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Media Guide
                                                                  Sheriff’s Department
                                                                  San Diego County

                                                                  MEDIA GUIDE
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                                                       Sheriff William D. Gore




Mission Statement:
      We provide the highest quality public safety service in an
      effort to make San Diego the safest urban county in the nation.
Core Values   Honesty
              We are truthful in our words and in our actions.

              Integrity
              As people of character and principle, we do
              what is right, even when no one is looking.

              Loyalty
              We are loyal to our department and our
              profession and committed to protecting the
              quality of life in the communities we serve.

              Trust
              We are confident in the integrity, the ability and
              the good character of our colleagues.

              Respect
              We treat everyone with dignity, honoring the
              rights of all individuals.

              Fairness
              We are just and impartial in all of our
              interactions. Our decisions are made without
              personal favoritism.

              Diversity
              We embrace the strength in the diversity of our
              employees and our communities.
Table of Contents
        04   Media Guidelines
        05   Public disclosure of crime and arrest reports
        09   Media access at crime/incident scenes
        10   Media access at a disaster scene

        11   Other Guidelines
        11   Crime/disaster scene guidelines
        11   Visiting an inmate in jail
        12   Station – substation and facilities addresses
        13   Area boundaries map
                                Media Guidelines




                              The San Diego County Sheriff’s Department is committed
                              to adopting an atmosphere of transparency with the
                              media and the public.

                              The purpose of this guide is to assist the media in getting timely news and
                              information from the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department and provide the
                              media and our deputies with a basic outline of releasable information.


                              This is only a reference guide and is not intended to cover every possible
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                              situation pertaining to the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department policy on the
                              release of information.
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                              Each area Watch Commander within the San Diego County Sheriff’s
                              Department’s contract stations, substations and offices can provide information
                              to the media for incidents occurring within their area. The area map associated
                              with this guide can assist you in locating the nearest office from which you are
                              seeking information.
Any information regarding investigations conducted by specialized
units such as the Homicide Detail, Bomb/Arson Unit, Domestic
Violence Unit, Child Abuse Unit, etc., will require the specialized
unit’s approval.


For general information about the San Diego County Sheriff’s
Department, its policies, procedures, history, statistical data, areas
of jurisdiction, press conference information, etc., contact the Media
Relations/Public Affairs Division at 858-974-2259 or log onto the
Sheriff’s website at www.sdsheriff.net.




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Public disclosure of crime and arrest reports
The following information will be provided upon request according
to Government Code Section 6254 (f), unless the information would
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endanger the successful completion of an investigation, or a related
investigation, or would endanger the safety of a person involved in
the incident:


Arrestee Information:
• Full name (except juveniles)
• Area of residence and occupation
• Date of birth, physical description, age and sex
• Time, date and location of arrest
• Circumstances of the arrest
• Nature of charges
• Date and time of booking
• Amount of bail and location held
• Parole or probation holds
• Time and manner of release
Suspect Information:
(Releasable information prior to arrest or charge)


Information regarding the identity of any suspect shall not be
released to the news media, unless this is necessary to aid and
assist in the investigation and in the apprehension, or to warn the
public, of any dangerous wanted person who is still at large.


Information Regarding an Ongoing Investigation:
Generally, information is withheld when release would:
• Jeopardize successful case investigation




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• Endanger a victim, witness or informant




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The name of a victim of any crime defined by sections 220, 261, 262,
264, 264.1, 273a, 273d, 273.5, 286, 288, 288a, 289, 422.6, 422.7,
422.75, or 646.9 of the California Penal Code may be withheld at the
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victim’s request, or at the request of the victim’s parent or guardian, if
the victim is a minor.


Traffic Collision Information:
Traffic collision reports are confidential except to those parties with a
proper interest (drivers, owner of vehicle, insurance company, etc.).


No person other than a party of proper interest may review or receive
a copy of a collision report.


Information that may be released includes:
• Date, time and location of collision
• Number and makes of involved vehicles
• Number of occupants and extent of injuries, if any
• A factual synopsis of the collision
                              Non-Releasable Information:
                              Identity of suspect(s) prior to arrest, except as previously noted.
                              Investigative procedure results prior to arrest, except as previously noted.


