Keeping San Diego Safe
San Diego County continues to have one of the lowest crime rates in the country with violent crime is at the lowest in 47 years. The Sheriff's Department leads the county with information-led policing strategies, employing 33 analysts who inform decision-making. This analytical and evidence-based process creates a framework that supports our policing efforts by strategically directing resources to areas where we can most effectively reduce crime.
Engaging the Community
Community outreach is a top priority of the Sheriff's Department. Among our many programs, deputies serve as counselors to students in the East County to foster understanding between law enforcement and the community. Camp LEAD challenges students to look outside themselves to become positive change on their campuses, and in their neighborhoods, by teaching them skills to help improve the communities in which they live. This worthwhile and successful program will soon be in other parts of the county, facilitated by Sheriff's Deputies.
The RESPECT Project is a character building and mentoring program designed for teenage youth. Currently serving the North County region, the RESPECT Project was developed in 2014, by the San Diego County Sheriff's Department. The program is a 16-week commitment aiming to reduce juvenile delinquency, lower recidivism, and offer alternatives to street gangs, substance abuse, and a life trapped in the criminal justice system. In addition to weekly classes and mentoring, the RESPECT Project also partners with health community groups, businesses, and faith-based organizations to supplement the program and further enrich the students' personal lives.
The Sheriff's Department partners with community groups, the Health and Human Services Agency and the cities we serve in Homeless Outreach throughout the county. Every week, deputies and our partner agencies locate homeless in our communities, and offers them services, not as a hand out, but as a hand up. Our efforts will continue to grow and expand as we connect with the larger regional problem of homelessness.
Using Jails for Rehabilitation
The State of California efforts to reduce prison populations substantially increased the Sheriff's Department burden, as it relates to housing criminals in San Diego County. Due to the shift in housing inmates from state prisons to county jails, we have experienced larger numbers of long-term incarcerations. Sheriff Gore has embraced this challenge by an innovative approach to providing opportunities in career training to those men and women who are housed in our jails.
The Las Colinas Detention and Reentry Facility is providing inmates a second chance through the Culinary Arts Program. Inmates in the program learn to prepare food for the facility staff, which exposes them to the high-paced environment found in a restaurant setting. Our large vocational space allows training in landscape and design; our industrial sewing program employs 40 inmate workers, and the Industrial Laundry Facility teaches skills that will allow inmates to seek employment in San Diego's many hotel and medical facilities. With the industrial space, we are working closely with our community partners to establish a program that will provide additional vocational training that will allow women to earn a living wage once released. The target for this program is to consider those careers identified in the counties projected workforce gap analysis.
The East Mesa Detention and Reentry Facility for Men provides inmates health care enrollment, college courses, comprehensive vocation certification, career exploration and job readiness. The occupational opportunities include culinary arts, laundry, print shop, bakery, construction trades and landscaping.
Second Chance and the Workforce Partnership are offered at the East Mesa Detention and Reentry Facility. The goal is to disrupt the cycles of incarceration and poverty by offering the most effective solutions for reducing recidivism, unemployment, and homelessness. Some examples include a reentry mentoring program for pre- and post-release individuals, who are young fathers and emphasize the development of healthy parenting skills for them.
Second Chance also provides mentors, who are assigned to support the inmates' preparations for release and help to link them to programs and services in the community that address their identified needs, such as housing, employment, and treatment services for substance abuse and mental health. In addition, mentors will provide emotional support and encouragement to individuals from incarceration, hold them accountable throughout the treatment process, and play active roles in promoting positive behavioral changes.
Expanding the Use of Body Worn Cameras
The Sheriff's Department has implemented a Body Worn Camera system, to not only document activity but, also to provide more trust and accountability to the communities we serve. During the process of implementation, we conducted extensive testing to ensure the system we purchased not only met the needs of a large agency with an expansive jurisdiction, but one that was fiscally sound and would be a long-term solution. By conducting this well thought-out research, we were able to save the County of San Diego a substantial amount of money, not only in the storage of the data, but also in the price per unit cost of the cameras. Sheriff Gore has been innovative in his approach toward all video evidence in the creation of a Video Analysis Unit, that will be able to take in and analyze all video from an incident including: cell phone video, commercial surveillance systems, and other media found at incident scenes. Additionally, Sheriff Gore worked toward a regional solution for the release of video footage when the public interesting outweighs other considerations.
Combatting the Opioid Crisis
Deputies in San Diego County were the first in the State of California to carry and use Naloxone in response to the growing epidemic of heroin overdoses. During the course of this program, more than 60 lives have been saved in San Diego. Sheriff Gore recognizes the need to do more to combat our national spread of fentanyl and other dangerous drug abuse. He has implemented a program where every overdose death in our jurisdiction is investigated to identify the source of the drugs and those responsible for the death. This source tracking also locates drug dealers and removes potentially deadly substances from our streets before they cause more harm.
Breaking the Cycle of Domestic Violence
The Sheriff's Department has instituted programs to reduce domestic violence. We act quickly to safeguard victims and swiftly move to arrest perpetrators and where possible, we follow up with victims and families to ensure they participate in programs; raising their awareness of available resources. We have partnered with the District Attorney's Office and work to ensure prosecution when appropriate and reduce recidivism with intervention practices. We understand the importance of breaking this cycle of family violence.