San Francisco Sheriff's Office

SF Sheriff's Deputies hand out masks to the community, keeping people safe during the public health emergency

SF Sheriff's Deputies hand out masks to the community, keeping people safe during the public health emergency

Our job is to keep people safe

August 9, 2020 Jail Count Time: 0500
August 9, 2020 Community Programs count (alternatives to incarceration)
August 9, 2020 Bookings
August 9, 2020 Releases

On Duty with Sheriff Miyamoto: Leading the Way to Change

This last month of civil unrest may prove to be a turning point in our history. As both a person of color and a member of law enforcement, I experienced a mixture of emotions.

I felt sickened by George Floyd’s tragic death. I also felt hope when I saw people peacefully protesting in San Francisco and across our country, tearing down barriers to long-overdue changes in law enforcement and exposing cultural racism.

As a 24-year member of this department and now the elected Sheriff, I am humbled by this moment in history and embrace the chance to move quickly, standing up to social injustice and racial inequality. My announced changes include:

  • Amending SFSO’s new use of force policy to reaffirm the department’s 30-year prohibition on the use of carotid restraint or choke hold.
  • Implementing early warning technology to identify deputized staff who may be at risk for future adverse behavior. 

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Sheriff Paul M. Miyamoto

Sheriff Paul M. Miyamoto

SF Sheriff's Office Welcomes New Assistant Sheriff Joe Engler

Our employees reflect our diverse communities

The San Francisco Sheriff's Office employs more than 1,000 people. Our gender distribution is 22 percent female and 78 percent male. Here's our staff distribution by race/ethnicity:

American Indian .5 percent
Asian 23 percent
Black 16 percent
Filipino 14 percent
Hispanic 21 percent
White 25.5 percent

We are 100 percent committed to your public safety! 

Please visit our About page for more information. 

We believe in dignity and fairness

Every human being deserves respect. We believe in repairing harm, rebuilding relationships, and focusing on the future. Education, job training, behavioral health support. We connect people with services on the outside so they don’t return to the inside. 

Our Mission

The San Francisco Sheriff’s Office works with the public, the criminal justice system, and community stakeholders to safeguard the lives, rights, and property of all people we serve.

We strive to complete our mission in a manner that maintains the trust and confidence of the people of San Francisco.  

We make San Francisco safer

The Sheriff’s Office keeps people safe — inside and outside the county jails, in the buildings we help protect, and in the communities we serve.

We help domestic violence victims rebuild their lives. We provide mutual aid to our law enforcement partners in emergencies and natural disasters. We offer education and job training to support those leaving the justice system, which builds stronger, safer communities.

Visit the Get Out Stay Out Website

Coronavirus health emergency

The San Francisco Sheriff’s Office is on the front lines of the coronavirus public health emergency, working to prevent exposure and spread of COVID-19, also known as coronavirus, while protecting public safety. 

San Francisco Sheriff's Office coronavirus updates 

Helpful Links

Centers for Disease and Control and Prevention

San Francisco Department of Public Health

All SFSO staff began wearing masks on March 31 to protect against COVID exposure.
All SFSO staff began wearing masks on March 31 to protect against COVID exposure.

If you believe a person housed in San Francisco county jail requires immediate attention for a medical condition or mental health crisis, please call:

Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.:  (415) 554-7225
All other times, including weekends and holidays:   (415) 553-1444