Section 2 – Department Structure

Los Santos County Sheriff’s Department
Standard Operating Procedures

Sheriff Michael McCarthy

Section 2 – Department Organization


Sheriff – The Sheriff oversees and makes executive decisions for the Department. Along with the Undersheriff, they sign off on terminations and major disciplinary actions on Deputies within the Department. He ensures his administration is performing their duties to the fullest extent.

Undersheriff – The Undersheriff assists the Sheriff in executive decisions in the Department, including hiring Command Staff for the department in the instance of a vacancy. The Undersheriff also ensures the Command Staff are performing their duties as they need to.

Chief Deputy – The Chief Deputy oversees day to day operations in the Department and is the Commanding Officer in the Department. He is responsible for signing off on disciplinary actions determined by the Major and Captain, ensuring both Patrol and Investigations are running without issues, taking escalated complaints from Deputies, and presenting the Sheriff and Undersheriff with ideas that will help better the department.

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Major – The Commander acts as the Assistant Commanding Officer. They act as commanding officers for Community Affairs, Uniformed Services, Detective Services, Criminal Intelligence, Personnel, Training, Internal Affairs, Administrative. Also, the Major is responsible for ensuring compliance with Department policies and procedures by personnel under his/her supervision; conducting audits of operations; and, making recommendations to higher management for improving productivity and increasing efficiency.

Captain – The Captain acts as a Watch Commander for the Sheriff’s Department. They oversee operations during patrol and works with the Lieutenants to make sure that Patrol and Investigations are running smoothly without problems. They also make sure that subdivisions/certifications are running as the Command Staff expect, including making sure Deputies are getting responses from the certification lead/supervisor and no issues are occurring. The Captain also acts as the liaison for Command Staff, talking to Deputies and Supervisors about issues in the department to take to the rest of Command Staff. The Captain also works with the Major to ensure all Department paperwork is up to date.

Command Staff

Lieutenant – Lieutenants play a crucial role in the LSSD. They are front-line supervisors, overseeing a certain division in the Sheriff’s Department. Overseeing divisions include responsibilities such as ensuring Deputies are following policies put in place by department staff, handling complaints on their assigned Deputies, listening to concerns from their Deputies, observing Deputy performance in order to determine possible promotions, and reporting to the Captain on a regular basis about the performance in their division. In addition to overseeing their division, Lieutenants are typically in charge of some sort of certification or subdivision such as SEB, Aviation, and Traffic.

There are three Lieutenant spots established by the LSSD Command Staff. Two Patrol Lieutenants and one Special Assignment Lieutenant. The Patrol Lieutenants are split into two sections (A and B) and have a number of Patrol Deputies assigned to them. The Patrol Lieutenants are responsible for watching the performance of the Deputies assigned to them in addition to the various responsibilities listed in the previous paragraph. If there is a vacancy of the Lieutenant of either section, the one Lieutenant will oversee both sections. The Special Assignments Lieutenant is in charge of special assignments such as CID and other certifications like traffic, aviation and SEB. Other than supervising those special units, the Special Assignments Lieutenant acts as a patrol lieutenant in the absence of the other two.


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Staff Sergeant – Staff Sergeants are front-end supervisors directly responsible for assisting the Deputies assigned to them learn and prosper in the Department. Staff Sergeants answer questions that Deputies may have, watch over Deputies during a patrol, handle minor complaints and issues on Deputies, and work with their divisional Lieutenant to make sure their division is running as expected.

Sergeant – Sergeants are front-end supervisors directly responsible for assisting the Deputies assigned to them learn and prosper in the Department. Sergeants answer questions that Deputies may have, watch over Deputies during a patrol, handle minor complaints and issues on Deputies, and work with their divisional Lieutenant to make sure their division is running as expected.

General Ranks

Master Deputy / Senior Investigator – Master Deputies are Deputies who have shown extraordinary effort and dedication in the Department and are entering the beginning stage to becoming a department supervisor. Although they do not have any supervisory powers, Master Deputies may act as a supervisor in the lack of a Sergeant or higher. Master Deputies must act as role model to Deputies, following and promoting Department policies and answering questions Deputies may have. Senior Investigators are the equivalent of Master Deputies and have the same responsibilities but most of their focus is done within the Investigations division.

Deputy / Investigator – Standard Deputies within the Department without any supervisory duties with specialties based on subdivisions or certifications they may have. Investigators are similar to Deputies, but fall under the investigations division and have special tasks assigned to them.

Recruit – A newly accepted citizen who is in the process of becoming a certified Deputy for the Los Santos County Sheriff’s Department. They fall under the Field Training Division and are going through the Field Training process including ride alongs and the actual Department training.

Department Structure:

The Los Santos County Sheriff’s Department is split into 2 main divisions; Patrol and Investigations.

The Patrol division is responsible for responding to calls of service and community policing. Deputies under the Patrol Division are usually the ones that civilians see on the streets performing traffic stops, responding to calls, and interacting with the public. The Patrol division is split into two sections (A and B). Each section is assigned a Lieutenant, at least one Sergeant and Master Deputy and the Deputies within the section. Deputies are responsible for reporting to their section Supervisors if they have an issue about something. Only in an emergency should a Deputy contact a supervisor of another section about an issue. This also means that supervisors must make themselves readily available to their Deputies and should be ready to answer questions they may have or point them in the right direction. However, supervisors are still supervisors and any section supervisor can respond to a request for a supervisor.

The Investigations division is responsible for performing investigations whether it be on officer-involved shootings, gangs, narcotics, or weapon dealing. The Investigations division consists of a Lieutenant, at least one Sergeant and Investigators. The Investigations division also consists of our undercover operations section whom perform stings to bust illegal operations. For more info on the Investigations division, contact the Investigations Lieutenant.

In addition to our two main divisions, we have many certifications that Deputies may take up. These include Aviation, Traffic, SEB, and Field Training. For more information on certifications, please visit here.

Last Updated: 4/2/2017
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