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The San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department (SBSD) serves San Bernardino County, Californiamarker, which is geographically the largest county in the lower 48 states. SBSD provides law enforcement services to the unincorporated areas of the county and contract law enforcement services to 14 of the county's cities, serving a total of 1,029,466 of the county's 2 million residents. The department also operates the county jail system, provides marshal services for the county superior courts, and has numerous other specialized divisions to serve the citizens of San Bernardino County.



Organizational structure

The current Sheriff of San Bernardino County is Sheriff Rod Hoops. Serving below the Sheriff is the Undersheriff, who is the second in command of the department. Beneath the Undersheriff are two Assistant Sheriff's. One Assistant Sheriff is in charge of Operations and the other is in charge of Support. SBSD is further organized into seven bureau's. Each bureau is commanded by a Deputy Chief. The bureau's are:

Administrative Services Bureau

This bureau operates the following divisions:

  • Emergency Services- Aviation and Volunteer Forces.
    • Aviation provides services including general law enforcement support, surveillance, fire suppression, medical transport, and search and rescue duties. It operates 6 Astar B-3 Eurocopters, 1 Mcdonnell Douglas MD500E, 2 Bell UH-1H Super Huey II's, 1 Bell 212, 1 Sikorsky H-3, 1 Aero Commander Grand Reconnaissance, and 1 Cessna 182. Deemed the third largest, non-military air force in the world.
    • Volunteer Forces supports the 2,000 volunteers within 112 units in SBSD. These units include Reserve Deputies, Explorer Scouts, and Search and Rescue members. These people, working for free, donate and average of 500,000 hours a year to the county .

  • Employee Resources- The personnel in this division participate in recruiting, conduct background investigations on potential employees, are responsible for payroll and benefits, and oversee the issuance of Concealed Weapons Permits.

  • Training- This incldues the Basic Academy, the Emergency Vehicle Operations Center, the Advanced Officer Training Center, and Firearms Training Center.
    • SBSD operates its own intensive, structured format, on-site post certified basic academy in conjunction with San Bernardino Valley College. The program is 23 weeks in length.
    • The Emergency Vehicle Operations Center (EVOC) provides driving training to entry level and in-service officers.
    • The Advanced Officer Training Center provides advanced law enforcement courses in a variety of topics to both sworn and non-sworn personel.
    • The Firearms Training Center provides firearms training to SBSD and numerous other agencies in Southern California. Additionally every trimester SBSD deputies as well as several other county agencies conduct firearms qualifications, perishable skills, and other important training through the center's Range/Use of Force Unit.

Court Services Bureau

Detentions and Corrections Bureau

SBSD operates a total of 9 jail facilities throughout the county. The average daily inmate population is 5,600. In 2006, 107,606 people were booked into these jails. The bureau operates the following Type-II jails that are used for long term housing:

  • West Valley Detention Center ' - This is SBSD's main jail facility and opened in June, 1991. It is located in Rancho Cucamongamarker. It is used primarily to house pre-sentenced county inmates, and is capable of housing 3,291 inmates daily.

  • Central Detention Center - This facility served as SBSD's main jail since its opening in 1971. It is located in downtown San Bernardino. It is primarily used to house pre-sentenced county inmates and federal inmates, and averages a daily population of 930. The US Marshal Service also uses the facility as the west coast hub for transporting and housing federal inmates.

  • Glen Helen Rehabilitation Center- This facility primarily serves as housing for inmates sentenced to county jail. It also houses some pre-sentence inmates. It averages a population of 1020 inmates daily. It is located in Devoremarker, at the north end of San Bernardino.

  • Adelanto Detention Center - This is SBSD's newest jail facility, which opened in January 2006. It is used to house approximately 700 pre-sentence inmates per day.

  • Transportation Detail - This detail operates 12 buses, 13 vans, and 2 cars to transport an average of 286,000 yearly, mostly to court appearances. In 2006, the detail accumulated .

Field Support Bureau

Patrol Operations Region I

This bureau provides law enforcement services to the densely populated southwest corner of the county, which includes parts of the San Bernardino Valley, Pomona Valley, Cucamonga Valley, and the communities in the San Bernardino Mountainsmarker.The valley areas are part of the Inland Empiremarker. This area is the 15th largest United States metropolitan area. This area also operates a Type I Jail booking facility.

  • Big Bear Regional Station - Provides law enforcement services to the City of Big Bear Lake, Californiamarker, as well as the unincorporated areas of Big Bear Citymarker, Sugarloafmarker, Baldwin Lakemarker and throughout the Big Bear Valley.
    • Big Bear Jail - This is a Type I Jail used for booking and court holding for the Big Bear Superior Court. It is located at the Big Bear Station.

