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Community Services/Crime Prevention Unit


The Community Services/Crime Prevention Unit promotes and provides specialized crime prevention services and expertise to support the safety and well-being of the public throughout unincorporated Contra Costa County. Central to its mission are the building of partnerships and improving public safety through education.

The unit consistently works to meet and exceed the expectations of residents by coordinating and participating in community events in the effort to engage and educate everyone in preventing crime and enhancing public safety.

Upcoming Events

Citizens' Academy - September 11, 2019 to November 6, 2019
*No class the week of 09/22/2019

Youth Academy -TBD

Blackhawk Safety Fair - September 14, 2019

St. Patrick's Parish Festival (Rodeo, Ca) - September 14, 2019

El Sobrante Stroll - September 22, 2019


Neighborhood Watch is a community action and problem-solving program.  It is one of the most effective means available for resolving issues within your community.  Through organized problem-solving activities, your block can remove crime from your neighborhood and address any community issues that concern residents.

Starting a Neighborhood Watch group is easy!  Gather interest with your neighbors and contact the Community Services Unit, and a Specialist will coordinate a meeting with your neighborhood


Specialists can conduct a security assessment for a residence or business and provide recommendations regarding security and safety issues at NO cost.  CPTED principals are applied when conducting a security assessment.  This assessment provides the best recommendations regarding security improvements.


(This program is available to residents and businesses within the unincorporated areas of Contra Costa County and our contract cities of Danville, Lafayette, and Orinda only)

The Contra Costa County Office of the Sheriff's Security/Surveillance Camera registration program is a voluntary opportunity for residents and business owners to make a valuable impact on crime in their community.  By registering your address, you let detectives know that your home/business is equipped with a perimeter surveillance system.  In the event of a crime in your area, detectives will be aware that your system is available to them should they need it to possibly identify the suspect.

You remain in complete control of your system.  If needed, the detective will meet with you to view your recordings for the time period in question and download any identifiable footage.  This is a voluntary program and you can opt out at any time.  Click here for more information on the program and how to sign up.


The Citizen's Academy offers an inside look into the day-to-day operations of the Office of the Sheriff.  All Citizen's Academy classes are instructed by personnel that accomplish these tasks daily.  The Citizen's Academy is a eight-week long course filled with presentations, demonstrations, practical application scenarios, and tours of the Office of the Sheriff facilities.  This includes the Coroner's Division, Crime Lab, K-9 program, and a day at the range.

To participate in the Citizens' Academy you must:

  • Live in Contra Costa County.
  • Be 18 years of age.
  • Have a valid form of identification.
  • Have no pending criminal cases or outstanding warrants for your arrest.
  • Have no felony convictions anywhere, and or no misdemeanor arrests in the past 12 months.

Applications are not being accepted at this time.




The Contra Costa County Office of the Sheriff’s Youth Academy will provide youth, ages 14 to 18, with an opportunity to learn about local law enforcement. The academy is two days long and is intended for the youth to form an understanding of operations and procedures of the Office of the Sheriff. A combination of hands-on scenarios performed by deputies and detectives, demonstrations by our K-9 Unit and tours of our Communications Center and Crime lab are just a few of the segments that the Youth Academy offers.



The Contra Costa County Office of the Sheriff is proud to partner with the radKIDS Personal Empowerment and Safety Education Program. This program is offered to children in age groups between 5-7 years old and 8-12 years old.  The tools and skills learned from this program will allow the children of our community the opportunity to make realistic choices concerning overall safety in the world we live in today. Through participation, parents of the children involved in the program will also understand those choices.

The goals of this program are to empower our children to make wise and safe decisions when confronted with potentially dangerous situations that they may encounter in their daily routine.  A few of the topics covered are Home Safety, School Safety, Out and About Safety, Good and Bad Strangers, and what to do in emergency situations. The skills learned in this program will benefit our children as they grow up in today’s ever-changing world.

Email the completed and signed applications to  Additional resources and information are also available to parents via the radKIDS website.



Contact Us

Please use the Crime Prevention e-mail,, to contact the Specialist in your area for crime prevention information, Neighborhood Watch guidance, and community events.  This email should NOT be used to report crimes, suspicious activity, or active situations.  IF YOU HAVE AN EMERGENCY, PLEASE CALL 9-1-1, OR (925) 646-2441 FOR NON-EMERGENCIES.


You can provide crime tips by contacting us via any of the following methods:

  • Office of the Sheriff Investigation Division - (925) 313-2600
  • Office of the Sheriff Dispatch - (925) 646-2441
  • Anonymous Voice Message - (866) 846-3592

(Please do not call 911 unless you have an emergency or a life-threatening situation)