IN SAN MATEO COUNTY
This is in response to the 2002-2003 Grand Jury report filed on May 15, 2003 on Warrant Enforcement in San Mateo County. The following are the City of Belmont’s responses to each of the recommendations outlined in the Grand Jury report:
The Police Chiefs’ Association and Sheriff’s Office should study the feasibility of creating a centralized County Warrant Detail under the jurisdiction of the Sheriff to serve and enforce warrants for both the County and cities County-wide. Alternately, the Sheriff’s Office and city police department should develop a standardized policy for coordinated enforcement of arrest warrants and bench warrants.
Response to Recommendation 2:
The City of Belmont agrees with the finding. There needs to be greater collaboration between the Police Departments and Sheriff’s Office involving the service of warrants. The President of the San Mateo County Police Chiefs and Sheriff’s Association will place this issue on their agenda for discussion during their November Training Conference. They will also be reviewing the policies surrounding warrant service in the County.
Greater use should be made of programs such as the Ad Hoc Task Force to reduce
the backlog of outstanding warrants.
Response to Recommendation 3:
The City of Belmont agrees with the finding. By working together with the County Sheriff’s Office and other law enforcement agencies we have the potential to reduce the backlog of warrants presently in the system. The President of the San Mateo County Police Chiefs and Sheriff’s Association will bring this issue before the Association members for discussion.