Sheriff Paul Miyamoto appointed veteran law enforcement officer Joseph Engler as Assistant Sheriff on June 27, 2020. He brings his considerable experience, deep community relationships, and commitment to reforming criminal and social injustices to the Sheriff’s Office.
Prior to joining the San Francisco Sheriff’s Office, Assistant Sheriff Engler served as the Captain of the San Francisco Police Department’s Northern Station, one of the city’s most diverse and densely populated jurisdictions.
His SFPD career included a range of assignments as a Police Inspector acquiring extensive knowledge and experience in crimes against both property and person including homicide detail; as the lead SFPD investigator assigned to an FBI-led multi-agency task force, liaising with several local, state and federal agencies; as a Lieutenant at both Traffic and Muni Divisions, Homeland Security Unit, and Tenderloin and Ingleside Stations; and as a uniformed officer and Sergeant patrolling the Northern, Mission, and Park districts.
A fourth-generation San Franciscan, Assistant Sheriff Engler has many ties to the community and a well-deserved reputation for building bridges and keeping the peace.
He graduated from the University of California at Davis and San Francisco Law School and continues to teach POST-certified Homicide Investigations courses to peace officers. Assistant Sheriff Engler is also a member of the Administration and Justice faculty at the City College of San Francisco.