San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) reports that the County of San Diego’s crime rate has been lower compared to the past 40 years and has been lower than the nation's, but property crime (burglary, larceny theft, and motor vehicle theft) rate per 1000 people from 2020 to 2021 increased by 9%, while violent crime (homicide, rape, robbery, and aggravated assault) rate per 1000 increased by 8%.
SANDAG also reports that Public Safety Expenditures for the FY 2020-2021 decreased by 3% to $2.45 Billion, which equates to $734 per resident of the County, and regionally, there are 129 officers for 1,000 people.
As a voter, it is helpful to understand the departments that play a role in our community's public safety.
Public Safety Group[edit | edit source]
San Diego County’s Public Safety Group work together to provide law enforcement and public safety services while also playing a key role in preparing for and responding to natural disasters and emergency. The following departments are part of the Public Safety Group and their general functions:
- Animal Services - Investigates animal law violations, provides animal care and shelter, issues animal licensing and performs animal rescue.
- Department of Child Support Services - Establishes paternity and establish, support, and modify support orders
- District Attorney* - Responsible for prosecuting felony crimes committed in the County and misdemeanors outside the City of San Diego.
- Emergency Medical Services (EMS) - Provides credentials and training for prehospital personnel and develops policies governing the delivery of EMS.
- Office of Emergency Services - Coordinates the overall county response to disasters.
- Medical Examiner - Certifies the cause and manner of death for all homicides, suicides, accidents and sudden/unexpected natural deaths.
- Probation - Prevents recidivism and protects community safety.
- Public Defender - Provides legal representation to those who are unable to financially retain private counsel.
- San Diego County Fire - Provides fire and medical emergency services.
- Sheriff* - Manages detention facilities, patrol stations, a crime lab and support operations to provide law enforcement coverage of the county.
*The County Sheriff and County District Attorney are elected officials.
|John Hemmerling||Kelly Anne Martinez|
|Chief Criminal Prosecutor||Undersheriff|
Public Safety Resources[edit | edit source]
Police Station and Substations[edit | edit source]
The Sheriff manages 21 patrol stations and substations in the County of San Diego. Taxpayers are able to contact the nearest station to their residence.
|4S Ranch Substation||10282 Rancho Bernardo Road
San Diego, CA 92127
|Alpine Substation||2751 Alpine Boulevard
Alpine, CA 91901
|Borrego Springs Office||2620 Country Club Road
San Diego, CA 92004
|Boulevard Office||39919 Highway 94
Boulevard, CA 91905
|Campo Substation||378 Sheridan Road, PO Box 7
Campo, CA 91906
|Dulzura Office||1135 Community Building Road
Dulzura, CA 91917
|Fallbrook Substation||388 East Alvarado Street
Fallbrook, CA 92028
|Imperial Beach Substation||845 Imperial Beach Boulevard
Imperial Beach, CA 91932
|Julian Substation||2907 Washington Street, PO Box 369
Julian, CA 92036
|Lakeside Substation||12365 Parkside Street
Lakeside, CA 92040
|Lemon Grove Substation||3240 Main Street
Lemon Grove, CA 91945
|North Coastal Station||175 North El Camino Real
Encinitas, CA 92024
|Pine Valley Substation||28696 Old Highway 80 PO Box 312
Pine Valley, CA 91962
|Poway Station||13100 Bowron Road
Poway, CA 92064
|Ramona Substation||1424 Montecito Road
Ramona, CA 92065
|Ranchita Substation||25704 San Felipe Road (S-2)
Warner Springs, CA 92086
|Rancho San Diego Station||11486 Campo Road
Spring Valley, CA 91978
|San Marcos Station||182 Santar Place
San Marcos, CA 92069
|Santee Station||8811 Cuyamaca Street
Santee, CA 92071
|Valley Center Substation||28201 N. Lake Wohlford Road
Valley Center, CA 92082
|Vista Station||325 South Melrose Dr., Ste. 210
Vista, CA 92081
Useful Websites[edit | edit source]
References[edit | edit source]
- ↑ https://www.sandag.org/uploads/publicationid/publicationid_4829_31894.pdf
- ↑ https://www.sandag.org/uploads/publicationid/publicationid_4831_31998.pdf
- ↑ https://www.sandiegocounty.gov/content/sdc/public_safety.html
- ↑ https://www.sddac.com/content/sdc/das/contact/about.html
- ↑ https://www.sandiegocounty.gov/content/sdc/dcss/NewCustomer/
- ↑ https://www.sdcda.org/office/AboutSDCDA
- ↑ https://www.sandiegocounty.gov/content/sdc/ems/aboutems.html
- ↑ https://www.sandiegocounty.gov/content/sdc/oes.html
- ↑ https://www.sandiegocounty.gov/content/sdc/me/welcome.html
- ↑ https://www.sandiegocounty.gov/content/sdc/probation/about.html
- ↑ https://www.sandiegocounty.gov/content/sdc/public_defender.html
- ↑ https://www.sandiegocounty.gov/content/sdc/sdcfa.html
- ↑ https://www.sdsheriff.gov/bureaus/about-us
- ↑ https://www.sdsheriff.gov/bureaus/law-enforcement-services-bureau/patrol-stations