Valley Center Substation

San Diego County Sheriff's
Valley Center Substation

28201 N. Lake Wohlford Rd.

Valley Center, CA 92082-6742



Emergency:  9-1-1

Dispatch: (858) 565-5200

Business: (760) 751-4400

Fax: (760) 751-4430



Since the inception of the San Diego Sheriff's Department in 1850, deputy sheriffs have patrolled the hills, valleys and mountains of Valley Center.  The Valley Center Substation provides law enforcement services to over 25,000 residents and an area encompassing 330 square miles which includes the communities of Pala, Pauma and Rincon Valleys, Palomar Mountain, and the Rancho Guejito Ranch, La Jolla, Pala, Pauma, Rincon, and San Pasqual Indian reservations. 


Originally inhabited by the Luiseņo Indians, Valley Center was actually several communities in the nineteenth century including Vineyard, Lilac, and Bear Valley.  The Bear Valley name came from the capture of the largest ever California grizzly bear in 1866.  The huge 2,200-pound bear had been threatening man and animal, and was killed upon a reward offered by Colonel A.E. Maxcy who owned the Vineyard Ranch.  The bear was skinned and cut up, with more than one pound of lead found inside its head.  Colonel Maxcy kept the skull of the bear as a souvenir until around 1900 when it was reportedly sold to a museum in the south, believed to be either Georgia or Tennessee.  According to the Valley Center Historical Society, efforts in recent years to locate the skull have been unsuccessful.  In 1878, the community name was changed from Bear Valley to Valley Centre.  In 1887, the current area name, Valley Center, became the official spelling.



Patrol deputies respond to calls for service, 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 (Community Oriented Policing and Problem Solving) philosophy. Using these principals, deputies analyze community problems and employ strategic plans in order to solve problems.


The Detective Division is responsible for investigating all general crime cases and arrests made by the 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. That DA's office will review the case and determine if the case is suitable for criminal prosecution.


The Valley Center Crime Prevention Specialist provides information and presentations about the following topics:

▪  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
▪  Agricultural Crime Investigations

For more information or to schedule a program, contact (760) 751-4408.


Learn more about the Sheriff's Crime Prevention Program


Senior volunteers have served the Valley Center Substation since August 1995. These dedicated volunteers - seniors 50 years and older - provide many valuable services to the community including:

▪  Make vacation home security checks
▪  Visit the homebound (You Are Not Alone - YANA)
▪  Enforce handicapped parking regulations
▪  Patrol in marked SVP vehicles
▪  Assist Crime Prevention with public presentations
▪  Conduct residential and business security surveys
▪  Assist in locating Alzheimer's patients

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 you're interested in becoming a Senior Volunteer at the Valley Center Substation contact (760) 751-4426.


Learn more about the Sheriff's Senior Volunteer Program