DSA Mission

The promotion of professionalism in law enforcement by providing service to the community, working with the Department and County to represent deputy sheriffs of all ranks in negotiating and protection of their rights.

Honesty, Integrity, Dedication, Accountability
Respect, Compassion, Courage and Trust

The Deputy Sheriffs' Association of San Diego County (DSA) is the professional labor organization of the more than 2,500 sworn deputies of the San Diego County Sheriff's Department. For the last sixty years, the DSA has been, "The Strength Behind the Badge"® supporting San Diego Deputies and their families.


The Strength behind the Badge” is the slogan chosen by the men and women of the Deputy Sheriffs' Association of San Diego County to symbolize it purpose and meaning. Those five simple words echo the hard work, dedication, and teamwork of countless deputy sheriffs of all ranks who built the DSA brick by brick into the respected political, labor and community leader that it is today.

Since its founding in 1954 as the Sheriff’s Relief Association, many thousands of names have passed through its membership roster and those people laid a rock solid foundation for the professionalism, camaraderie, and relief of the sworn members of the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department. What makes the nearly 5,000 members of the DSA unique is that from the Sheriff, to a first day rookie deputy, to concerned community members, each represents a collective interest in the well being of the law enforcement profession and the people they serve.

The membership of the DSA has invested hundreds of thousands of dollars from their paychecks into our communities and youth programs because they know, perhaps better than anyone, the importance of foundation. Society reflects yesterday’s children and the neighborhoods they grew up in. Today shows us that the DSA was there yesterday, as they are today and will be tomorrow, to truly be The Strength behind the Badge.
- Jim Duffy, DSA Past President

Dinner Dance

Saturday, March 3, 2018

Join us at the annual DSA Member Dinner Dance on March 3 in Downtown San Diego.

Dec ‘17

It’s hard to believe that we’ve already reached the end of the year and the holidays are in full swing. With the kids out of school and family arriving for holiday visits, this is a perfect time to reconnect with some old friends to share a few stories and lies. Don’t forget about our partners who will be working through the holidays and will not be with their families. Some of us remember many years of holidays full of B shifts and night shifts that came and went with the holidays. However you celebrate these holidays, we wish you safe travels, some relaxation, and good times.

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