May 16, 2023 / News

Happy Birthday SDPD!

Celebrate 134 years of SDPD with these fast facts about America’s Finest.

The San Diego Police Department was founded on May 16, 1889

SDPD has protected and served our community for 134 years.

SDPD’s Chief of Police is David Nisleit

Chief Nisleit joined SDPD in 1988 and has served as Chief since 2018.

SDPD has a variety of volunteer programs

SDPD has 7 volunteer programs which include Cadets, CRISIS Interventionists, Reserve Officers, RSVP (Retired Senior Volunteer Patrol), VIP (Volunteers in Policing), STAR/PAL Youth Program, and SD Family Justice Center Volunteer.

There are 36 active K9 crimefighters serving SDPD

For the past 20 years, every SDPD service dog has been purchased through the San Diego Police Foundation with funds generously donated by the community.

SDPD has a Crime Laboratory Internship Program

Internship opportunities may be available in a variety of forensic disciplines, including Forensic Biology, Forensic Chemistry, Firearms, Trace Evidence, Crime Scene, Latent Prints, and Forensic Technology.

SDPD is a leader in Community Oriented Policing

In the 1980s, SDPD was one of the first police departments to adopt Community Oriented Policing, which is an approach to public safety that puts relationships with community members at the center of policing efforts.

Celebrate SDPD by donating to the San Diego Police Foundation!

The San Diego Police Foundation proudly supports America’s finest police department by cultivating positive community engagement and helping fund vital equipment and specialized training that ensures peace and safety for all.