                              The name of a victim of any crime defined by sections 220, 261, 262, 264,
                              264.1, 273a, 273d, 273.5, 286, 288, 288a, 289, 422.6, 422.7, 422.75, or
                              646.9 of the California Penal Code may be withheld at the victim’s request,
                              or at the request of the victim’s parent or guardian, if the victim is a minor.
                              • Juvenile detainees, arrestees or suspects
                              • Confidential informants
                              • Individuals taken into custody under Welfare and Institutions Code 5150
                              • Criminal offender information
                              • Copies of “rap sheets”
                              • Any photograph or mug shot except to aid in capture
                                 or to warn the public of any dangerous wanted person
                                 who is still at large
                              • Information that may endanger any person including law
                                enforcement personnel
                              • Information that may jeopardize an investigation, related
                                 investigation or law enforcement proceedings
                              • Any portion of a report which reflects the analysis,
                                 recommendation or conclusion of the investigating officer
                              • Information that may disclose investigative techniques
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                              • The existence or content of any omission or confession
                              • The testimony or credibility of any witness or
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                                 prospective witness
                              • Any information known to be inadmissible as evidence in a trial
                              • Personnel, medical or similar files
                              • Records of pending litigation
                              • The names of deceased persons until the next of kin has been notified
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Media access at crime/incident scenes




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Crime/Incident scenes and Command Post areas may be closed
to the media.

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Under most circumstances, crime scenes will be closed to all
unauthorized persons, including the news media. The purpose of
any such constraint is to protect the integrity of the investigation
and to ensure a safe, coordinated and unrestricted response by
law enforcement and other emergency personnel.


The scene of a Sheriff’s Department tactical operation is the
same as a crime scene and is subject to reasonable restrictions
set forth by the incident commander. The news media shall be
allowed access to the best possible safe location as determined
by the incident commander. A Sheriff’s Public Information Officer
will be assigned to keep the media briefed.
                              Media access at a disaster scene
                              Disaster and accident scenes may be closed to the public under
                              authority of 409.5(a) P.C. which states “…a menace to the public
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                              health or safety is created by a calamity such as a flood, storm, fire,
                              earthquake, explosion or other disaster…”
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                              409.5(d) P.C. states “Nothing in this section shall prevent a duly
                              authorized representative of any news service from entering the area
                              closed…” After being advised of any existing danger, members of
                              the news media are permitted free movement in the area as long as
                              they do not hamper, deter or interfere with law enforcement or public
                              safety functions.
Other Guidelines
Crime/disaster scene guidelines
Do not establish artificial barriers. For example, do not hold the press
at bay a block from the crime scene, while allowing the general public
to wander freely just beyond the crime scene tape.


Do not prevent the taking of pictures or interviews of person(s) in
public places. The media, when legally present at an emergency scene,
may photograph or report anything or interview anyone they observe.


Do not isolate the media outside the crime/incident scene unless
the area has been secured to preserve evidence or their presence




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jeopardizes law enforcement operations.




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Do not limit access based on safety concerns. The decision to assume
the risk of danger remains with the individual reporter. A safety hazard
to the press does not justify restriction; however, it is the San Diego
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County Sheriff’s Department’s policy to warn the media of potential
dangers before allowing access.


Visiting an inmate in jail
Each inmate in the custody of the Sheriff is assigned a visit schedule.
To schedule a social visit with an inmate, telephone 1.877.WE.VISIT
(877.938.4748) or go to the Sheriff’s website at www.sdsheriff.net and
access the Detentions page.
                              Station – substation and facilities addresses

