San Diego County Sheriff's
325 South Melrose Dr., Ste. 210
Vista, CA 92081
Dispatch: (858) 565-5200
Business: (760) 940-4551
Fax: (760) 630-9366
MESSAGE FROM CAPTAIN CHARLES CINNAMO
The Vista Sheriff’s Station has been the hub for law enforcement services in the City of Vista and the surrounding unincorporated areas
for over 50 years. Over 150 sworn, professional, and volunteer staff members strive to provide prompt and courteous customer service, while
ensuring the safety and security of those living, working, and visiting the area. To help meet the City’s mission, we provide a full
range of public safety services.
As a contract city, the City of Vista benefits from the ability to utilize all of the Sheriff’s Department assets in times of need. Our station staff
believes in quickly and aggressively handling quality of life issues, in addition to managing public safety. Working together with our community, we identify,
prioritize, and solve neighborhood concerns. We achieve this by leveraging community, private, and governmental partnerships and using progressive and evolving
policing strategies, like Information Led Policing (ILP).
Utilizing ILP enables us to efficiently and effectively deploy our resources. This means deputies aren’t simply reactive and responding to calls for
service, but proactively impacting crime trends, using internal and external collaboration to interrupt, deter, or in some circumstances predict criminal activity.
Lastly, we encourage our community to offer suggestions on how we might provide better police services now, and in the future, as we strive to ensure the
safety and security of our diverse and ever-changing Vista community.
Deputies who respond to calls for service 24 hours a
day. The Patrol Division is responsible for all general
law enforcement calls for service within the City of
Vista and the surrounding unincorporated area. Each
patrol deputy is assigned to a geographical "beat" area. This enables the deputies to become familiar with the
residents of their "beat" and with the problems in the
area. The "beat” system is a cornerstone of the
Community Oriented Policing concept requiring the
interaction of neighborhood residents with law
enforcement. 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 are assigned geographic
"beats" in the contract city and the surrounding
unincorporated areas. 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 Vista command. 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.
The DA's office will review the case and determine if the
case is suitable for criminal prosecution.
SCHOOL RESOURCE OFFICERS
School Resource Officers are assigned to high schools
within the City of Vista. They handle all crimes relating to
school students. These crimes include truancy, tobacco,
drug and alcohol related offenses as well as crimes that
occur on school grounds.
COMMUNITY ORIENTED POLICING & PROBLEM SOLVING
The Vista Townsite Community Policing and Problem Solving team identifies and resolves problems of
both a criminal and non-criminal nature for the city of Vista. COPPS Deputies perform investigative
services, provide patrol support, conduct gang and drug awareness presentations to the community, and
coordinate municipal and departmental resources to improve public safety and address "quality of life"
issues affecting the citizens of Vista.
COPPS Deputies also conduct directed enforcement details focusing on arresting habitual offenders, transient camps,
chronic drunks, persons with outstanding arrest warrants, or monitoring the compliance with the subject’s conditions
of probation / parole.
COPPS Deputies respond to crime using a philosophy that promotes organizational strategies, which support the systematic
use of partnerships. COPPS involves the identification and utilization of various resources, and the development of
partnerships within the community, and/or with other agencies, groups and individuals. It uses a systematic approach
to solving problems which can be used to deal with any issue that affects the community including prostitution, human
trafficking, graffiti, alcohol and tobacco related crimes. Civil abatement is also an option to remedy traditional
problems (ie. Gang, drug, prostitution and general nuisances).
Crime Prevention Specialists at the Vista Station
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 more information or to schedule a program,
contact the Vista Crime Prevention Unit at (760)
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 Vista Station's program provide
valuable assistance to existing staff as it strives to
increase the quality of life in the community.
These dedicated volunteers - seniors 50 years and
older - provide many valuable services to the community
▪ Home vacation 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
▪ Abandoned Vehicle Abatement
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 (760) 940-4434.