July 10, 2003
Honorable Beth Labson Freeman
Judge of the Superior Court
400 County Center; 2nd Floor
Redwood City, CA 94063-1655
RE: Grand Jury Report: WARRANT ENFORCEMENT IN
SAN MATEO COUNTY
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.
The Police Chief’s 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 the San Mateo County area. Alternately, the Sheriff’s Office and city police departments should develop a standardized policy for coordinated enforcement of arrest and bench warrants.
I agree that 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 Chief’s and Sheriff’s Association will place this issue on his agenda for discussion during their November Training Conference. We will also be reviewing the policies surrounding warrant service in the county.
I am hoping that greater use will be made of programs such as the Ad Hoc Task Force to reduce the backlog of outstanding warrants. I agree that 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 Town of Atherton appreciates the efforts that the Grand Jury has undertaken to improve the quality of the San Mateo County criminal justice system. We are hopeful the recommendations addressed by the Grand Jury will bring about positive change.
Chief Robert J. Brennan