Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office

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Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office
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Logo prior to 1990
AbbreviationSCCSO
Agency overview
Formed1850
Annual budget$298,940,800
Jurisdictional structure
Operations jurisdictionSanta Clara, California, USA
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Map of Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office's jurisdiction.
Size1,304 square miles (3,380 km2)
Population1,837,075 (2000)
General nature
HeadquartersSan Jose, California
Deputy Sheriff, Correctional Deputy, Correctional Officers1429
Civilians312
Agency executive
Facilities
Stations4
Airbases1
Helicopters1
Website
http://www.sccgov.org/sites/sheriff/

The Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office is a local law enforcement agency that serves Santa Clara County, California. It provides general-service law enforcement to unincorporated areas of Santa Clara County, as well as incorporated cities within the county that have contracted with the agency for law-enforcement services such as Saratoga, Cupertino, and Los Altos Hills. The Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority also contracted with the Sheriff's Office for law enforcement service.

Sheriff[edit]

On December 15, 1998, Laurie Smith became the 28th person to hold the position of sheriff in Santa Clara County, California and the first woman law enforcement officer to hold the office of sheriff in the history of California.[citation needed]

Organization[edit]

The Department is divided into four major bureaus — Field Operations, Support Services, Jail Operations and Administrative Services.

Rank structure[edit]

Currently, the Sheriff's Office has 586 full-time sworn staff. These positions are broken down as follows:

Number Title Insignia
1
Sheriff
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1
Undersheriff
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2
Assistant Sheriff
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10
Captain
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15
Lieutenant
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85
Sergeant
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431
Deputy Sheriff

In addition to the full-time sworn staff, the Sheriff's Office has 65 Reserve Deputy Sheriffs. To support the entire operation, the Department employs 223 non-sworn, civilian staff.

Fallen officers[edit]

Since the establishment of the Santa Clara Sheriff's Office, seven officers have died while on duty.[1]

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