Sheriff Carlos G. Bolanos

Putting San Mateo County's public safety first.


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Sheriff Carlos G. Bolanos

Putting his experience to work

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 have made great strides in our efforts to keep up with modern technology in law enforcement and stay ahead of crime. Among our accomplishments are 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 CIT training program. All of these things further our ability to keep our communities safe while providing modern, transparent, and accountable law enforcement services.

Community Leader

Carlos is dedicated to helping others by giving back and continuously seeking ways to improve our community. He has committed his over 40 year career to public service and making a difference in the lives of others.

As Redwood City Police Chief, he started the PAL program as a way to engage kids in sports to keep them out of trouble. Today, PAL provides the Redwood City community with over 20 different cultural activities and programs. As San Mateo County Sheriff, Carlos continues to focus on our youth and has greatly expanded the Sheriff's Activities League (SAL) which serves over 11,000 youth per year.

Carlos is past President of the Redwood City Rotary Club, Chair of the San Mateo County Sheriff's Advisory Board, Board Member of Starvista and theSan Mateo County Historical Association, and a member of the Redwood City Elks Lodge.

San Mateo County Sheriff

In 2016, Carlos was appointed Sheriff by the Board of Supervisors, and in 2018, he was elected Sheriff. As Sheriff, Carlos has remained committed to his priorities and has continuously supported innovative ways to increase public safety. He believes in keeping our communities safe by providing modern, transparent, and accountable law enforcement services.