Town of Atherton
July 10, 2003
Honorable Beth Labson Freeman
Judge of the Superior Court
Hall of Justice
400 County Center; 2nd Floor
Redwood City, CA 94063
RE: Grand Jury Report: HANDLING FORENSIC EVIDENCE
Dear Judge Freeman:
Thank you for the opportunity to review and comment on the recommendations in the above referenced report. The Town of Atherton will limit its comments to those findings and recommendations that reference our local jurisdiction.
Police departments of San Mateo County and the Sheriff’s Investigation units should review and update their respective investigation protocols regarding how first responders manage various kinds of crime scenes and whom they should call.
I agree that we should work in collaborating with the Sheriff, District Attorney, and the San Mateo County Police Chief’s Association in completing a review of the countywide Sexual Assault Protocol. In the future, the Police Chief’s Association will be reviewing other countywide investigative procedures to include homicide protocols.
The Town of Atherton appreciates the efforts the Grand Jury has undertaken to improve the quality of the San Mateo County criminal justice system. We are hopeful that recommendations made by the Grand Jury will bring about positive change.
Chief Robert J. Brennan