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San Diego Police Department Headquarters closing in 1986

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San Diego Lifeguards and Police encourage beach, boating and firework safety

SAN DIEGO (CNS) - The San Diego Fire-Rescue Department's Lifeguard Division and members of the San Diego Police Department's Northern Division Monday shared information regarding beach, boating and fireworks safety ahead of Independence Day. Click here for article.   

City’s new police chief speaks at Rancho Bernardo town hall meeting

New San Diego Police Chief Scott Wahl says he is overhauling the police department to better address its needs, service provided and create a pipeline of future leaders. Click here for article. 

Crime spree ends with surrender to K9 unit at San Diego police HQ: SDPD

The initial crime involved the suspect allegedly threatening a transient and driving a car into the other man's tent while the victim was inside it, officials said click here for story. 

San Diego's new Police Chief Scott Wahl talks homelessness, staffing and his number one priority

San Diego’s new police chief visited the NBC 7 studios on Wednesday morning, answering questions about what changes he wants to make to the department. Click here for story. 

San Diego Police Chief Signs Off: 'He Cared about His People, His Community'

San Diego Police Chief David Nisleit, a 36-year veteran of law enforcement and a lifelong resident of the city, retires this week after over six years leading the department.   Click here for story.   

San Diego Police receive drone donated by SDG&E

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San Diego police response times improve but still fall short of goals

For the first time in more than a decade, the San Diego Police Department’s overall response times inched downward last fiscal year, but officers are still taking longer than the department’s benchmarks — sometimes hours — to get to many calls. Click here for article. 

Opinion: Let’s fix Proposition 47 to stop incentivizing theft and increase personal accountability

One key to being successful in life is learning from your mistakes and how to take advantage of second chances. That’s precisely what California voters can do as the Homelessness, Drug Addiction, and Theft Reduction Act looks set to qualify for the general election ballot. The initiative makes commonsense reforms that address the glaring problems created by Proposition 47, particularly for reversing the lack of accountability for repeat drug and theft offenders who now have little incentive to c...

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Slain SDPD K-9, Sir, honored at National Police K-9 Memorial Service

On Saturday, the National Police Dog Foundation held its annual National Police K-9 Memorial Service in Washington D.C. The memorial honored fallen K-9 officers who died in the line of duty in 2023, including San Diego K-9 officer, Sir.  Click here for article.

San Diego City Council Approves Next Police Chief

The San Diego City Council unanimously approved San Diego Police Department Assistant Chief Scott Wahl as its next police chief Monday. Click here for article. 

Bipartisan bill aims to reduce police staffing shortages

WASHINGTON (NEXSTAR) – Lawmakers on Capitol Hill unveiled a bipartisan bill Thursday aimed at reducing police officer shortages nationwide. Click here for article. 

San Diego officers killed and wounded in line of duty honored during National Police Week in D.C.

A select group of San Diego law enforcement officers — including a police dog — were honored this week in Washington, D.C., for their extreme acts of courage and sacrifice in the line of duty. Click here for article. 

Reps. Carbajal and Bacon Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Reduce Law Enforcement Staffing Shortages

click here for article.  Coinciding with National Police Week, lawmakers announced their bill in front of the U.S. Capitol, emphasized its potential to reduce law enforcement staffing shortages by double federal grant dollars available to support hiring at local police departments

Robbery suspect shot, killed by police

SAN DIEGO (FOX 5/KUSI) — Authorities shot and killed a man suspected of robbery and holding a victim hostage on Monday in the Morena neighborhood, according to law enforcement. Click here for article. 

2024 San Diego County Law Enforcement Memorial

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San Diego Police Department will stop in Grand Forks to honor region's fallen officers

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San Diego City Council advances Scott Wahl as next SDPD chief

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NATIONAL POLICE WEEK TO HONOR FALLEN OFFICERS WITH VIGIL AND REMEMBRANCES IN WASHINGTON D.C. AND BLOOMINGTON

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Arrest made in fatal City Heights shooting

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SDPD honors its ‘first, first responders’ during National Dispatchers Week

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SDPD officer shot in head talks about recovery progress 4 months after incident

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San Diego crime fell 3% overall in 2023, but some types spiked

Reports of hate crimes shot up nearly 75% from 2022 to 2023, police say. Plus, see crime numbers for La Jolla so far this year. Click here for article. 

