Area 1 is an extensive patrol area covering more than 2,400 square miles of western Fresno County. This vast area borders five different counties (Kings County to the south; Monterey and San Benito Counties to the west; and Merced and Madera Counties to the north). While this area is predominantly used for agricultural farming, 63 miles of I-5 and the Coastal Mountain range are also located within Area 1. Many livestock ranches and milk dairies are located in this area, and oil wells are also abundant in the southern portion of this area.
Area 1 has within its boundaries the incorporated cities of San Joaquin, Coalinga, Huron, Kerman, Mendota, and Firebaugh. The Fresno County Sheriff's Office is the contracted law enforcement agency for the City of San Joaquin. In addition to the incorporated cities, Area 1 has a number of unincorporated communities, including Tranquillity, Biola, Five Points, Helm, Three Rocks, Cantua Creek, and Dos Palos.
The deputies assigned to work in Area 1 work closely with members of the community in our crime fighting efforts.
While personnel are still assigned to work out of the Area 1 substation in San Joaquin, the substation is currently closed to the public due to staffing shortages. Citizen's should report crimes through Sheriff's dispatch at (559) 600-3111.