The San Diego Police Department came to existence in the year 1889. Prior to that time the city was patrolled by constables and city marshals. San Diego even spent a five-year period under military control in the 1850s.
The first SDPD headquarters was located at Fifth and G Street, in the old City Hall building. Since then it has moved several times, eventually settling into its current facility in 1987.
San Diego Police Department Headquarters
1401 Broadway St.
San Diego, CA 92101
Non-Emergency Phone: 619-531-2000
Emergency Phone: 9-1-1
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San Diego’s first police uniform consisted of coats with high collars, badges with seven-point stars and derby hats. Back then, officers worked 12 hours a day, 7-days a week and were paid $100 per month. Mounted patrolmen were required to provide their own horses. The modern-day mounted patrol was first established in 1934. Although it experienced a several decade hiatus beginning in the late 1940s it was reestablished in 1983 and remains active through today.
The city’s jail facility has also evolved significantly. San Diego’s first jail was constructed in 1850 at a cost of $5,000, but first prisoner escaped within hours of his incarceration after using a pocket knife to dig a hole in the wall. The second jail was an escape-proof cage structure located in the Old Town Plaza. In 1871 the jail was moved to its current location downtown.
Today, the San Diego Central Jail (SDCJ) employs more than 200 sworn officers and approximately 200 civilian employees.
The San Diego Department employs hundreds of civilian employees and sworn personnel. It consists of patrol staff and 12 special units, each designed to ensure the safety of the City’s 1,302,000 residents. The Department is currently led by Chief William M. Lansdowne.
Lansdowne believes that his focus on Community Oriented Policing has greatly benefited city residents. Through programs such as Citizens Patrol groups, Safe Streets NOW, the Drug Abatement Response Team and the revitalized Neighborhood Watch Program, non-emergency calls have decreased, allowing for faster response times for emergency-situation requests.
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