San Diego police spent more than $50M on overtime in 2023: Auditor's report

A city auditor’s report found the department spent over $50 million on overtime pay to combat staffing shortages.  Click here for story. 

San Diego police officer and mother of 2 fighting colon cancer

Ruby Bock was diagnosed with stage 4 colorectal cancer three years ago at the age of 42, after she experienced a debilitating stomachache one day  Click here for story. 

San Diego police investigate robbery, shooting at smoke shop in Pacific Beach

As the suspect was leaving in a vehicle, the suspect reportedly fired a shot at the business owner, and the bullet hit the building, according to the San Diego Police Department. Click here for article. 

Push for permanent tribute to fallen SDPD officers in South Park nearly 40 years later

Officers Kim Tonahill and Timothy Ruopp were killed in the line of duty at Grape Street Park, Officer Gary Mitrovich survived his injuriesClick here for full story. 

‘It doesn’t feel like home anymore’: Two dead after shooting at Grantville complex filled with SDSU students

Two residents said they’ve repeatedly struggled to keep outsiders from wandering into the new buildings. Click here for full article. 

San Diego's Public Safety Committee approves SDPD, SDFD use of drone technology

Unmanned aircraft systems, also referred to as UAS systems or drones, have been used by city of San Diego first responders for years. Click here for article. 

SDPD officer, Marine recounts rescuing 6 people, 4 dogs during January flooding

Members of the San Diego Police Department saved an estimated 60 people and five dogs on Jan. 22 alone, according to Capt. Julie Epperson. Click here for article. 

Opinion: Meet Valerie Summers, candidate for San Diego Superior Court judge, Office 43

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SDPD’s surveillance network is online, and police say it’s already helping crack cases

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San Diego Police redeploy secret weapon: A 'Low Rider' named The Guardian

New California state law that allows 'Low Rider Cruising' means more public appearances for The Guardian.  Click here for full story.

SDPD sergeant shares story after being shot in head

SAN DIEGO (FOX 5/KUSI) — San Diego Police Sergeant Anthony Elliott, who was shot in the head by a suspect in 4S Ranch two months ago Wednesday, spoke one-on-one to FOX 5/KUSI.   Click here for article. 

SDPD sergeant who was shot in head discusses remarkable recovery with NBC 7

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Fundraiser at Chicken Charlie’s to benefit SDPD sergeant shot in the head

SAN DIEGO — The San Diego police sergeant shot in the head in the line of duty during a December 2023 shootout is still recovering from his injuries, and the San Diego Police Officers Association has partnered with Chicken Charlie’s to hold a fundraiser to help support him and his family.   Click here for article. 

San Diego police officer awarded Purple Heart for shielding fellow Marine during Iraq War

Francisco Roman Jr. was wounded by an improvised explosive device in the spring of 2005 while leading Marines in a quick-reaction force to support another squad during a firefight in Iraq's western Anbar province. click here for article. 

San Diego community, volunteers, city crews work together to clean Southcrest

In the Southcrest neighborhood, the blocks closest to Chollas Creek had piles of couches, chairs, books and clothes, all covered in mud and grime, waiting to be taken away click here for article. 

Fact Check: Did the Mayor Really Turn the Tide on Police Jumping Ship?

Mayor Todd Gloria declared that officers are choosing to work for the San Diego Police Department over other agencies. This would be a significant shift, so we decided to vet the claim.     click here for article. 

How, and when, should San Diego pay off its $3.4B pension debt? As budget woes loom, officials are weighing these options

The city’s pension board will consider seven alternative scenarios Friday, with the annual pension payment rising to an all-time high of $527 million this year. Click here for article.   

Michael Smolens: Todd Gloria and the new Democratic law-and-order party

Mayor Gloria, Gov. Newsom and other California Democrats push anti-crime policies at start of election year. Click here for article. 

San Diego’s Chief Operating Officer projects 171.9 million deficit for city in 2025 fiscal year

SAN DIEGO — San Diego's chief operating officer has ordered all city departments to "submit operational efficiencies totaling two percent" of each department's budget as the city faces a projected shortfall of $171.9 million for this coming fiscal year — a number that is expected to grow throughout the next five years.  Click here for article.   

What guns are seized most by San Diego Police?

