Operations

Patrol

Operation Zones

The ICSO deputies assigned to the Patrol Divisions are the first responders to a variety of calls for service.

  • North County
  • South County
  • East County
  • City of Holtville
North County

Lt. Ryan Kelley

220 Main Street

Brawley, CA 92227

(442) 265-5250

  • Bombay Beach
  • Niland
  • Palo Verde
  • Salton City
  • Rural areas of Brawley, Calipatria and Westmorland
South County

Lt. Emmet Fried

328 Applestill Rd

El Centro, CA 92243

(442) 265-2105

  • Seeley
  • Heber
  • Rural areas of El Centro, Imperial, Calexico, and Ocotillo
East County

Lt. Emmet Fried

518 Railroad Ave

Winterhaven, CA 92283

(442) 265-7066

  • Winterhaven
  • Bard
  • OHVEST
  • BEST
City of Holtville

Lt. Emmet Fried

Sheriff’s Sgt. Roy Patterson

585 Fern Avenue

Holtville, CA 92250

(760) 356-5960

The ICSO deputies respond to past occurred crimes as well as in progress crime, conduct traffic control and enforcement. Patrol Deputies also perform many community policing functions and contribute to the investigative role through diligent follow-up. The patrol division takes great pride in serving the Imperial County and constantly tries to improve the lines of communications between its citizens and the communities we have sworn to protect.

The Patrol Division is directed by a Lieutenant.

Investigations

Investigation team

The Imperial County Sheriff’s Office’s Investigations Division is comprised of two Sergeants, seven Investigators, one Task Force Officer assigned from the United States Border Patrol. The Investigator’s assigned to the Investigations Division are highly trained; task specific Sheriff’s Deputies to handle the most egregious and sensitive offenses and incidents above the resources of the Patrol Division

The Investigation Division is responsible for all investigations concerning homicides, officer-involved shootings/death, major assaults, sexual assaults, kidnappings, burglaries, robberies, thefts, fraud, identity theft, Internet Crime Against Children (ICAC), and any other criminal trends within the Imperial County. The Investigation Division is also responsible for all Imperial County Jail investigations.

The Investigation Division has two Investigators responsible for registering and tracking all sex registrants living within the Imperial County and is a member of the San Diego Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (ICAC).

The Investigation Division researches, builds, and implements operations to address criminal activity within the Imperial County. The Investigators also assist patrol with surveillance and/or apprehension operations and any other requests, and focuses law enforcement efforts on identified career criminals operating in the Imperial County.

(442) 265-2105 ext. 2

Coroner Division

Coroner Information

The Coroner’s Office is an investigative unit responsible for carrying out the statutory duties of the Coroner. Those duties include investigation into the circumstances surrounding all deaths falling within the Coroner’s jurisdiction for the purpose of determining the identity of the deceased, the medical cause of death, the manner of death, and the date and time of death.

Medicolegal death investigations are conducted countywide on all homicides, suicides, accidents, suspicious, and unexplained deaths.

Other duties include notifying the next of kin, safeguarding personal property, collection of evidence, and completion of mandatory records and documents.

The Coroner’s Office is also proactive in the community, participating in awareness programs geared toward preventing drunk driving and drug use; consumer products causing fatal injury, domestic violence, child abuse, and elder abuse; and providing educational services for medical, legal, and law enforcement professionals. Other contributions to the community include cooperative relationships with non-profit organ and tissue procurement agencies to enhance the quality of life and save lives.

The unit also collaborates with research organizations pursuing medical science advancements.

Contact

  • All deaths must be reported to the Imperial County Sheriff’s Office Communications Center at (442)265-2021.
  • The Coroner’s Office is located within the main building of the Imperial County Sheriff’s Office.
  • The Imperial County Jail is also located in this building. We are open 8am – 5pm, Monday-Friday, except holidays.

328 Applestill Road El Centro, CA 92243

(442) 265-2105

(442) 265-2058

Directions from Interstate 8 in El Centro, CA:

  • Take 4th Street (Hwy 86) south to stoplight at McCabe Road & turn west on McCabe Road
  • Continue west on McCabe Road to 4-way stop at Clark Road (8th St) & turn south on Clark Road
  • Take first right onto Applestill Road (N Loop) Sheriff’s Office will be at the end of Applestill Road (on left)

The Coroner process

This information is intended to help families that suffered a recent death of a loved one or will soon lose a terminally ill family member.

