Law Enforcement Studies 

The City of Del Mar currently contracts with the County of San Diego Sheriff’s Department for law enforcement services.  In 2011, the City started a process of evaluating services and costs associated with the Sheriff’s Department contract, and exploring alternative options for providing law enforcement services to the community. The process began with an initial review by the City’s Finance Committee, which resulted in a recommendation that the City hire an independent consultant to conduct a thorough evaluation.

In 2013, the City hired Ralph Andersen & Associates, who produced a series of four reports that evaluated the benefits and deficiencies of the current Sheriff contract, recommended areas for improvement, evaluated other law enforcement options, assessed the cost of an independent police department, and analyzed the City’s Park Ranger Program.  On April 3, 2017, the Del Mar Police Department Feasibility Report was presented to the Del Mar City Council for review, questions, and public comment and to begin community outreach. Questions about the report can be emailed to the City Manager at To view the City Council discussion of this item click here.  Below are links to the Del Mar Police Department Feasibility Report, consultant reports, staff reports, and meeting minutes related to law enforcement studies. 

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Del Mar Police Department Feasibility Report- Relined Version (June 19, 2017) 
Del Mar Police Department Feasibility Report - Clean Version (June 19, 2017) 

Ralph Andersen & Associate Reports 

Evaluation of Law Enforcement Services
Evaluation of Law Enforcement Options
Analysis of the Park Ranger Program
Updated of Costs for Stand Alone Police Department

Meeting Date            
 Staff Reports and Presentations
November 18, 2013 Report on Law Enforcement Options for the City of Del Mar Minutes 11-18-2013
May 20, 2013 Award of Consulting Services Agreement for the Evaluation of Law Enforcement Services Minutes 5-20-2013
January 21, 2014  Implementation Plan for Law Enforcement Study Recommendations  Minutes 1-1-2014
June 16, 2014 Staff and Sheriff Reports on Law Enforcement Performance Plan  Minutes 6-16-2014
March 16, 2015 Law Enforcement Update and Provide Direction to Staff
 Minutes 3-16-2015
April 18, 2016 Presentation and Discussion of Law Enforcement Options and Police Department Budget
 Minutes 4-18-2016
May 16, 2016 Finance Committee Presentation to Council "Action Plan- The Implementation Plan Finance Committee-Sheriff Sub Committee" Minutes 5-16-2016
 April 3, 2017  Police Department Feasibility Report  Minutes 4-3-2017
 June 19, 2017  Amendment to the Del Mar Police Department Feasibility Report