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Bureaus & Teams

It takes skill and teamwork to successfully provide law enforcement in a community the size of Riverside County. All sworn deputies have completed rigorous courses in basic Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) and may elect continuing education in law enforcement. Essential duties can include:

Bureaus, Teaqms & Units
  • Prevent crime, apprehend suspects, control traffic, enforce laws and regulations, make evictions and post notices of auction.
  • Conduct preliminary and follow-up investigations for criminal activity and traffic accidents.
  • Appear and testify in court.
  • Serve civil and criminal papers.
  • Prepare reports of daily activities as required.
  • Guard, control, supervise, and transport inmates in detention facilities.
  • Implement crime prevention and public relations programs in the community.

Specialized bureaus, teams and units employ unique skills and experience in the following areas:
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  • Aviation
    Provides helicopter support for patrol operations and search and rescue incidents.
  • Central Homicide (CHU)
    Conducts thorough and objective investigations of all deaths and officer-involved shootings that occur in unincorporated Riverside County.
  • Chaplain Corps
    Provides support for employees and the public at the scene of traumatic incidents.
  • Crime Analysis Unit (CAU)
    Focuses on the analysis of who is doing what to whom and in some cases who is doing what with whom as it relates to criminal activity in our county.
  • Criminal Intelligence (CI)
    Supports the enforcement efforts of the Riverside Sheriff’s Department in tracking organized criminal activities within the county.
  • Crisis Negotiation
    Provides on-scene negotiation support to Special Enforcement deployments to include hostage and barricaded suspect negotiations.
  • Dispatch Communications
    Supports the enforcement efforts of the Riverside Sheriff’s Department in tracking organized criminal activities within the county.
  • Dive Team
    Provides underwater search and recovery services for the community and allied agencies.
  • Drug Task Force
    Provides street to mid-level drug user and trafficker investigative support.
  • Felony Warrant
    Locates, surveils, and apprehends suspects with felony warrants throughout Southern California.
  • Forensics Services Bureau (FSB)
    Provides on-scene forensic support and evidence collection at crime scenes as well as in lab forensic examinations to include document examination.
  • Gang Task Force (GTF) Opens in new window
    A multi-agency regional anti-gang task force comprised of local, state, and federal law enforcement officers focusing on the suppression, prevention and intervention of criminal street gangs.
  • Hazardous Device (HDT)
    Provides trained experts in numerous types of explosive devices as well as chemical agents with specialty equipment to handle or disarm hazardous devices throughout the county.
  • Information Services (IS)
    Maintains a centralized inventory of all completed and archived crime reports and investigations as well as compiles state and federal statistics as required by law.
  • Inmate Health Services (IHS)
    Two units, Detention Health Services and Forensics Mental Health, provide inmate health services.
  • K9 TeamK9 Law Enforcement Teams
    Provides canine support for patrol operations including suspect apprehension, evidence location and suspect tracking.
  • Off-Highway Vehicle Enforcement (ROVE)
    The Riverside County Sheriff's Department encourages owners of OHVs to seek out legal places to ride and enjoy what Riverside County has to offer. The Riverside County Sheriff's Department GIS team has created a series of maps to identify off-road parks and trails in or near the county.
  • Professional Standards Bureau (PSB)
    Conducts internal investigations regarding claims of employee misconduct.
  • Public Safety Enterprise Communication (PSEC) Opens in new window
    The Public Safety Enterprise Communication (PSEC) team is a representative group of Sheriff, County Fire, EDA and RCIT technology professionals working together with Motorola Government & Public Safety Products and Solutions to ensure an integrated public safety system for the County of Riverside.
  • Sheriff's Emergency Response Team (SERT)
    Provides technical equipment and personnel for emergency preparedness and incident management for large scale emergencies or events both natural and manmade.
  • Special Enforcement Bureau (SEB)
    Provides advanced tactical and specialty trained personnel and equipment for high-risk situations including hostage events, terrorism, and dignitary protection.
  • Technical Services Bureau (TSB)
    Provides Information Technology Services to the Sheriff's Department and all outlying facilities.
  • Tribal Liaison Unit (TLU)
    To build and foster relationships within the Native American Communities in Riverside County, provide information and training to department personnel as well as the tribal members, and to be creative in the Department's approach to improving service and the quality of life on the reservations."



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Bureaus & Teams
Non-Emergency Numbers
All 9-1-1 and non-emergency numbers support TTY communications.
Who to call in Riverside County
 Toll Free: 800-950-2444
West: 951-776-1099
Central: 951-776-1099
East - Coachella: 760-836-3215
East - Blythe: 760-921-7900
Moreno Valley: 951-247-8700
Temecula: 951-696-4357
Emergency - Dial 911