For the terminally ill: (Have all necessary information readily available)

  • Hospice contact info (if applicable)
  • Info for Primary Medical Care Physician
  • DNR (“do not resuscitate” order, contact doctor for more information on DNR’s)
  • Mortuary contact info (contact if applicable)

When the time comes and you suspect your loved one has died, the death has to be confirmed by law enforcement or medical professionals. Fire Dept., Police, Ambulance, and Hospice personnel are among professionals that commonly respond to deaths and can be responsible for confirming the death.

Death of a loved one:

  • For expected deaths of hospice patients call hospice.
  • For all other deaths (unexplained, homicides, suicides, or accidental) call 9-1-1.EMS or Police personnel will likely call Coroner’s Office or a mortuary of the family’s choice.
  • All deaths suspected to be accidental (falls or injury related), suicide, homicide, or unexplained deaths must be reported to the Coroner.
  • If Coroner Investigator responds, your loved one will be taken to the Imperial County Coroner Facility. This facility is a secured facility, therefore we do not disclose its address.
  • The Coroner’s Office will release your loved one after all examinations are completed and our office receives a signed Coroner release form from your mortuary.
  • The Coroner’s Office will determine if an autopsy is needed, generally autopsies are scheduled twice a week, however, the Coroner Investigator can provide you with more specific information.
  • The Coroner’s Office does not have the resources or facilities for viewing decedents, therefore any viewing will have to be scheduled by your mortuary at its facility.
  • The Coroner’s Office or primary care physician is responsible for signing the death certificate and copies can be obtained through the mortuary or by contacting one of these two departments:

Imperial County Health Dept. 

935 Broadway St. 940 Main St.

El Centro, CA 92243 El Centro, CA 92243

(442)265-1444

Imperial County Recorder

940 Main St.

El Centro, CA 92243

(442)265-1076

  • Cause of death is not always known immediately after autopsy, in some cases the Coroner’s Office must conduct toxicology testing, microscopic examinations, or other tests, to determine or confirm the cause of death and this process can take several weeks.
  • If cause of death was listed as pending, the final cause(s) of death will likely be submitted approx. 90-120 days after the autopsy date. In most cases a “pending” cause of death will not delay any funeral services. The decedent’s body will likely be ready for release immediately after autopsy. The Imperial County Coroner’s Office does not charge any removal or autopsy fees at this time.
Organ and Tissue Donation

In Imperial County, San Diego Eye Bank, Save A Life America, and the Life Saving are our local organ and tissue procurement organizations.

Deaths that fall under our jurisdiction require our approval for donation, and we do all that is possible to allow procurement in every case where donation is desired by the family. These arrangements are made by these organizations, and if a loved one is in a position to donate and meets the requirements, they will contact you to discuss the option to donate. We encourage organ and tissue donation, and approve the vast majority of donation requests under our jurisdiction, however there are rare exceptions where limits may be placed due to the nature of the death or the involvement of law enforcement.

(442) 265-2105 ext. 2

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Coroner Frequently Asked Question

Why is the Coroner involved in the death of my loved one?

All unnatural deaths must be investigated by the Coroner. That includes homicides, suicides, and accidental deaths. In the case of a suspected natural death, the decedent’s Medical Doctor will provide a cause of death. If that doctor cannot or has not seen the decedent in the past 20 days prior to the death, the Coroner will likely be notified.

Is an autopsy needed?

Not always, but in most cases it is mandated by law. About half of the cases investigated by the Coroner require autopsies to determine the cause of death. In some cases, where a natural death is suspected, a Forensic Pathological Medical Review will be conducted by the Forensic Pathologist. This consists of an external examination, to rule out trauma, and a review of the decedent’s medical records.

Will my loved one still be able to have an open casket if an autopsy is performed?

Yes, unless the decedent’s body was not suitable for viewing prior to autopsy (i.e. significant trauma to face, decomposed bodies). Autopsies are conducted in a professional manner and do not affect the viewing of the decedent. These decisions will be up to the family and the mortuary.

Can I see my loved one at the Coroner facility?

No. The Coroner’s Office does not have a facility for public viewings. A viewing can be arranged with your contracted mortuary once your loved one is transferred to the mortuary.

