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Having the privilege to serve as your elected Sheriff is a great honor.

Since taking office in 2016, I have remained committed to my priorities of public safety; building strong relationships with the communities we serve; and implementing progressive inmate programs to reduce recidivism.

We made great strides in our efforts to keep up with modern technology in law enforcement and stay ahead of crime. Among our accomplishments were the implementation of a body-worn camera and in-car camera program; the expansion of our Intelligence-led Policing efforts; the installation of Automated External Defibrillators in all patrol vehicles; and an enhanced Crisis Intervention Training program. All of these things further our ability to keep our communities safe while providing modern, transparent, and accountable law enforcement services.

We also greatly expanded our community engagement activities. This year, we introduced a community newsletter; increased our public communications through the use of various social media platforms; hosted various community events including Coffee with a Deputy and Shop with a Cop; and implemented an implicit bias training for sworn staff. I also worked with members of the community to establish the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Advisory Board. Our community partnerships have never been stronger, and I am grateful for the community support the Sheriff’s Office receives every day.

Reducing recidivism has been an ongoing challenge, but one that I remain committed to. This year, we added three new programs to our already extensive portfolio of innovative inmate programs: Sprouts, Planting Justice, and Arts in Corrections. We also made technological advancements in our correctional facilities that benefit not only the inmates, but family and friends of inmates, as well as our correctional staff. Among those improvements were the transition to an electronic commissary system which allows family and friends of inmates to deposit funds into an inmate’s account electronically, and enables inmates to purchase commissary items with minimal assistance from staff. We continue to focus on creating an environment that is conducive to the well-being and development of our inmates with the goal of preparing them to successfully return to our communities.


  • Automated External Defibrillators installed in all patrol vehicles

  • Intelligence led policing tools

  • Enhanced Crisis Intervention Training


  • Social media

  • Sheriff’s Advisory Board

  • Community Magazine

  • Coffee with a Deputy, Shop with a Cop

  • Body-worn camera program

  • Implemented implicit bias/impartial policing training program



  • New programs:


    • Planting Justice

    • Arts in Corrections

  • Improved environment:

    • Electronic commissary

    • Tablets

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