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John McMahon, Sheriff - Coroner

Here at the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department we are proud of our Western heritage, but we are just as proud of our recent accomplishments.  Our Department is one of the leading law enforcement agencies in the region – foremost in many areas of technology, and on the cutting edge when it comes to advanced community policing techniques.  I believe our training facilities rank with the best, and our employee family is second to none.  It's my belief that this website will give you some idea how extraordinary these people are, and how effective our policies and programs continue to be.

All law enforcement agencies face many challenges and ours is no exception: increased threats from domestic and international terrorism, increases in technology-based crimes, reduced federal grant expenditures, and ever-rising costs of personnel and benefits, require us to think creatively and resourcefully.  The challenges are real, but so are the creativity and dedicated efforts of our first-rate staff.  This Department continues to grow and succeed.  Our people make it happen in partnership with a County leadership team that is supportive and cooperative.

I thank you for visiting the website. I hope you find it easy to use and informative, and hope you will take advantage of our interactive functions to let us know how we can serve you better.  But above all, I hope you discover how strong our commitment to public safety is, and how the men and women of this Department work courageously every day to uphold a proud tradition of professional law enforcement services.

Sheriff's Department Mission

Provide collaborative law enforcement solutions that meet the needs of our communities and partners by delivering quality professional services to America's largest county.

Sheriff's Department Values

Honest and ethical behavior while giving due respect to each individual inside and outside our department.

Shape the future with courage, creativity, diversity, mentoring and accountability.

Collaboration with internal and external partners to become more effective in providing a better quality of life for all we serve.

Provide quality service to the people who live, work and play in each of our communities.

Accountability to deliver services through department members, within budget, while encouraging law enforcement innovation.

Code of Ethics

As a law enforcement officer, my fundamental duty is to serve mankind; to safeguard lives and property; to protect the innocent against deception, the weak against oppression or intimidation, and the peaceful against violence or disorder; and to respect the constitutional rights of all men to liberty, equality, and justice.

I will keep my private life unsullied as an example to all; maintain courageous calm in the face of danger, scorn, or ridicule; develop self-restraint; and be constantly mindful of the welfare of others. Honest in thought and deed in both my personal and official life, I will be exemplary in obeying the laws of the land and the regulations of my Department. Whatever I see or hear of a confidential nature or that is confided to me in my official capacity, will be kept ever secret unless revelation is necessary in the performance of my duty.

I will never act officiously or permit personal feelings, prejudices, animosities, or friendships to influence my decisions. With no compromise for crime and with relentless prosecution of criminals, I will enforce the law courteously and appropriately without fear or favor, malice or ill will, never employing unnecessary force or violence and never accepting gratuities.

I recognize the badge of my office as a symbol of public faith, and I accepted it as a public trust to be held as long as I am true to the ethics of the police service. I will constantly strive to 
achieve these objectives and ideals, dedicating myself before God to my chosen enforcement.