SAN DIEGO — San Diego Police Captain Laura McLean opens up a locked door in a subterranean room deep inside of police headquarters.  Click here for story.  

Police Awarded Grant for Bike and Pedestrian Safety Program

The San Diego Police Department has received a $240,000 grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety to support its Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Program. Click here for full article. 

SDPD Chief Nisleit discusses 4S Ranch shooting, robbery spree & more

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San Diego police sergeant who was shot in 4S Ranch gets a special hospital visit

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String of armed robberies under investigation by SDPD

The San Diego Police are investigating a string of armed robberies across the city that happened Tuesday night.  Click here for full article. 

San Diego Police officer shot by suspect in 4S Ranch identified

Sergeant Anthony Elliott, a six-year member of the San Diego Police Department, was shot in the head on Dec. 7 during a shootout with a suspect at the 4S Commons Town Center parking lot in 4S Ranch. Click here for full article. 

2 San Diego Police officers hit by car during Emerald Hills pursuit

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) – Two San Diego Police officers were hospitalized after they were run over by a car in the Emerald Hills neighborhood early Monday morning. Click here for full story. 

Man Stabbed Near North Park Community Park

SAN DIEGO (CNS) — A 44-year-old man was stabbed in the lower right side of his leg with a knife after a verbal argument broke out between two men today. Click here for article. 

SDPD Lt. Charles Lara, Sgt. Nicholas Nguyen Appointed to State Panels

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San Diego Police Apprehend Felon with Ghost Guns & Drugs

Recently in San Diego, the police department's Special Operations Unit (SOU) and Ghost Gun Apprehension Team (GAT) collaborated to apprehend a felon. As reported by the San Diego Police Department, their combined efforts led to the arrest of a man with un-serialized firearms, known as ghost guns, and various illegal drugs within a home where young children were living. Click here for full article. 

San Diego County sees string of shootings injuring teenagers

CHULA VISTA, Calif. (KGTV) — Multiple law enforcement agencies are investigating several incidents after a string of recent shootings injured teenagers throughout the county. Click here for full article. 

Aspiring female police officers role play as San Diego expo recruits women to the department

Dozens of women who showed up for a San Diego Police Department recruitment event got a chance to participate in a simulated traffic stop and learn how to negotiate with a barricaded suspect or someone threatening suicide.   Click here for full story. 

Multiple violent incidents in San Diego County over Halloween weekend

Halloween weekend in San Diego was filled with violence that left teenagers dead, several others wounded and prompted a lockdown at a South Bay mall. Click here for full article. 

Woman dead, police dog stabbed as San Diego SWAT standoff comes to a close

A 28-yeard-old man stabbed a woman to death in a San Diego motel room and later stabbed a police dog after refusing to surrender to police, authorities said Saturday. Click here for full article.   

Gun threats against San Diego officers hit five-year high

Department officials say officers have been threatened with guns, shot at or shot in eight incidents this year; that’s more than the previous two years combined... Click here for the full story.

Opinion: Progressive-Led Police Budget Cuts in LA Should Serve as Warning to San Diego

Welcome to the new California — or as some call it CRIMEafornia — where criminals are emboldened and a sense of lawlessness prevails. This cultural shift can be traced back to recent progressive reforms such as the “defund the police” movement and measures to decriminalize numerous crimes and allow for early release from prison... Click here for the full story.

Violent weekend at popular San Diego nightlife spots

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) — It was a violent Labor Day weekend at popular nightlife locations in San Diego. San Diego Police are investigating a shooting, a fight that left several injured, and a stabbing. So far, they've made several arrests in connection with two of the incidents. Click here for the full story.

80-year-old man stabbed multiple times while jogging in Bay Park area

An 80-year-old veteran was rushed to a hospital after being stabbed multiple times while out on a pre-dawn run on Saturday morning in the Bay Park neighborhood of San Diego. Click here for the full story.

San Diego police looking for more Retired Senior Volunteer Patrol members

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SDPD K9 comforts victims being interviewed by Child Abuse Unit

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San Diego law enforcement launches fundraiser for displaced Maui officers

SAN DIEGO — Following the aftermath of the deadly wildfires in Maui, San Diego law enforcement agencies are helping victims of the blaze, including county police officers who lost their homes.Click here for full article. 

