The King County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) employs over 1,000 sworn and professional staff who provide law enforcement services to people in King County. Our organization is divided into the Office of the Sheriff and four divisions so that residents have easy access to the people and services they need.
Office of the Sheriff
The Office of the Sheriff includes the sheriff, chief deputy, chief of staff, aides, a media relations officer, labor negotiator, the Internal Investigations Unit, and the Legal Unit.
The Sheriff’s Office provides support services to other divisions, regional services to local agencies, and contract police service to the King County Metro Transit Division, King County Department of Transportation (Roads), and the King County International Airport.
Criminal Investigations Division (CID)
This division includes the Special Operations Section, Major Crimes Section, the Special Investigations Section, and the King County Regional Criminal Intelligence Group. The division serves citizens with follow-up investigative, warrant, and intelligence-gathering services. Specifically, it investigates crimes including homicide, domestic violence, computer fraud, forgery, sexual assault, and more. CID also addresses child support enforcement issues and manages court security.
Special Operations include: a K-9 unit with search and drug detection capabilities; air support; marine patrol; bomb/hazardous devices disposal; tactical training in firearms, less-lethal weapons, and defensive tactics; motorcycle traffic enforcement; Tac-30 (SWAT); hostage negotiations; dignitary protection; advanced training; tow coordination and appeal hearings; search and rescue; coordination of the demonstration management team; instruction in and equipment for Haz-Mat; and special event planning and coordination. The division has also taken the lead in planning for homeland security concerns.
Patrol Operations Division
This division manages the core functions of patrol, precinct-based detectives, crime prevention, storefronts, and reserve deputies. The subdivision into four precincts allows for better community-based responses because the precinct commanders can use local data to direct law enforcement services. Day-to-day management of contract city police and school resource officers, are the responsibility of this division.
Technical Services Division
Technical Services provides the bulk of support services that are vital to efficient operations. Often, the employees in this division provide direct services to citizens as well as support services to the other divisions.
The services provided by the division personnel include emergency 9-1-1 call receiving and dispatching, technology development, records, contracting, civil process, personnel, payroll, purchasing, training, photography, application and administration of grants, planning, and all aspects of fingerprint identification.