Frequently Asked Questions
Police Services in your Neighborhood
Which division do I live in?
The Neighborhood Divisions section of this web site has links from your neighborhood to the division closest to you.
Where is the Division substation?
The Neighborhood Divisions section of this web site has information about police facilities throughout the City.
I would like to ride along with a police officer. How do I sign up?
Each division has its own procedures for citizen ride alongs. Complete the on-line Ride Along Request Form and your division will contact you to schedule a ride along in your neighborhood.
Will the Police Department check on my house while I'm on vacation?
Department volunteers from the Retired Senior Volunteer Patrol (RSVP) will arrange to check on your house while you are away. Each division has its own group of RSVP's. The Neighborhood Divisions section of this web site has information about scheduling vacation house checks within each division.
Will the Police Department check on elderly or disabled people who live alone?
The Department has a program called "You Are Not Alone (YANA)". Volunteers from the Retired Senior Volunteer Patrol (RSVP) will arrange to check on elderly or disabled persons on a regular basis. The Neighborhood Divisions section of this web site has information about scheduling YANA checks within each division.
How do I request extra patrol time in my neighborhood?
You can request extra patrol in your neighborhood using the Citizen Request Form. The form asks for information about the location and nature of your problem, when it occurs, who is involved and whether you'd like to be contacted directly. Once submitted, the request will be forwarded to the appropriate Division for follow up.
I need to have fingerprints taken. Where do I get that done?
Fingerprinting services are no longer available at San Diego Police facilities. Beginning July 1, 2005 the California Department of Justice requires that all applicant fingerprint submissions be transmitted electronically. Live Scan digital submissions provide the quickest way to submit and process fingerprint records. Complete the Fingerprint (Live Scan) Request Form (PDF), then take it to any of the Live Scan sites listed on the California Attorney General's web site.