                              4S Ranch Substation              George Bailey                    Ranchita/Warner Springs
                              10282 Rancho Bernardo Rd.        446 Alta Rd., #5300              25704 San Felipe Rd. (S-2)
                              San Diego, CA 92127              San Diego, CA 92158              Warner Springs, CA 92086
                              858.521.5200                     619.661.2620                     760.782.3353
                              Alpine Station                   Imperial Beach Station           San Diego Central Jail
                              2751 Alpine Blvd.                845 Imperial Beach Blvd.         1173 Front St.
                              Alpine, CA 91901                 Imperial Beach, CA 91932         San Diego, CA 92101
                              619.659.2600                     619.498.2400                     619.615.2700
                              Borrego Springs Office           JF Duffy Administration Center   San Marcos Station
                              587 Palm Canyon Dr., Suite 111   9621 Ridgehaven Ct.              182 Santar Place
                              Borrego Springs, CA 92004        San Diego, CA 92123              San Marcos, CA 92069
                              760.767.5656                     858.974.2222                     760.510.5200
                              Boulevard/Jacumba Office         Julian Substation                Santee Station
                              39919 Highway 94                 2907 Washington St.              8811 Cuyamaca St.
                              Boulevard, CA 91905              Julian, CA 92036                 Santee, CA 92071
                              619.766.4585                     760.765.4718                     619.956.4000
                              Campo/Tecate Substation          Las Colinas Detention Facility   South Bay Detention Facility
                              378 Sheridan Rd.                 9000 Cottonwood Ave.             500 Third Ave.
                              Campo, CA 91906                  Santee, CA 92071                 Chula Vista, CA 91910
                              619.478.5378                     619.258.3176                     619.691.4810
                              Communication Center             Lemon Grove Station              Valley Center Substation
                              5555 Overland Dr.                3240 Main St.                    28205 N. Lake Wohlford Rd.
                              San Diego, CA 92123              Lemon Grove, CA 91945            Valley Center, CA 92082
                              858.565.5200                     619.337.2000                     760.751.4400
                              East Mesa Detention Facility     Pine Valley Substation           Vista Detention Facility
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                              446 Alta Rd., #5200              28848 Old Highway 80             325 S. Melrose Dr.
                              San Diego, CA 92158              Pine Valley, CA 91962            Vista, CA 92081
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                              619.661.2608                     619.473.8774                     760.940.4473
                              Encinitas Station                Poway Station                    Vista Station
                              175 N. El Camino Real            13100 Bowron Rd.                 325 S. Melrose Dr.
                              Encinitas, CA 92024              Poway, CA 92064                  Vista, CA 92081
                              760.966.3500                     858.513.2800                     760.940.4551
                              Fallbrook Substation             Ramona Substation
                              388 E. Alvarado St.              1424 Montecito Rd.
                              Fallbrook, CA 92028              Ramona, CA 92065
                              760.451.3100                     760.789.9157
                   Area boundaries map
                                               San Diego County Sheriff’s Department Facilities




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                                                                                                                     Warner Springs
                                                                                                                     Office
                                                                                                                                                    Borrego Office
                                              Vista Detention
                                              Facility             Valley Center                                             Ranchita Office
                                                                   Substation
LEGEND
                                           Vista Station
                                                                  San Marcos Station
Stations, Substations
and Offices

Main Administrative
                                                                                                                            Julian Substation
Offices                                    Encinitas
                                           Sheriff’s Station                               Ramona Substation
Detention Facilities
                                                           4S Ranch Substation
Additional Facilities
                        Miramar Training Facility                 Poway Station
                          Communication Center                                Las Colinas
                                                                              Women’s Facility
                        Regional Crime Lab                                Santee Station                                               Pine Valley Substation
                                                 Sheriff’s                                       Alpine Station
                                                Main Office
                                                      Cental
                                                      Detention                                                                                Boulevard / Jacumba
                                                                         Lemon Grove Station                                                        Substation
                                                      Facility
                                                                                                                      Dulzura Office
                                                                                                                                               Jacumba Office
                                                                                                                  Campo Substation
                                                                    South Bay Detention
                             Imperial Beach Station                 Facility
                                                                                               East Mesa & George Bailey
                                                                                                    Detention Facility
San Diego County
Sheriff’s Department
Office of Media Relations
and Public Affairs
9621 Ridgehaven Ct.
San Diego, CA 92123
858.974.2259

				
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