Can my loved one still be an organ donor if they are under the jurisdiction of the Coroner?

In most cases yes. If the family expresses interest in donation, we can contact our local organ donation organization, LifeSharing. A determination will be made if the donation will impede us from determining the cause of death.

What does the family do now?

Contact a mortuary and contract their services. They will assist you in selecting the type of services for your loved one. They will work closely with us to arrange the release of your loved one from our facility.

How can we have a burial for my loved one in Mexico?

The family would have to contract with a mortuary in the US and with a mortuary in Mexico. Bodies must be embalmed to be transported across state lines. Our local mortuaries are very familiar with this process and would be the ones helping you with this process. In cases of a death of a Mexican Citizen, the Mexican Consulate in Calexico, CA, can usually provide some assistance or guidance in this process. They can be reached at 760-357- 3863. Most consulates from other countries assist their citizens with similar services.

Can you recommend a company that can clean up the death scene?

We cannot recommend any companies, but the California Department of Public Health maintains a list of “Registered Trauma Scene Waste Management Practitioners.” Refer to the list for the location of the closest companies.

How can the next-of-kin reclaim property taken by the Coroner’s Office?

Contact the Coroner’s Office at (442) 265-2105. Property will be inventoried and can remain with the decedent when he is transferred to your mortuary. Otherwise, the property can be released to the legal next-of-kin or another person with written authorization from the legal next-of-kin only after it has been approved by the Coroner’s Office.

How long will my loved one be at the Coroner’s facility?

Generally the decedent will be available to be released the day of autopsy. Autopsies are usually conducted twice a week, Tuesdays and Fridays, but this schedule is susceptible to change. The Coroner Investigator handling your loved one’s case will try to give you the date of autopsy if it is known at that time.

How can I find out the cause of death?

Next-of-kin can call the Coroner’s Office in the afternoon on the day of autopsy. In most cases the cause of death will be known. In some cases requiring toxicology testing, microscopic examination, or other tests the cause would be listed as pending. The cause of death on “pending” cases will not be known until all tests are in and the Forensic Pathologist submits the autopsy report. This is generally within 90-120 days after the autopsy date.

Are there any Coroner fees?

No. At this time the Coroner’s Office does not charge any fees for the transportation, autopsy, or investigation.

What type of reports will be generated by the Coroner’s Office?

If a case is deemed a Coroner case, a Coroner Investigative Report will be completed. If an examination or autopsy is conducted by the Forensic Pathologist, an Autopsy report will be generated. If any other testing is done (i.e. Toxicology) then that report will also be available.

Can I get a copy of the reports? Is there a charge?

Please contact the Coroner’s Office for this service. Coroner Investigative reports are $40.00, Autopsy reports are $25.00, and any additional reports (i.e. toxicology…) are $25.00. In most cases the total will be $90.00 for the three reports. The report cannot be released until the case has been closed, generally between 90-120 days after the date of death. At this time the Coroner’s Office provides one copy to the next-of-kin free of charge.

What happens if the family does not have any money for funeral costs?

The Imperial County Public Administrator handles indigent burials. Please contact their office for assistance: (442) 265-7000. They are located at 778 W. State St., El Centro, CA 92243

Where can I get a copy of the death certificate?

A certified copy of the death certificate can be requested at your mortuary and is sometimes included in the mortuary fees. Other copies can be obtained at the Imperial Count Health Dept. (442)265-1444, or the Imperial County Recorder’s Office (442) 265-1076.

How soon can I get a copy of the death certificate?

Once the cause of death is known the Coroner’s Office or Primary Care Physician will be responsible for signing the death certificate. It is usually completed within a couple of days after the death, however your mortuary will be responsible for registering the death certificate, which is done once a disposition date is known (date for funeral / cremation / etc..). The registering of the death certificate could take weeks. Contact your mortuary for more information.

The cause of death says pending on the death certificate; can this still be used for legal purposes?

Yes. Once the death certificate has been registered, a certified copy can be used for legal purposes (i.e. handling of bank accounts, insurance, social security, bills, etc…). If an organization requires other documentation or more information from the Coroner’s Office, please contact us or have them call us. An amendment to the death certificate will be submitted once the official cause of death is known; this will likely be 90-120 days after autopsy.

Who do I contact if I have any questions regarding my loved one’s case?