San Diego rallies to support Maui after devastating wildfires

SAN DIEGO — San Diegans are rushing to support Maui after devastating wildfires destroyed homes and displaced residents on the island. Click here for full story.   

Man fatally stabbed in Mira Mesa park; 17-year-old suspect arrested

SAN DIEGO — Police are investigating after a man was found fatally stabbed in a Mira Mesa park Friday night, authorities announced. Click here for full article.

Fatal shooting of San Diego police dog highlights risks of the job

SAN DIEGO —  When a San Diego police dog was killed last week by a gunman during a confrontation with officers at Mesa College, the department lost one of its own. click here for full story. 

SDPD: How 'Smart Streetlight' surveillance technology would be used

SAN DIEGO, Calif. (KGTV) — After a Public Safety Committee vote last week, the city of San Diego is one step closer to bringing back a controversial video surveillance program that uses ‘Smart Streetlight’ technology. Click here for article. 

Suspect arrested in fatal shooting of 29-year-old man in Chollas Creek area

The shooting was reported just before 4:30 p.m. in the area of 54th Street and Chollas Parkway; police said the victim has been identified but they won’t release his name until his relatives are toldClick here for article. 

Security guard shot during argument in East Village

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - A security guard was shot after an argument in the East Village Sunday morning. Click here for full article. 

City’s Public Safety Committee votes to support San Diego Police Department’s smart streetlight proposal

The city’s Public Safety Committee voted to support the San Diego Police Department’s smart streetlight proposal on Wednesday, bringing the divisive tech one step closer to installation. Click here for full article. 

San Diego Unified Police Time Fraud Allegations

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Sword-Wielding Man Attacks, Injures Woman at Park in City Heights

A woman was seriously injured in the head early Tuesday morning when she was attacked in a City Heights park by a man wielding a sword, police said. Click here for full article. 

Leading with Pride: San Diego police officer changing hearts and saving minds, one recruit at a time

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MADD Honors SD Top Prosecutors, Cops, Advocates at Annual Recognition Awards

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Suspect in San Diego’s Central Library shooting pleads not guilty

SAN DIEGO (CNS) – A man who allegedly shot two men in front of San Diego Central Library, killing one of them, pleaded not guilty today to murder and attempted murder charges. Click here for full article. 

A ‘major step forward’: City Council appoints 25 members to new San Diego police oversight commission

SAN DIEGO —  Two and a half years after voters in San Diego approved a new police oversight commission, the City Council on Monday appointed 25 community members to carry out the work. Click here for full article.   

San Diego Police Officers Association hosts 31st annual Peace Officer of the Year awards ceremony

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The San Diego Police Officers Association (SDPOA) will host its 31st Annual Peace Officer of the Year Awards Ceremony on Friday, June 23, 2023, in the Bayview Ballroom at the InterContinental San Diego. Each year, the SDPOA hosts this event to honor the exceptional law enforcement professionals that represent agencies throughout San Diego County. In addition to our award winners, local dignitaries and many of the region’s top law enforcement officials are also in attendance. T...

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Registrar of Voters Takes Action Against Monica Montgomery Steppe Following SDPOA Complaint

The San Diego Police Officers Association filed a complaint against Monica Montgomery Steppe for falsely claiming to have “reduced homicides by 50%” – homicides increased by 450% in her first year in office. The Registrar of Voters removed the statement following an independent review and in accordance with state law requiring truthful and honest statements in official ballot materials. Click the link below for the full press release.  Registrar_of_Voters_-_Monica_Montgomery_Steppe_Complain...

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1 dead, another injured in shooting at Liberty Station Juneteenth concert

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) — The San Diego Police Department says one person has died in a shooting at a Juneteenth concert in a Liberty Station park Saturday evening. Click here for full article. 

SWAT standoff ends in Pacific Beach after several hours

SWAT teams gathered on the 1400 block of Grand Avenue near Gresham Street Monday morning before the suspect came out and surrendered to police.  Click here for full article.   

Arrest made in stabbing death of 65-year-old woman at City Heights park

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) – A suspect has been arrested following the deadly stabbing of a 65-year-old woman at a City Heights park. Click here for full article. 

MADD Honors SD Top Prosecutors, Cops, Advocates at Annual Recognition Awards

MADD San Diego honors prosecutors, victims advocates, police officers and deputies each year.  Click here for full article. 

