Duties and Responsibilities
Formed in 1985, the Sonoma County Sheriff's Office Transportation Bureau manages the safe and secure transportation of inmates. This is accomplished by utilizing trained and experienced deputies to prevent against escapes and to ensure the safety of the inmates, staff and the public.
The unit transports an average of 75 to 125 inmates each day.
Destinations of these inmates may include, San Quentin, Napa State Hospital, Oakcrest Psychiatric Services Center, Los Guilucos, the North County Detention Facility, the Main Adult Detention Facility, courts, work crews, as well as local hospitals and medical offices.
The Transportation Unit also coordinates and executes the pickup of inmates extradited as suspects or witnesses throughout the United States and internationally.
The Transportation Bureau consists of one Sergeant, five Sheriff Deputies and two extra-help Deputies. Deputies assigned to the Transportation Unit are required to possess a Class B driver's license, as well as a passenger transport and air brake certificate. These Deputies must also pass a biennial medical exam and are subject to random chemical testing per Department of Transportation guidelines.
The Sheriff's Office Transportation Bureau has a fleet of four vehicles, including a bus capable of transporting 39 inmates and two Deputies, a smaller bus that can hold 22 inmates and two Deputies, a van that is able to hold 11 inmates and two Deputies and a vehicle that can transport three inmates and two Deputies.