The San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department is the primary law enforcement agency for the county of San Bernardino. San Bernardino County is geographically the largest in the nation, encompassing 20,186 square miles.
San Bernardino County Sheriff Rod Hoops was appointed by the Board of Supervisors to complete the term of retiring Sheriff Gary S. Penrod. Sheriff Hoops’ appointment expires on January 3, 2011.
Sheriff Hoops oversees a staff of 3,700 and an annual budget of over $440million.
In 1853 the county's first sheriff, Robert Cliff, established Central Station which currently serves the unincorporated portions of the city of San Bernardino as well as the contract cities of Loma Linda and Grand Terrace. Listed below are the 10 county sheriff's stations, and the year in which they were established.
||Chino (West End)
There are 24 incorporated cities within San Bernardino County. Fourteen of those contract with the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department for law enforcement services. The Department provides these cities with full service law enforcement, traffic services, investigations, and a wide variety of safety services. In 1963, the city of Victorville became the very first city to contract with the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department. The contract cities and the date they began are:
|Big Bear Lake
Detention and Corrections
The Department's correctional facilities house an average daily inmate population of 5,600. In the year 2008, there were 108,765 persons booked into the Department's jails. The Department's jails are:
- West Valley Detention Center
- Glen Helen Rehabilitation Center
- Central Detention Center
- Adelanto Detention Center
To maintain and run a large law enforcement organization requires teamwork from a number of different sources. The following divisions are housed at Sheriff's headquarters:
- Bureau of Administration
- County Building Security
- Civil Liabilities
- Criminal Intelligence
- Employee Resources
- Information Services
- Internal Affairs
- Public Affairs
- Technical Services
- Volunteer Forces
- Specialized Investigations
The following divisions are located away from headquarters:
- Administrative Support Unit
- Court Services
- Food Services
- Medical Services
- IRNET Narcotics
- Specialized Enforcement Transportation
The Department is also served by nearly 2000 dedicated volunteers in a variety of different tasks including; search and rescue, reserve deputies, explorers, citizens on patrol, medical reserve corps and chaplains.