Building community trust remains a top priority for deputies as they maintain San Diego County’s status as one of the nation’s safest regions. The Sheriff’s Department conducted more than 1,700 community relations events as the property crime rate hit a 40-year low last year and the violent crime rate decreased to the fourth lowest in 40 years.
The department responded to more than 223,000 calls for service and its ASTREA helicopters conducted 64 rescue missions and provided 60 water drops.
The Sheriff’s Department also created the Homeless Assistance Resource Team (HART) program. Deputies conducted homeless outreach operations in the unincorporated areas of the County, held environmental cleanups and worked with service providers to help those experiencing homelessness find permanent housing. More teams are planned for next year.
Probation is in the midst of transforming the way it handles juvenile justice. The emphasis on compliance has changed to rehabilitation and making sure youth get the services they need to succeed.
Probation officers now take separate adult and youth training programs. The department created two new Achievement Centers and has plans for a third to help young people at risk of returning to juvenile hall.
The centers offer probation-referred youth between the ages of 14 and 19 an after-school program that includes tutoring, work readiness training, career exploration, sports recreation, counseling, case management, mentoring and follow-up services.
The two centers are located in Escondido and Southeastern San Diego. The third is planned for the East County. Probation also implemented the intervention CHOICE Program, which helps teens fulfill court requirements to successfully complete probation.
The District Attorney’s Office developed and implemented the San Diego Opioid Project focused on the dangers of opioid use. It partnered with federal law enforcement to heighten awareness of the consequences of juvenile drug smuggling.
The D.A.’s Office provided training to regional law enforcement agencies on de-escalation tactics when intervening during mental health crises.
A one-stop victim services center is also in the works. The District Attorney North County Family Justice Center will provide victim advocacy, justice and social services, and referrals to medical services.
The Fire Authority implemented an Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) program and placed USAR engines in the North County and South County.
The Office of Emergency Services is designing an earthquake early warning system pilot program.
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