accomplishments

  • January 8, 2007, Sheriff Gregory J. Ahern was sworn in as the 22nd Sheriff of Alameda County.
     

  • Sheriff Ahern organized and implemented a Tri-Valley Substation for additional patrol and community policing coverage for the rural eastern part of Alameda County.
     

  • Sheriff Ahern expanded the Special Response Unit (SRU) from 30 to 40 members.
     

  • March 2007, the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office purchased its first Regional Mobile Command Post.
     

  • Upgraded the Agency’s patrol fleet to include Dodge Chargers with modernized car-graphics.
     

  • Upgraded to Mobile Data Terminals (MDTs) in all patrol vehicles and brought a new records management and report writing system on line.
     

  • March 2007, the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office purchased its first Explosive Ordnance Disposal Command Post.
     

  • Implemented the "Crime Free Multi-Unit Housing Program" which now have 29 housing complexes involved.
     

  • The Youth and Family Services Bureau (YFSB) launched the "Parent Project," a program designed to teach parenting skills.
     

  • YFSB expanded the diversion program for juvenile offenders.
     

  • Developed and hosted the annual Urban Shield tactical training exercise established in 2007. It was the first of its kind in the nation, and was replicated by the city of Boston, MA, and other cities throughout the nation.
     

  • Increased staffing, participation and grant funding for the Narcotics Task Force, interoperable communications, training, and DNA cold case investigations.
     

  • Sheriff Ahern purchased the first self-contained Chemical Biological Radiological Nuclear Explosive Response (CBRNE) Vessel on the west coast.
     

  • At the direction of Sheriff Ahern, the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office constructed a new Canine Training Facility. The agency now has 27 police canines working in bomb detection, drug detection, illicit pedophile electronics detection and patrol operations,
     

  • With Sheriff Ahern’s leadership, the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office expanded its police services at the Oakland International Airport by assuming the responsibility for security inside of Terminals 1 and 2.
     

  • Sheriff Ahern joined and help establish, the East Bay Regional Communications System Authority (EBRCSA) Joint Powers Authority (JPA) to provide radio communications throughout Alameda and Contra Costa Counties. Sheriff Ahern was selected as the Chair of the Operational Committee.
     

  • Sheriff Ahern began a Chaplaincy Program that is accessible to all staff members, as well as members of the public. They provide grief counseling and religious services.
     

  • Sheriff Ahern worked with his staff to have the Crime Laboratory accredited by the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors to perform computer forensic examinations, one of 40 in the world to receive such distinction.
     

  • Sheriff Ahern  directed the construction of the Law Enforcement Confidence Course. The Confidence Course is the first of its kind, built by and for a law enforcement agencies to promote fitness, endurance, problem solving and team work.
     

  • In 2009, the Santa Rita Jail Inmate Services Unit implemented the Dads Acquiring and Developing Skills (DADS) Program. The Program is designed to help incarcerated men think differently about their roles as fathers and become involved with their children.
     

  • Sheriff Ahern created the position of the Coroner’s Chief Forensic Pathologist.
     

  • January 10, 2010, Sheriff Ahern was sworn in as Sheriff of Alameda County for his second term.
     

  • The Crime Laboratory implemented use of the Leica Scan Station, a 3D laser scanner used to capture crime scene images and measurements utilizing laser technology. ACSO was the second agency in the state of California to utilize such technology.
     

  • The Alameda County Sheriff’s Office and Deputy Sheriffs’ Activities League broke ground on its urban farm project named Dig Deep Farms. Dig Deep Farms is a community program that provides job opportunities for at-risk, young adults in the unincorporated area.
     

  • Santa Rita Jail (SRJ) expanded its use of renewable energy sources in our existing Smart Grid System. This expansion will enable SRJ to run 100% independently of PG&E in the event of an emergency or critical incident. The Smart Grid System is a combination of solar, wind, and a fuel cell component which augments PG&E’s energy supply to Santa Rita Jail.
     

  • The Alameda County Sheriff’s Office Regional Training Center received the POST Excellence in Training award for Organizational Achievement.
     

  • June 26, 2014, Sheriff Ahern appointed to position of Vice Chairman to California State Lottery.
     

  • January 2, 2015, Reappointed Commissioner of California State Lottery by Governor Jerry Brown. This position requires Senate confirmation. The Senate confirmed the reappointment on June 29, 2015, by a vote of 38-0.
     

  • July 14, 2015, received the Patriotic Employer Award from the Office of the Secretary of Defense, Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, for contributing to national security and protecting liberty and freedom by supporting employee participation in America's National Guard and Reserve Force.
     

  • July 30, 2015, received an award from the Navy League of the United States in recognition for the continuous support of Fleet Week.
     

  • October 21, 2015, Chief Special Agent’s Association of Northern California (CSAA), Chair’s Special Award, 22nd Annual Law Enforcement Appreciation Luncheon
     

  • 2016, Filipino-American Law Enforcement Officers Association (FALEO), Special Award of Appreciation, for your years of generosity and support towards FALEO’s charitable endeavors
     

  • May 1, 2016, Heritage Baptist Church, Excellence of Service Award, in appreciation of your courageous commitment to the people of Alameda County, Pastor Alan Fong and the congregation of Heritage Baptist Church thank you for your service on behalf of the public safety of our county and its citizens
     

  • 2017, Sherman Block Memorial - Law Enforcement - Professional of the Year - California Peace Officer Association
     

  • June 22, 2017, Sheriff Ahern elected Chairman of California State Lottery.
     

  • October 14, 2017, Sheriff Ahern received Lifetime Achievement in Law Award from Moreau Catholic High School
     

  • October 30, 2017, Sheriff Ahern received Sherman Block Law Enforcement Professional of the Year Award
     

  • June 17, 2018, Sheriff Ahern received MAGNUS Princeps Award from the National Command & Staff College.
     

  • September 2018, Alameda County Sheriff's Office held the first Swat Fitness Challenge which trains first responders for critical incidents by challenging them physically and mentally. This event has raised over $140,000 for the George Mark Children's House in San Leandro CA.
     

  • October 22, 2018, Sheriff Ahern received Redwood Christian - Lifetime Recognition Award
     

  •  June 6, 2019, Sheriff Ahern received the Landsmen Award
     

  • June 9, 2019, Sheriff Ahern received the Joshua Award
     

  • March 16, 2020, Sheriff Ahern made an emergency declaration due to the COVID-19 Pandemic.
     

  • Sheriff Ahern has continued to manage the pandemic as the Director of Emergency Services for Alameda County. This includes managing housing, testing, vaccination, hospitalizations, supplies and providing emergency workers.
     

  • April 30, 2021, Sheriff Ahern received an award in recognition of Operation Kick Off and Your Support of Genesis Worship Center's Fresh Start Academy. 
     

  • In May 2020, Sheriff Ahern managed the counties law enforcement response to the George Floyd riots and the unprecedented civil unrest and looting that affected the county.
     

  • June 15, 2021, Sheriff Ahern launched "Know Your Zone" campaign in conjunction with Zonehaven for emergency notification for emergency evacuations. This program will save lives during wildfires, earthquakes and other disasters..
     

  • December 3, 2021, Sheriff Ahern was unanimously re-elected as the chairman of the East Bay Regional Communications Systems Authority. 
     

  • Sheriff Ahern will seek a 5th term as Alameda County Sheriff