July 1, 2003
Hon. 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 Report
Dear Judge Freeman:
Thank you for the opportunity to review and comment on the recommendations in the above referenced report. The Town of Colma will limit its comments to those findings and recommendations that reference our local jurisdiction.
52. 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.
Agree: Working in collaboration the Sheriff, District Attorney, and San Mateo County Police Chiefs completed a review of the County wide Sexual Assault protocol. In the future the Police Chiefs Association will be reviewing other county wide investigative protocols to include the county wide homicide protocol.
The Town of Colma appreciates the efforts of 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.
Acting Chief of Police
cc City Manager Herb Moniz
Mayor Frossanna Vallerga