San Diego City Council set to vote on homeless encampment ban

Former San Diego Mayor and SDPD Chief said the plan doesn’t include nearly enough immediate shelter spaces.   Click here for full article.      

Drug use, suicides, thefts, now a fatal shooting: Data show years of problems at downtown San Diego library

Since May 2018, more than 1,800 police calls — about disturbances, drug overdoses, thefts, assaults and concealed weapons — have been logged at the San Diego Central Library Click here for full story.  

Suspect in San Diego’s Central Library shooting pleads not guilty

SAN DIEGO (CNS) – A man who allegedly shot two men in front of San Diego Central Library, killing one of them, pleaded not guilty today to murder and attempted murder charges. Click here for full story. 

Dozens of ghost guns seized in San Diego County over 3-month period

SAN DIEGO — A three-month campaign to reduce violent crime in San Diego County has led law enforcement to seize a plethora firearms. Click here for full story. 

San Diego police against proposed AB 742; would restrict the use of K-9s

Assembly Bill 742 would limit the use of police dogs for arrests, apprehensions, and crowd control across California.  Click here for full story. 

Column: Police staffing shortage demands innovative approach

In recent years ‘reimagining’ policing was focused on social justice. Now a rethinking may be needed to help strained departments regain their footing. Click here for full story. 

San Diego locals give up on calling police on homeless

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – In the month of April, over 1,000 people were considered homeless for the first time on the streets of San Diego while just ~700 found housing. The residents of Downtown have largely given up on enlisting police assistance to deal with the crisis when it makes it’s way to their front steps, or into their businesses, say locals. Click here for full story. 

Growing San Diego police officer vacancies prompt chief, union to call for new recruiting campaign

SAN DIEGO - San Diego's worsening rash of police officer vacancies is prompting calls for the city to spend 10 times as much money on recruitment as Mayor Todd Gloria proposed in his budget for the new fiscal year. Click here for the full story.

CBS8 - Is Vision Zero working? Pedestrian and bicycle deaths spike despite San Diego's efforts to zero them out

Last year 32 pedestrians and cyclists died on San Diego streets and sidewalks. From January through April of this year, nine pedestrians have been killed. Click here for the full story.

NBC 7: SDPD Asking Officers to Return

Amid a widespread staffing shortage, letters were reportedly sent by the Department’s Backgrounds and Recruiting Division advertising incentives to former officers. Click here for the full story.

Voice of San Diego: SDPD Stop have fallen dramatically

Data shows that stops have plummeted by nearly half – down from 187,251 in 2019 to 96,119 in 2022. Police leaders say there are many reasons for the massive drop. Click here for the full story.

SD UT: Police Overtime Budgets

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SD UT: Crime Stats Story

SAN DIEGO —   Crimes across San Diego, including homicides, rapes, and thefts, fell by about 7.5 percent in 2022, but violent crime, largely fueled by a jump in robberies, still inched up, city figures show. Click here for the full story.

Fox 5: Traffic deaths on the rise

SAN DIEGO — The union representing San Diego police officers is sounding the alarm over the increase in traffic deaths despite the City’s Vision Zero campaign to get traffic deaths down to zero. Click here for the full story.

CBS 8: PERK wins Vaccine Mandate Lawsuit

SAN DIEGO — A group challenged the City of San Diego's COVID-19 vaccine mandate in court and declared victory after the city settled the lawsuit and rescinded the mandate. Click here for the full story.

KUSI: SDPOA Widows and Orphans Fund

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – on Thursday the 14th Annual Widows and Orphans Fund Charity Golf Tournament will tee off in Del Mar. Money goes to supporting local first responders and their families. Click here for the full story.

SDPD Staffing Crisis Expected to Continue for Years

San Diego police are staring down a staffing crisis that’s fueling surging response times and overtime spending – and the problem appears unlikely to improve anytime soon. Click here for the full story

Opinion: As former San Diego police chief, I believe cops are part of the solution to homelessness

How did San Diego’s homeless situation get so bad so fast? There are many reasons, but at least one was sadly predictable. Todd Gloria ran for mayor in 2020 on a platform of deemphasizing much-needed homeless shelters, saying that police were criminalizing homelessness, and that he as mayor would take a different approach. Gloria did take a different approach — and the homeless situation has significantly worsened. Click here for the full story

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