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About Us

Mission

Committed to professional service and protection.

Vision

To be the leading Public Safety Agency in Imperial County through progressive, innovative law enforcement services. This will be accomplished through collaborative efforts, responsible use of resources, sound administrative policies, technological advances, and leadership development.

Core Values

Ethics, Loyalty, Honesty, Accountability, Professionalism, Integrity, Commitment

Recruitment

  • Age
  • Citizenship
  • Reading/Writing Ability                 
  • Criminal History Check
  • Medical/Psychological Evaluation
  • Background Check
  • Agility Testing
  • Training Videos
Age

20.5 +

Police uniform
Citizenship

US citizen or permanent resident alien who is eligible and has applied for citizenship

US Passports
Reading/Writing Ability                 
Criminal History Check

Fingerprints sent to the California Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)

Background check form
Medical/Psychological Evaluation

Evaluations conducted by licensed physicians and/or psychologists employed by IC Human Resources

doctor
Background Check

Thorough background based on applicant’s personal history statement/questionnaire 

Agility Testing

OBSTACLE COURSE: Run a 99-yard obstacle course consisting of several sharp turns, a number of curb-height obstacles, and a 34-inch high obstacle that must be vaulted.

BODY DRAG Lift and drag a 165-pound lifelike dummy 32-feet.

CHAIN LINK FENCE Run 5 yards to a 6-foot chain link fence, climb over fence, continue running another 25 yards.

SOLID FENCE CLIMB Run 5 yards to a 6 foot solid fence, climb over fence, continue running another 25 yards.

1.5 MILE RUN within 14 minutes (pass or fail)

500-YARD RUN Run 500 yards.

Each of the five events is timed. Candidate’s performance times are converted to points, and summed. A passing score must be obtained as set by IC Human Resources. (Therefore, faster times equal higher scores).

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Department History

With the vast improvements and reclamation of land in the Imperial valley settlements rapidly and the people, ambitious to govern themselves, petitioned the board of supervisors of San Diego county, the valley being then a part San Diego county setting up plausible claims for a separate government and July 9, 1907, the board adopted resolutions calling for an election to pass the question of dividing the county. The line of division proposed was to the section line lying between ranges 8 and 9 east of San Bernardino meridian. The territory embraced in the projected county had an area approximating 4,000 miles with a population estimated at 10,320. The date of election was for August 6, 1907.

 

When these preliminaries had been finally settled, and probably long before, the question as to where the county seat should be located became a burning one, so to speak, which resulted in a bitter contest between the village of Imperial and El Centro. Although much younger than Imperial, El Centro won out after a strenuous and desperate struggle on its part; this, however, by so narrow a margin that a recount of the votes was sought by her rival, but the legal contest took place.

On August 12, 1907, the supervisors of San Diego County met and canvassed returns of the election. The result of this proceeding determined that the people of Imperial County were almost unanimous in favor of division and there upon the board officially declared that the county of Imperial had been born. At the election the board of supervisors which had been chosen for the county met at El Centro at ten o’ clock in the morning, in the Valley State Bank building, and there organized by choosing F. S. Webster, of the third district, chairman.

The first measure adopted was an ordinance prohibiting the sale or distribution of liquor, malt or spirituous, anywhere in the county, except under the most restrictions. At a later meeting of the board, ordinance No. 3 was adopted prohibiting gambling or betting. If there has been liquor sold in Imperial county, or any gambling pursued, the acts have been surreptitious and in defiance of these laws.

Shortly after the organization of the county Sheriff Mobley Meadows secured a building that had been used as a furniture warehouse, real-estate office and dwelling, for a temporary court house! In this same building two rooms were set apart in which to confine malefactors. This was the first county court house and jail.

In September, 1907, the board of supervisors appointed its chairman F. S. Webster, and the district attorney, J. M. Eshelman, to appear before the board of supervisors of San Diego county and insist upon that body turning over to Imperial county its share of moneys, which San Diego county had theretofore refused to do. After several trips to San Diego county had been made and through some further difficulties the mother county made a satisfactory settlement with Imperial.

At about the close of 1907, a substantial jail building had been completed and the county offices removed to a new building which had been erected by the board of supervisors as a temporary court house. In 1909 a site for a permanent court house was decided upon in an addition to the townsite lying west of the Date canal. Some time before this the first daily newspaper in the town was established by Edgar F. Howe and his sons, Armiger W. and Clinton F. Howe.

Deputies c. 1934

Photos

Smythe, W.E. (1913). San Diego & Imperial Counties, California: Vol. 1. A Record of Settlement, Organization, Progress and Achievement (pp. 473-474). Chicago.IL: The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company.

Sheriff's Office c. 1914

Biography

Fred Miramontes

Imperial County Sheriff/Coroner/Marshal

Sheriff Fred Miramontes serves as the Sheriff-Coroner-Marshal of the Imperial County, California. Sheriff Miramontes assumed Office in January 2023. Prior to his elected position, Sheriff Miramontes began his law enforcement career with the Brawley Police Department. In January of 1980, California Highway Patrol hired him. During his tenure with the California Highway Patrol, he was assigned to work in Southeast Los Angeles, San Diego Border Division Headquarters, and Imperial Valley. He promoted through the ranks retiring as a C.H.P. Commander.

