RESPONSE TO THE WARRANT ENFORCEMENT
IN SAN MATEO COUNTY
GRAND JURY REPORT
July 8, 2003
Hon. Beth Labson Freeman
Judge of the Superior Court
Hall of Justice
400 County Center; 2nd Floor
Redwood City, CA 94063
Dear Judge Freeman:
This letter is to serve as the City of Brisbane’s response to the Grand Jury Report regarding Warrant Enforcement in San Mateo County. The items that appear to reference our jurisdiction are:
2. 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.
We agree. 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 Association 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.
3. Greater use should be made of programs such as the Ad Hoc Task Force to reduce the backlog of outstanding warrants.
We agree. By working together with the County Sheriffs 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.
Thank you for the opportunity to comment on the recommendations made by the Grand Jury.
Thomas R. Hitchcock
Chief of Police