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The King County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) employs over 1,000 sworn and professional staff who provide law enforcement services to people in King County. Our organization is divided into the Office of the Sheriff and four divisions so that residents have easy access to the people and services they need.


Office of the Sheriff

The Office of the Sheriff includes the Sheriff, Undersheriff, Chief of Staff, and the Legal Unit.

The Sheriff’s Office provides support services to other divisions, regional services to http://local agencies, and contract police service to the King County Metro Transit Division, Sound Transit, and the King County International Airport.

Special Operations Division (SOD)

This division includes three transit contracts: Sound Transit Police, King County Metro Transit Police, and Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting at the King County International Airport. In addition to transit, this division includes a majority of the departments specialty units:  air supportmarine rescue and dive unitbomb/hazardous devices disposal; Tac-30 (SWAT); hostage negotiations; search and rescue; and special event planning and coordination.

Community Programs and Services Division (CPSD)

This division offers a unique perspective to law enforcement to include the development of community programs and to integrate equity & social justice (ESJ) into the work of the Sheriff’s Office. This division incorporates Communications, Community Engagement, Media Relations, the Contracting Unit, and the Community Service Officers. Additionally, this division is leading the Sheriff’s Office charge to expand the co-responder model throughout King County.

Criminal Investigations Division (CID)

This division includes:  Major Investigations Section, Special Investigations Section, and AFIS (Regional Automated Fingerprint Identification System) and all aspects of fingerprint identification.  The division serves residents with follow-up investigative, warrant, and intelligence-gathering services. Specifically, it investigates crimes including homicide, domestic violence, computer fraud, forgery, sexual assault, and more. CID also addresses child support enforcement issues and the unit that handles civil process.

Patrol Operations Division (POD)

This division manages the core functions of patrol, precinct-based detectives, crime prevention, storefronts, and reserve deputies. The subdivision into four precincts allows for better community-based responses because the precinct commanders can use local data to direct law enforcement services. Day-to-day management of contract city police and school resource officers, are the responsibility of this division.

Support Services Division (SSD)

Support Services provides the bulk of services that are vital to efficient operations. Often, the employees in this division provide direct services to residents as well as support services to the other divisions.

The services provided by the division personnel include emergency 9-1-1 call receiving and dispatching, technology development, recordspersonnel, payroll, purchasing, training, photography, application and administration of grants, and planning.