In July 2007, Sheriff Miramontes was appointed as the Undersheriff of the Imperial County Sheriff’s Office, serving as Second-in-Command until elected and sworn into office January 2023.

Sheriff Miramontes graduated from Brawley Union High School and attended Imperial Valley College, National University, and San Diego State University focused on majoring in Criminal Justice and Public Administration.

Alumnus:

  • Graduate of the Riverside Sheriff’s Academy
  • Graduate of the California Highway Patrol Academy
  • Graduate of the California Highway Patrol Command Course
  • Graduate of the F.B.I. Law Enforcement Executive Development Course

Present and Past Member:

  • Member of the California State Sheriffs’ Association since 2023
  • Member of the Southwestern Border Sheriffs’ Coalition since 2023
  • Commissioner of the First 5 Imperial County Children and Families First Commission
  • Advisory Committee of the Imperial Valley Children’s Committee
  • Member of the El Centro Kiwanis Club
  • Member of the Brawley Hidalgo Society
  • Past Member of the El Centro Boys/Girls Club of Imperial Valley Committee

Contact Us

For Emergencies call 911

Non-emergency dispatch (442) 265-2021

Jail & Inmate Information (442) 265-2266

Records (442) 265-2125

Admin. Information (442) 265-2000

Toll Free 1-800-452-2051

Records and Civil Divisions hours are Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. 5:00 p.m. (closed for lunch 12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m.), except weekends and holidays.

Address

Imperial County Sheriff’s Office

328 Applestill Road

El Centro, CA 92243

Mailing Address

1040 P. O. Box
El Centro, CA 92243

Inmate Mailing Address

The Regional Adult Detention Facility (R.A.D.F.)
1328 Sperber Road
El Centro, CA 92243
The Herbert Hughes Correctional Center (H.H.C.C.)
1328 Sperber Road
El Centro, CA 92243
  • Command Staff
  • Divisions
  • Station
Command Staff

Fred Miramontes

Sheriff Coroner Marshal

(442) 265-2005

Robert Benavidez

Undersheriff

(442) 265-2002

Scott Sheppeard

Chief Deputy – Operations

(442) 265-2003

Robert Benavidez

Correctional Facilities

(442) 265-2222

Manuel De Leon

Chief Deputy – Operations & Support Services

(442) 265-2004

Raquel Leal

Administrative Manager

(442) 265-2040

Ryan Kelley

Chief Deputy – Investigations

(442) 265-2043

Clinton Erro

Lieutenant – North County & Courts

(442) 265-5251

Emmet Fried

Lieutenant – South and East Counties, and Holtville

(442) 265-2112

Juan Chavarin

Correctional Lieutenant – Jail HHCC,DRC/Operations

(442) 265-2225

Colby Stewart

Correctional Lieutenant – Jail OFDF/Operations

(442) 265-2223

Robert Wilson

Correctional Lieutenant – Jail RADF/Operations

(442) 265-2483

Joseph Conkey

Sergeant – Holtville Police Station

(760) 356-5960

Olivia Mejorado

Admin. Analyst & Sheriff’s Exec. Asst.

(442) 265-2005

Divisions

Pina, Arimai

Civil

(442) 265-2011

Sgt. Michael Mistriel

Coroners

(442) 265-2105

Corrections Day Reporting Center

(442) 265-2269

Garcia, Tina

Crime Prevention

(442) 265-6105

Martinez, Sylvia

Communications/Dispatch

(442) 265-2021

Sgt. Damian Martinez

Explorers

(760) 455-0096

Graciela Jimenez

Grants

(442) 265-2035

Jail Information

(442) 265-2267

Jail Transportation

(442) 265-2232

Jessika Romero

Records

(442) 265-2125

Sgt. Michael Mistriel

Scientific Investigations

(442) 265-2125

Sylvia Vargas

Training Corrections

(442) 265-2092

Burk, Justin

Training Operations

(442) 265-2091

Station

Phone numbers in blue will ring through to the main Sheriff’s Office, if there is no answer in the substation. Please stay on the line. Click on any name to send that individual an email.

Brawley Substation:

(442) 265-5250

Niland Substation:

(760) 359-0607

Sgt. Eliseo Gonzalez

O.H.V.E.S.T.

(442) 265-2105

Palo Verde Substation

(760) 854-3469

Salton City Substation

 (760) 394-4114

Sgt. Murad Masad

Investigations

(442) 265-2045

Winterhaven Substation

(760) 572-3657 

Complaint Procedure & Forms

You may submit a complaint form in person, by fax, by mail, or by e-mailing the complaint form to confidentialcomplaints@icso.org (our mailing address and fax number can be found on the complaint form).

Employee Recognition Form

You may submit the Employee Recognition Form by postal mail or e-email:

Imperial County Sheriff’s Office

C/O Administration

P.O. Box 1040

El Centro, CA 92244

administration@icso.org

Local Agency links

CHP

El Centro (760) 482-2500