About the Sheriff's Department
Riverside County, created in 1893 from portions of San Bernardino and San Diego counties, is the fourth largest in the state of California covering over 7,300 square miles.
The law enforcement professionals of the Riverside County Sheriff's Department, with a staff of over 3,600 dedicated men and women, cover this expanse of southern California and are dedicated to serving the citizens of its communities with integrity, professionalism, leadership and loyalty.
- First Responders - 24/7 uniformed first responders to handle
calls for service from the public
- Police Services for 17 of 28 cities and 1 tribal community
- Search and Rescue - 24/7 responsibilities countywide
- Emergency Response - 24/7 law enforcement emergency response for disasters and terrorist attacks countywide
- Mutual Aid Coordination for law enforcement resources countywide
- Enforce Criminal Law on tribal lands
- Jail System - Operate and maintain a countywide jail system to serve all agencies and our local courts
- Court Services - Court security and civil service countywide
- Coroner-Public Administrator responsibilities countywide
- Joint Task Force - Lead agency for federal, state, and local integration of joint task force efforts
The mission of the Office of Sheriff is to meet the mandates prescribed by California law, provide responsive, innovative and efficient public safety; while working in partnership with the community and our allied agencies.
In partnership with the public, we serve to protect the public by the suppression and prevention of crime, and the reduction of criminal recidivism; and,
Perform all mandates of the Office of Sheriff as provided in the U.S. Constitution, California Constitution, and laws of the State of California, including upholding federal laws, and the investigation and enforcement of violations of state laws and local ordinances in a fair and reasonable manner; and,
Serve our superior courts by providing court security, service of civil process, and execution of lawful orders of the court; and, maintain the county jails and prisoners committed therein pursuant to state guidelines, regulations and as prescribed by law in a fair and humane manner; and, perform Coroner-Public Administrator functions pursuant to law.
"The protection of the public safety is the first responsibility of local government and local officials have an obligation to give priority to the provision of adequate public safety services."
California Constitution Article 13, Sec. 35. (2)