Divisions and Units

Administration

San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's Office Administration has direct supervision over the Intelligence and Professional Standards Units, and oversees information systems and the Custody Division. The Administration Unit is comprised of the Sheriff, Unde... more »

Professional Standards Unit

The Professional Standards Unit was created in February 2011. Their main duties include processing personnel complaints from the community as well as tracking use-of-force incidents, vehicle pursuits, and traffic collisions. The unit also generated t... more »

Records and Warrants

The Records and Warrants Unit processes and maintains San Luis Obispo County's warrants and criminal records. Associated duties include the coordination of extraditions, registering sex/drug/arson/gang offenders, processing concealed weapons permit a... more »

Fiscal Division

The Fiscal Division supports the Sheriff's Office in areas of accounting that include accounts payable and receivable, reconciliations, grant reporting, quarterly financial reporting and budgeting. The division is comprised of an Administrative Servi... more »

Information Technology Unit

The Information Technology Unit (IT) is responsible for the purchase, installation, maintenance and support of all computer systems at the Sheriff's Office, including the computer aided dispatch system (CAD), critical records management software, arr... more »

Computer Forensic Lab

Computer Forensics is the process of obtaining evidence from digital media (computer hard drives, CDs, DVDs, cell phones, tablets, etc.) that can be presented in a court of law. The Sheriff's Office has a dedicated computer forensics lab facility and... more »

Civil Division

The Civil Division works in conjunction with the Civil Courts in San Luis Obispo County and Civil Courts throughout the State of California in the execution and service of process. Civil process includes the service of summons and complaints, small c... more »

Custody Division

The primary function of the county jail is to house pretrial arrestees and sentenced inmates in a safe and secure environment, providing protection of the community. The jail houses both male and female inmates in maximum, medium and minimum security... more »

Watch Commander's Office

The Watch Commander's Office oversees dispatch services and patrol operations on a daily basis, and regulates service call priority and order of response. The Watch Commander's Office also handles all notifications during law enforcement critical inc... more »

Dispatch Center

The Dispatch Center is a primary public safety answering point responsible for all 9-1-1 calls in the county, communications and information between the public, law enforcement, paramedics and numerous county and state departments. Several hundred th... more »

Patrol Stations

The Sheriff's Patrol Division is responsible for the first line law enforcement in the unincorporated areas of San Luis Obispo County. Deputies respond to calls for service, conduct proactive law enforcement activities, and perform initial investigat... more »

Detectives Division

The Sheriff's Office Detective Division is responsible for the investigation of criminal activities that occur and to investigate unusual and sudden deaths that take place anywhere within the county. This includes all misdemeanor and felony crimes fr... more »

Safe Team

Sexual Assault Felony Enforcement (SAFE) Team members are responsible for verifying the residency of all PC 290 (sex offender) registrants in the unincorporated areas of San Luis Obispo County. SAFE Team members provide immediate response to complain... more »

Sexual Assault Unit

The Sexual Assault Unit investigates cases of physical and sexual abuse within the unincorporated areas of the county, as well as assists outside agencies in their investigations. The Sexual Assault Unit is expertly trained to investigate highly spec... more »

Coroner's Office

The Coroner's Office investigates the cause and manner of death in most cases where a death occurred outside of a hospital or the presence of a physician, and all other cases involving homicides, suicides, accidental deaths and deaths due to suspicio... more »

Crime Laboratory

The Crime Lab provides crime scene investigations, drug analysis, evidence processing, and provides toxicological evaluations of submitted samples. These services are provided to the Sheriff's Office and allied local, state and federal agencies. For... more »

Narcotics Unit

The Narcotics Unit conducts surveillances of suspects, manages confidential informants, gathers financial records and phone toll information, monitors wire taps on suspect's phones, works in undercover capacities, writes and executes search warrants ... more »

Gang Task Force

The Gang Task Force (GTF) works with local agencies providing assistance in gang related criminal investigations, while routinely facilitating presentations for both law enforcement and community organizations. For more information about the Gang Ta... more »

Canine (K-9) Unit

The mission of the K-9 Unit is to support agency operations by providing the expertise necessary to effectively search for outstanding suspects, persons, narcotics, and evidence, while enhancing officer safety and providing outstanding service to the... more »

Special Enforcement Detail

The Special Enforcement Detail is a highly trained and specially equipped tactical team designed to resolve critical incidents including, but not limited to, hostage situations, barricaded suspects, armed suicidal subjects, crowd control, and high-ri... more »

Bomb Task Force

The Bomb Task Force is accredited by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Bomb Data Center in Washington, D.C. and is certified as a fully operational and fully equipped bomb squad, capable of rendering safe and disposing of improvised explosive devi... more »

Rural Crime Unit

The mission of the Rural Crime Unit (RCU) is to enforce laws and provide investigative services related to theft and property damage of agricultural and rural communities. Because rural crime trends are always evolving, frequent contact within t... more »

School Resource Officer Unit

The School Resource Program creates a law enforcement presence to ensure safety and promote positive relationships on school campuses and at school and community events. These events include Cops & Kids Field Day, 24 Hour Relay Challenge, Sheriff... more »

Bicycle Patrol Team

The Bicycle Patrol Team is an additional patrol function of the Sheriff's Office that is utilized to heighten the presence of law enforcement where large crowds congregate such as parades, festivals and special events. The Bicycle Patrol is able to n... more »

Marine Enforcement Unit

The Marine Enforcement Unit (MEU) is responsible for patrolling Lake Lopez as well as 165 miles of Lake Nacimiento shoreline from Memorial Day to Labor Day as well as assisting other law enforcement agencies in the county and state. The MEU is now eq... more »

Honor Guard

In 2014, with the assistance of a Sheriff’s Commander and Sergeant, the establishment of an official Sheriff’s Honor Guard was formed, making this the first dedicated Honor Guard in the department’s 164 year history. After the passi... more »

Property Room

Members of the Property Unit are responsible for the safe and secure storage, record keeping and disposition of property and evidence submitted to them by the Sheriff's Office and Narcotics Task Force. Property is stored for a variety of reasons incl... more »

Training Unit

The Training Unit provides training courses developed and instructed by members of the Sheriff's Office and certified through the California Commission on Peace Officers Standards and Training (POST) for sworn and civilian members. Personnel also att... more »

Standards and Training for Corrections Unit

The Standards and Training for Corrections Division (STC) develops and administers both current and future training for the Custody Division. The STC takes a proactive approach to correctional best practices in order to maintain a high level of corre... more »

Background Investigation Unit

The Background Investigation Unit compiles reports that include an applicant's personal history, driver's license record, warrant checks, credit history, Computer Voice Stress Analyzer examination, medical examination and psychological examination. T... more »

Crime Prevention and Public Information Unit

The Crime Prevention and Public Information Unit works on assignments in rural crime, traditional programs, and public information. The rural crime specialist presents crime prevention information and follow-up support to the ranching and agricultura... more »