Throughout my career, I have embraced and understood the importance of the Community Policing philosophy and the critical role it plays in effective policing. The San Mateo County Sheriff's Office has been engaged in community policing practices for over 20 years and building strong relationships with our community members continues to be one of my top priorities. Since taking office, we have successfully partnered with community groups on gun buyback programs; continued our great work with the Community Alliance to Revitalize Our Neighborhoods (CARON) program; expanded our Sheriff's Activities League programs to reach more youths; and hosted a variety of community engagement events.
IMPLEMENTING EFFECTIVE PROGRAMS TO REDUCE RECIDIVISM
Reducing recidivism promotes community safety for all of us. It is a complex issue, but one I remain committed to. The efforts the Sheriff's Office is championing are multifaceted and designed to create real change. We are implementing programs that not only provide our inmate population with the tools, resources, and opportunities they need to successfully reenter the community, but programs and services that instill hope and dignity as well. Since taking office, we have opened an Acute Stabilization Unit in partnership with Correctional Health Services for the treatment of severely mentally ill inmates; opened the Maple Street Correctional Center Family Reunification Unit; and implemented remote video visitation services enabling family and friends to visit with those incarcerated in our facilities remotely.
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 were the implementation of a body-worn camera and in-car camera program; the incorporation of Intelligence Led Policing principles into our daily operations to increase community safety and operational efficiencies; the development an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Unit (UAV) to enhance our search and rescue capabilities; and the implementation of video court appearances. All of these things further our ability to keep our communities safe while providing modern, transparent, and accountable law enforcement services.
LEVERAGING MODERN TECHNOLOGY TO
ENHANCE PUBLIC SAFETY
BUILDING TRUST THROUGH TRANSPARENCY
Building trust with the community starts with transparency and accountability. Some of the things we have done in the Sheriff’s Office to increase transparency include implementing a body worn camera program, developing a Sheriff's Office Transparency Page, increasing engagement and communication with the community through social media, updating our website to make it more citizen-centric, and developing a community magazine.
OFFICER SAFETY AND WELLNESS
The health and well-being of my staff has always been a priority for me. Over the past two years, my officers faced a global pandemic, historic levels of civil unrest, and the largest wildfire season recorded in California's modern history. These challenges have not only led to our staff experiencing higher levels of burnout and stress, but they also exacerbated our recruitment and retention challenges. Responding to these challenges is critical to the future of the Sheriff's Office and a high priority for me.