Media Credentials

Press/media credentials are issued to news media representatives employed by newspapers, electronic media, etc., which maintain regular news services in Santa Clara County and California.

To request a credential, please submit a letter from the editor of your media organization on official letterhead to the Media Relations Unit for processing and approval. The letter can be submitted by e-mail to the Public Information Officer OR fax to (408) 283-0562 OR postal mail to:

Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office
55 W Younger Avenue
San Jose, CA 95110

The news media does not have authority to be within a crime scene or area that has been secured to preserve evidence or where their presence may jeopardize police operations. Sheriff lines are established to prevent persons from entering the area of a serious criminal incident or crime scene. Authorization for entry depends on the decision of the lead investigator, Media Relations Unit, and the possession of a departmental identification card.

Members of the news media are not exempt from municipal, state, or federal statutes.

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