About The Division
The Patrol Division is dedicated to providing the best service possible to the citizens of San Joaquin County. The Patrol Division is organized to provide emergency first response, investigation of reported crimes, provide specialized police services, assist citizens, and create safe neighborhoods.
The Patrol Division has 138 deputies providing law enforcement services to the community. The deputies are deployed onto 10 patrol teams on two days off sequences (5 teams on duty each day). The county is divided into 8 geographical areas or beats. These beat areas are staffed around the clock, providing emergency and non-emergency responses to calls for service within the unincorporated areas of the county.
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Units and Teams
Animal Services is operated under the direction of the San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Office. It is responsible for protecting public health and safety by enforcing local, state, and federal laws and regulations that pertain to domesticated animals and their care in the unincorporated areas of San Joaquin County.
The Boating Safety Unit operates 365 days a year, providing law enforcement services to residents living on 700+ miles of rivers and waterways. During the summer months, they provide service to the additional tens of thousands of fishermen and boaters who visit and recreate in the Delta. They enforce penal code and boating safety laws, including vigorously pursuing and prosecuting Boating Under the Influence (BUI) violators. Through aggressive enforcement of this law, this six-person unit (assisted in the summer by reserves) has made the San Joaquin Delta a safe and enjoyable destination for boating vacationers. For tips and information regarding Boating Safety, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can also call the Boating Safety Unit at
The San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Office Communications Unit is a state-of-the-art communications center providing enhanced 911 services. To reach the Sheriff’s Communications Center at any time 24/7 dial either of the appropriate following numbers:
(209) 468-4400 or Toll-Free 1 (800) 244-0009.
The mission of the San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Office Special Weapons and Tactics Team is to protect and safeguard lives during critical incidents by providing competent and effective public safety services to all persons with the highest regard for human dignity through efficient, professional, and ethical law enforcement practices.
The San Joaquin County Sheriff’s K-9 unit was founded in 1991 and has grown to become an invaluable tool and asset to the patrol operations of the sheriff’s office and the members of the community within San Joaquin County. The K-9 unit consists of 12 teams; each team consists of one deputy sheriff and their assigned K-9 partner. Ten of these K-9 teams are assigned to county patrol for coverage on every patrol shift, and two K-9 teams are assigned to the City of Lathrop as part of Lathrop Police Services. The K-9 Unit utilizes several different breeds of dogs to include German Shepherds, Belgian Malinois, and Dutch Shepherds.
Members of the K-9 Unit respond to various calls for service that include assault with weapons, residential and commercial burglaries, and large area searches. The use of a K-9 team in situations such as those helps increase the safety of everyone involved including the officers, victims, members of the public, and the suspects. K-9 teams are also utilized to assist in searches for missing adults and children. They also make contact with countless children and other members of the public through school and public demonstrations each year. The members of the K-9 Unit protect and serve the communities within San Joaquin County.
Off Highway Vehicle Information (OHV)
The San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Office Off-Highway Enforcement Unit patrols and enforces off-highway vehicle use in San Joaquin County. There are several off-highway vehicle recreational areas in the state. You may wish to check the California State Parks, Off-highway Vehicle Recreation Division for an area near you at www.ohv.parks.ca.gov.
Towed & Stored vehicles
The Patrol Administrative Services Unit handles all telephone reports and calls concerning the release of towed, stored, or impounded vehicles. Telephone reports are any non-emergency calls for service that do not require personal contact to obtain the necessary information.
Explosive Ordinance Detail
The San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Office issues explosive use permits to appropriate licensed and insured entities with a legitimate need to use explosives within San Joaquin County. The Sheriff’s Office main focus is always public safety.
Frequently Asked Questions
Does the Sheriff operate a BICYCLE PROGRAM like city police departments
Why do you have a BOATING SAFETY unit?
What does C.O.P.P.S. stand for?
Does the Sheriff's Office have a CRIME PREVENTION unit or program?
Does the Sheriff maintain a Reserve Peace Officer Program?
WHAT IS LATHROP POLICE SERVICES?
The City of Lathrop incorporated in 1989. Prior to that, the Sheriff's Office provided law enforcement services to the community. In 1990 the City of Lathrop contracted with the Sheriff's Department to continue providing law enforcement services, (in lieu of the city starting its own police department). Deputies assigned to Lathrop volunteer to do so for a minimum of three years. They receive specialized training in vehicle code, traffic investigation, and other situations indicative of policing a city. Lathrop Police Services also teaches D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) courses to primary grade children in the community schools.
WHAT IS THAT BIG BUS I SEE ON THE ROAD MARKED SHERIFF?
Actually, the Sheriff's Office has several buses operating in the County. Many you see belong to the Community Corp Program, which utilizes inmates to clean roads and other publicly owned facilities. Court Services and Transportation Division (CSTD) operates two buses and several vans to transport detainees to and from courts in the county. BUT, the BIG BUS is M.L.E.C. (the Mobile Law Enforcement Coach). This bus, bought and built entirely with funds seized from drug dealers, is operated by S.T.A.R.S. volunteers and responds within an hour, 24 hours a day, to any call for service from a department supervisor. It provides full communication facilities (radio, cell phone, fax, computer, thermal imaging, etc.) at search & rescue sites or crime scenes. It also is seen at many community events and has won numerous awards for its innovation and design.
What type of SEARCH & RESCUE services does the Sheriff's Office have?
Currently in the development stages, the Search & Rescue unit is operated through the Boating Safety office. The unit includes Civilian and sworn staff, and can respond to lost or missing persons, drownings, natural disasters or other circumstances as determined by the on-duty sheriff's supervisors. Presently the capabilities include off-road (4X4 and motorcycle), horses, airplanes, helicopters, and divers. Training is underway to establish response time within one hour 24 hours a day to any circumstance where their expertise could be helpful in bringing a quick and successful conclusion to the incident.
What is the STARS program all about?
STARS is an acronym for Sheriff's Team Active Retired Seniors.