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Designated Online Transaction Space (D.O.T.S.)

Now, more than ever, online platforms have become an epicenter for scam artists and predators looking to take advantage of innocent people. D.O.T.S. provides a convenient, public meeting place for carrying out or completing an online or private sale.

The pilot program was first launched in 2017 at the San Diego Police Department's Northeastern Division by PDF icon Councilmember Chris Cate. While such zones are established in other parts of the country, D.O.T.S. is the first-of-its-kind for the City of San Diego and for the region. Marked with City of San Diego signage in a well-lit area, D.O.T.S. is in clear view of the San Diego Police Department’s front door. There is no appointment necessary. Optimal hours for transactions are when SDPD has an officer present at the front desk.

"I am honored to champion D.O.T.S. You cannot put a price tag on peace of mind,” stated Councilmember Chris Cate.


Division Address Neighborhoods Hours of Operation
(SDPD on-site)
Central 2501 Imperial Avenue, San Diego, CA 92102 Balboa Park, Barrio Logan, Core-Columbia, Cortez, East Village, Gaslamp, Golden Hill, Grant Hill, Harborview, Horton Plaza, Little Italy, Logan Heights, Marina, Park West, Petco, Sherman Heights, South Park and Stockton Monday through Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Eastern 9225 Aero Drive, San Diego, CA 92123 Allied Gardens, Birdland, College East, College West, Del Cerro, Grantville, Kearny Mesa, Lake Murray, Mission Valley East, Qualcomm, San Carlos, Serra Mesa and Tierrasanta Tuesday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Mid City 4310 Landis Avenue, San Diego, CA 92105 Adams North, Azalea/Hollywood Park, Burlingame, Castle, Cherokee Point, Chollas Creek, Colina del Sol, Corridor, El Cerrito, Fairmont Park, Fairmont Village, Fox Canyon, Islenair, Kensington, Normal Heights, North Park, Redwood Village, Rolando, Rolando Park, Swan Canyon, Talmadge, Teralta East, and Teralta West Monday - Thursday, 8 a.m. -  5 p.m.
Northeastern 13396 Salmon River Road, San Diego, CA 92129

Carmel Mountain, Miramar, Miramar Ranch North, Mira Mesa, Rancho Bernardo, Rancho Encantada, Rancho Peñasquitos, Sabre Springs, San Pasqual and Scripps Ranch

Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Northwestern 12592 El Camino Real, San Diego, CA 92130 Sorrento Valley, Torrey Preserve, Del Mar Heights, Carmel Valley, North City, Torrey Highlands and Black Mountain Ranch  
Southern 1120 27th Street, San Diego, CA 92154 Border, Egger Highlands, Nestor, Ocean Crest, Otay Mesa, Otay Mesa West, Palm City, San Ysidro and Tijuana River Valley

Monday through Thursday, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Hours are subject to change depending on
staff availability.

Southeastern 7222 Skyline Drive, San Diego, CA 92114 Alta Vista, Bay Terrace, Broadway Heights, Chollas View, Emerald Hills, Encanto, Jamacha-Lomita, Lincoln Park, Mountain View, Mount Hope, O'Farrell, Oak Park, Paradise Hills, Ridgeview/Webster, Shelltown, Skyline, Southcrest and Valencia Park Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Closed City Holidays)
Western 5215 Gaines Street, San Diego, CA 92110 Hillcrest, La Playa, Linda Vista, Loma Portal, Midtown, Midway District, Mission Hills, Mission Valley West, Morena, Ocean Beach, Old Town, Point Loma Heights, Roseville-Fleetridge, Sunset Cliffs, University Heights and Wooded Area Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.


Illegal transactions are not permitted at D.O.T.S.,  i.e. transactions involving narcotics, dangerous or deadly weapons, or other dangerous materials

The City of San Diego and its employees will not act as a witness or otherwise take part in the transaction

The City of San Diego and its employees do not give legal advice

The City of San Diego and its employees are not trained nor authorized to validate the legitimacy of any transaction, item for sale, or the integrity or legality of a sale

The City of San Diego is simply providing a location to conduct business