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Here at the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department we are proud of our Western heritage, but we are just as proud of our recent accomplishments.   Our Department is one of the leading law enforcement agencies in the region – foremost in many areas of technology, and on the cutting edge when it comes to advanced community policing techniques.   I believe our training facilities rank with the best, and our employee family is second to none.    It's my belief that this website will give you some idea how extraordinary these people are, and how effective our policies and programs continue to be.                        
All law enforcement agencies face many challenges and ours is no exception: increased threats from domestic and international terrorism, increases in technology-based crimes, reduced federal grant expenditures, and ever-rising costs of personnel and benefits, require us to think creatively and resourcefully.   The challenges are real, but so are the creativity and dedicated efforts of our first-rate staff.   This Department continues to grow and succeed.   Our people make it happen in partnership with a County leadership team that is supportive and cooperative.                        

I thank you for visiting the website.   I hope you find it easy to use and informative, and hope you will take advantage of our interactive functions to let us know how we can serve you better.   But above all, I hope you discover how strong our commitment to public safety is, and how the men and women of this Department work courageously every day to uphold a proud tradition of professional law enforcement services.   


                                                                John McMahon, Sheriff - Coroner

Vision Statement

We believe in being a high performance, inclusive department with high professional standards of integrity, ethics and behavior -- guided by the letter and spirit of the law, and the law enforcement code of ethics. We will relentlessly investigate criminal acts and arrest those guilty of violating the law, while building positive relationships with those we serve.


This requires each of us to:


Treat all people with respect, fairness and compassion.


Value each employee's and citizen's contribution to the department and the community regardless of position, assignment or role.


Create a work environment that encourages innovation, input and participation, and values each member's diversity.


Work in partnership with each other and the community to reach an environment where we are all accountable and responsible to one another.

Value Statement

We believe in strong, effective law enforcement services.

We believe in high professional standards of integrity, ethics, and behavior -- guided by the letter and spirit of the Law, and the Law Enforcement Code of Ethics.

We believe in a balance between personal and professional life.

We believe in attaining and maintaining excellent physical conditioning, current intellectual competence, and optimum mental health.

We have a personal and professional commitment to improve our communities and earn their trust, respect, and support through active partnerships, involvement and service.

We believe that we should treat all people with respect, fairness, and compassion.

We believe in loyalty and support for each other and the community without compromise of the high ethical standards of law enforcement.

We believe in recognition for, and valuing of each individual's contribution to the Department and the community regardless of position, assignment or role.

We believe in open and honest communications, both internal and external.

We believe in an empowering work environment that encourages innovation, input and participation, and values each member's diversity.

We believe in all members working together to achieve department goals through partnership with each other and the community.

We believe in initiative and autonomy at all levels with responsibility for our own actions and the actions of those we lead and influence.

We believe in an equitable system that evaluates each person on their merit and provides for appropriate recognition and just sanctions.

We have pride in the law enforcement profession with a productive work ethic and a high level of commitment to the Department and the community.   

Code of Ethics

As a Law Enforcement Officer, my fundamental duty is to serve mankind; to safeguard lives and property; to protect the innocent against deception, the weak against oppression or intimidation, and the peaceful against violence or disorder; and to respect the Constitutional rights of all persons to liberty, equality and justice.

I will keep my private life unsullied as an example to all; maintain courageous calm in the face of danger, scorn or ridicule; develop self-restraint; and be constantly mindful of the welfare of others. Honest in thought and deed in both my personal and official life, I will be exemplary in obeying the laws of the land and the regulations of my department. Whatever I see or hear of a confidential nature or that is confided to me in my official capacity will be kept ever secret unless revelation is necessary in the performance of my duty.

I will never act officiously or permit personal feelings, prejudices, animosities or friendships to influence my decisions. With no compromise for crime and with relentless prosecution of criminal, I will enforce the law courteously and appropriately without fear or favor, malice or ill will, never employing unnecessary force or violence and never accepting gratuities.

I recognize the badge of my office as a symbol of public faith, and I accept it as a public trust to be held so long as I am true to the ethics of the police service. I will constantly strive to achieve these objectives and ideals, dedicating myself before God to my chosen enforcement.

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