Big Bear (County)
Big Bear Sheriff's Station is functionally organized into two distinct groups to serve the citizens of the Big Bear Valley. The station is host to the city of Big Bear Lake's contract law enforcement personnel, as well as staff, in order to serve the unincorporated area. Additionally, a type I jail facility is housed within the county building.
The station utilizes the community policing philosophy to reduce or eliminate problems within our area. For instance, a team of deputies utilizing Explorers conducted an alcoholic "buy" program within the valley: none of the stores sold them alcohol and only one sold cigarettes to a minor. This business was subsequently issued a citation.
The volunteer organizations at this station are outstanding. Search and Rescue provide the necessary efforts to locate citizens who come to the valley and get lost or who ski or snowboard out of bounds. This unit is comprised of highly trained personnel capable of functioning under the most severe conditions.
Citizen volunteers (COP Unit) provide the extra sets of eyes and ears for the team, reporting suspicious activity, providing extra patrols, and giving the support necessary for a smooth running operation.
The Big Bear Posse is very active in both community events and search and rescue activities. It has seventeen dedicated members.
Reserve deputy sheriffs provide the necessary support during special events, such as Halloween, community days, and warrant sweeps, where they are on bicycle patrol or patrolling the Valley seeking out criminal elements. The team assembled at the Big Bear Station provides a high level of professionalism and dedicated service to the community.