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Coming Events

Holiday Luncheon

December 10, 2019 – Join us at the Bali Hai restaurant at 2230 Shelter Island Drive, San Diego as we celebrate our 45th anniversary!   Enjoy Garlic Herb Chicken or Black Truffle Risotto, buy a 45th Anniversary HDSA Challenge Coin.  Our guest speaker is Assemblyman for the 77th District, Brian Maienschein.  Please RSVP no later than November 27, 2019. For more info, contact Executive Director Heather Araiza at 858-974-2296.


45th Anniversary Coin & Raffle

Support HDSA with the newly minted HDSA 45th anniversary challenge coin.  Give them to deputies to let them know you’ve got their backs!  Now available, every coin you buy triggers an automatic entry into two FREE raffles for an Uberti Cattleman and an EAA Witness both in .45 ACP.  The drawings will be held at the next HDSA Luncheon, and the winner will also get a personal shooting event at Weapons Training (details to follow).

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HDSA Handgun Safety Course

Join us for the next Handgun Safety Course at Duffy Town (Tactical Training Facility) on Dec. 7th from 8am to 12pm.  Learn the basic safety fundamentals that all shooters should know.  Members may bring up to two guests.  All participants must be over 18.  There is no cost for members or guests.   All attendees must be registered by November 27th, 2019.  For questions, contact HDSA Member Bob O’Neill at (858) 278-9244.



Founded in 1974, the Honorary Deputy Sheriff’s Association is a prestigious organization of business, community leaders and service-minded citizens dedicated to supporting law enforcement countywide. As a non-profit and non-political orgnaziation, the HDSA is unique as an ally of the Sheriff’s Department and the county’s nine police departments

While all HSDA members are personally commissioned by the Sheriff, the HDSA itself is governed by the membership and their duly elected Board of Directors. The by-laws set limits for membership at 1,000 as well as the conditions of membership, dues, and other matters.

While the HDSA operates much like service clubs such as Kiwanis or Rotary, it never loses sight of its primary mission. Important HDSA programs include: Law enforcement training activities, providing equipment and training facilities for law enforcement agencies throughout San Diego County, and awards a handgun certificate to the top shooter graduating from the San Diego Regional Law Enforcement Training Center.

The HDSA also constructed the Tactical Training Facility, a Canine Training Course, and S.W.A.T. Obstacle Course at the Sheriff’s MCAS Miramar site. Most recently, the HDSA helped fund a new training facility at Otay Mesa and Sheriff’s Museum in Old Town. These important facilities, worth millions of dollars, serve all law enforcement agencies in San Diego and were constructed without cost to the taxpayers. The HDSA also purchased law enforcement training and safety equipment the Sheriff’s Department could not otherwise afford, as well as providing funds for management and technology training for all local agencies.

The total membership meets at least quarterly, has a great time, gets “insider” briefings on what is really happening in criminal justice, and enjoys knowing that they are indispensable to our mission of protecting the citizens and providing for public safety.

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Our Mission …




Protecting Deputies County Wide

This life-saving equipment was purchased by the HDSA for deployment at ever Sheriff substation in the county.

Protecting K9 Unit Dogs

These vests were purchased by the HDSA for wear by all K9 “deputies” in the county.

Supporting Volunteers

HDSA Supports volunteer units throughout the department with both equipment and training.

K9 Rescue Unit In Action

Check out one of the county’s many volunteer units that are supported by HDSA.