riverside county line, the Imperial County line to a few miles of the community of Ramona and eastern slopes of the Palomar Mountain range. 


The substation started off as a portable trailer in Ranchita until the County of San Diego Public Works Department moved out of an old county road station and the Sheriff moved in.  Prior to 1993, resident deputies worked from home.  The Warner Springs Ranch is a well-known tourist location with natural hot springs, golf course, and a glider port that brings in thousands of visitors throughout the year.




Mission Statement:  To conduct meaningful and constructive dialogues between the San Diego Sheriff’s Department and citizens in the Rural Enforcement Division on law enforcement concerns, issues and priorities and ensure that the citizens’ expressed concerns are addressed in a collaborative and effective manner.


The San Diego County Sheriff’s Department initiated the Citizen Advisory Group (CAG) based upon the recognition that members of the community are an integral part of any law enforcement strategy.  The department knows the community has insights and perspectives that can assist Sheriff's deputies control and prevent crimes in the communities they serve.  Thus, the CAG provides a forum to encourage open communication between law enforcement and the community.  The Ranchita CAG hopes to foster a greater sense of ownership on behalf of the citizens in addition to a greater sense of collaboration with law enforcement officials in the east county.