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. You can also view the City Council discussion of this item. The following 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 (PDF)- Relined Version (June 19, 2017)
Del Mar Police Department Feasibility Report (PDF) - Clean Version (June 19, 2017)

Ralph Andersen & Associate Reports

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

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