  • Central Station - This station provides law enforcement services to the unincorporated areas around San Bernardino as well as contract law enforcement to the cities of Loma Lindamarker, Grand Terracemarker, and the San Manuel Indian Reservation. The unincorporated areas include Muscoymarker, Devoremarker, as well as parts of San Bernardino, Rialto, and Colton. The ghost town of Trona is also served by the Central Station.

  • Chino Hills Regional Station - Formerly known as the West End Station, this station serves the unincorporated areas around Montclairmarker, Uplandmarker, Ontariomarker, Chinomarker, the Mount Baldy Wilderness, and provides contract law enforcement to the City of Chino Hillsmarker.

  • West Foothill Station (Formerly Fontana Station) - Provides law enforcement services to the unincorporated areas around the City of Fontanamarker, including Bloomingtonmarker, Lytle Creekmarker, San Antonio Heights, and the Auto Club Speedway.

  • Highland Police(sub-station) - This station provides contract law enforcement services exclusively to the City of Highland, Californiamarker.

  • West Valley Regional Station/Rancho Cucamonga Police – This station provides contract law enforcement exclusively to the City of Rancho Cucamongamarker and the unincorporated town of San Antonio Heights.

Patrol Operations Region II

This bureau provides law enforcement services to the large Mojave Desert portion of the county . The deputies at many of these stations operate in remote areas. This area also operates 4 of SBSD's Type I Jail booking facilities.

  • Adelanto Police Department - This station exclusively serves the City of Adelantomarker.

  • Apple Valley Police Department - This station exclusively serves the Town of Apple Valleymarker.

  • Colorado River Station - Serves the unincorporated areas at the east end of the county near Needles and provides contract law enforcement to the city of Needlesmarker. The areas include Big Rivermarker, Parker Dammarker, and Havasu Landing. This station has a resident deputy sub-station in Havasu Landing. It also operates a Marine Enforcement unit that patrols San Bernardino County's portion of the Colorado River.
    • Needles Jail - This Type I Jail is used as a booking facility for the Needles area and court holding for the Needles Superior Court. It is located at the Colorado River Station.

  • Hesperia Police(substation)- This substation provides law enforcement services for the City of Hesperiamarker.

  • Victorville Police(with 3 other substation in the city)- This substation provides contract law enforcement exclusively to the City of Victorvillemarker.

Specialized Operations Bureau


Aviation provides services including general law enforcement support, surveillance, fire suppression, medical transport, and search and rescue duties. It operates the following aircraft:

Members Killed on Duty

Ten SBSD deputies have been killed in the line of duty. SBSD established the Frank Bland Memorial at its headquarters to honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice while serving the citizens of San Bernardino County .

  • Deputy Billy Heckle EOW January 1, 1960. Deputy Heckle was shot and killed while protecting another deputy in Bloomington.

  • Lt. Al Stewart EOW March 9, 1973. Lt. Stewart was shot and killed by an ex-convict who had just killed a CHP officer and service station employee in the Cajon Pass. Lt. Stewart exchanged gunfire with the killer, but was tragically killed with the CHP officer's stolen revolver.

  • Deputy Frank Pribble EOW July 6, 1975. Deputy Pribble was shot and killed at a rest stop near Fontana after locating a suspect who had been involved in a domestic disturbance.

  • Deputy Clifford Sanchez EOW April 5, 1985. Deputy Sanchez was shot and killed during a robbery attempt in San Bernardino.

  • Deputy Donald Demuelle EOW July 31, 1986. He died when the helicopter he was flying in crashed into Lake Silverwood. The helicopter was attempting to locate grand theft auto suspects who were stripping cars in the area.

  • Deputy Keith Farley EOW April 12, 1987. Deputy Farley died from a cerebral hemorrhage after a kick to the head from a suspect while arresting him.

  • Deputy Russell Roberts EOW September 17, 1995. Deputy Roberts was struck by a vehicle while investigating a traffic collision near Needles.

  • Deputy Ron Ives EOW September 1, 2004. Deputy Ives died in Rancho Cucamonga while riding a motor unit when a citizen ran a red light and collided with him.

  • Deputy Greg Gariepy EOW June 22, 2005. Deputy Gariepy died in a traffic collision when responding to assist another deputy in Yucca Valley.

  • Deputy Danny Lobo, Jr EOW October 11, 2005. Deputy Lobo died in a traffic collision in Rancho Cucamonga while responding to assist another deputy. He was assigned to a motor unit.

See also


  1. About SBSD
  2. SBSD 2007 Annual Report
  3. SBSD Aviation
  4. SBSD Volunteer Forces
  5. SBSD Correction Bureau Webpage
  6. SBSD Patrol Stations
  7. Frank Bland Memorial

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