January 19, 2017
Final Reports

July 15, 2003

Honorable Beth Labson Freeman
Judge of the Superior Court
Hall of Justice
400 County Center, 2nd Floor
Redwood City, CA 94063-1655

Re: 2002-03 Grand Jury Report on Camp Glenwood and Log Cabin Ranch

Dear Judge Freeman:

We would like to thank you and Arthur Bredenbeck, Foreman for the Grand Jury, for taking the time to review the security procedures recommended by the Sheriff’s Countywide Security Unit for Camp Glenwood and Log Cabin Ranch. These reviews were done at the request of both facilities. Some of the recommendations have been implemented and the overall security of these facilities has been improved. The Sheriff’s Countywide Security Unit is a valuable resource for County departments and employees. We will continue to provide recommendations on building security, workplace violence prevention and employee protection to the departments of San Mateo County. Below are the responses to the issues raised by this year’s Grand Jury Report.

Recommendation 5.14: Develop coordinated written emergency plans for each camp.

Response: The Sheriff’s Countywide Security Unit provided the camps a security site review which included recommendations to improve security issues. It is the responsibility of the administrators of these facilities to review the recommendations and determine if the implementation of these recommendations is possible. The Sheriff’s Office has had a procedure for some time regarding escapees from not only the juvenile facilities, but from all other jail facilities in the County. These procedures include notification of patrol units, countywide radio broadcasts to other jurisdictions and search/apprehension protocol. Both camps notify the Sheriff’s Office when an escape occurs. Upon notification, the Sheriff’s Office implements its escapee procedures. The Sheriff’s Office will continue to work with both San Mateo County Probation and San Francisco County Probation to insure that these policies and procedures are reviewed and updated on a regular basis.
July 15, 2003
Honorable Beth Labson Freeman
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Recommendation 5.16: The San Mateo County Board of Supervisors and the Sheriff's Office must work with the City and County of San Francisco and its Juvenile Probation Department to ensure upgrading and improvement of security at Log Cabin Ranch as a condition of continued operation. Those improvements should include the following recommendations of the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office security report.

Response: As stated, the Sheriff’s Office Countywide Security Unit made recommendations for security improvements to San Francisco Probation. It is incumbent upon them to implement these recommendations. The Sheriff’s Office will continue to work with both Probation Departments to review and revise, if necessary, security issues.

Recommendation 5.16.1: Installation of an electronic-controlled entrance gate with cameras to monitor ingress and egress, alarm capability, and enhanced lighting.

Recommendation 5.16.2: An entrance sign should be posted indicating that unauthorized access is prohibited and that electronic surveillance is in use.

Recommendation 5.16.3: Enlist the use of the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office Canine Unit to assist Log Cabin Ranch staff in finding contraband.

Response: Items 5.16.1, 5.16.2, and 5.16.3 were recommendations made by the Sheriff’s Office Countywide Security Unit after conducting a security site review at Log Cabin Ranch. While the Sheriff’s Office feels these items would be beneficial to improve security at that facility, it is incumbent on the facility administrator and San Francisco County to implement the improvements.

Recommendation 5.16.4: Establish and implement common written policies and procedures, including consideration of the associated costs, to cover coordinated responses between the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office, Camp Glenwood and the Log Cabin Ranch in the event of escapes and emergencies.

Response: As stated above, the Sheriff’s Office has escapee response procedures in place. It is incumbent upon these facilities to create and implement internal response policies. We will continue to assist these facilities, with the assistance of the County Safety Officer, to review and improve emergency evacuation and disaster protocols.

Recommendation 5.16.5: Install television cameras to monitor both the interior of the camp and the perimeter, and improve perimeter lighting.

July 15, 2003
Honorable Beth Labson Freeman
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Response: This was another recommendation made by the Sheriff’s Office Countywide Security Unit. San Francisco County has the responsibility to review the recommendation and implement.

Recommendation 5.16.6: Improve the radio communication system with the Sheriff’s Office and Camp Glenwood.

Response: The San Mateo County Probation Department is involved with the Sheriff’s Office in the implementation of the new county trunk radio system. This will improve communication between the 2 agencies. The sheriff’s Office will work with Log Cabin to determine if they can become part of the new system. This system should be in place by 2004.

Recommendation 5.16.7: Provide the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office, when requested, information about the residents who are gang members.

Response: The Maguire Facility Classification Unit communicates regularly with the Probation Department regarding gang members in custody in both adult and juvenile facilities. The Sheriff’s Office participates in a countywide group known as the San Mateo County Gang Action Network consisting of law enforcement, probation and parole personnel. This group meets once a month to discuss gang related issues. Representatives from Probation and Log Cabin Ranch also attend.


Don Horsley

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