It is not known how many resident deputies served in the Shafter-Wasco area from 1920 into the 1930s. In the 1930s, the first Sheriff's substation in the Shafter-Wasco area was established in an office in the Courthouse at the northwest corner of 8th and E Streets in Wasco.
The deputy assigned to this area was responsible for the communities of Shafter and Wasco and the rural areas north to King's County and west to San Luis Obispo County. Incorporation of the cities of Shafter (1938) and Wasco (1945) resulted in the formation of two police departments and reduced the workload for deputies to the rural areas surrounding those communities.
By 1957 the substation staff had grown to three deputies and a sergeant. The Sheriff continued to occupy the Courthouse office space until 1977. By this time the staff consisted of a clerk, five deputies, two senior deputies, and a sergeant. Needing more space, the substation personnel moved to Shafter, operating from the Courthouse building at 336 Pacific Street.
In 1981 the City of Wasco entered into a contract with the Sheriff for law enforcement services within the city limits. In addition to their other law enforcement duties, Sheriff's deputies began providing a full range of traffic safety services. All of the officers of the defunct Wasco Police Department were brought into the Sheriff's Office. In 1984 deputies assigned to the Wasco City Substation became the first Sheriff's Office personnel to use radar for traffic enforcement. For a short time the Sheriff's Office continued to operate the Wasco County Substation from the Shafter Courthouse, and the Wasco City Substation from the police department building at 764 E Street in Wasco. In early 1982 the two stations were combined in the Wasco police building. This facility was already too small for the clerk, 12 deputies, four senior deputies, sergeant, and lieutenant then staffing the station. The operation continued to work from this facility until 1985 when it was moved to the current location (748 F Street), a refurbished fire station at the corner of 8th and F Streets. This move brought the station directly across the street from the original substation of the 1930s. The current population of the City Of Wasco is over 25,000. The city encompasses approximately 4 square miles and includes the Wasco State Prison.
The Wasco Substation is under the command of the Patrol Commander Drake Massey, North Area Lieutenant Tim Posey and Wasco Substation Sergeant Ian Chandler. Current staffing is 2 Senior Deputies, 14 Deputies (including 1 Traffic Officer and 1 School Resource Officer), and 2 Office Services Technicians.