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We invest in our employees with mentoring, development, and training. You can learn more about our organizational structure by reviewing the San Mateo Police Department Organizational Chart.
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We currently have 30 specialty assignments. Some of these include detectives, school resource officer, defensive tactics, K-9, field training, and SWAT.
We currently do not have this position. Our police officers and community service officers are trained to process crime scenes. For larger events, we partner with the San Mateo County Crime Lab.
No. All of our police officers must learn the fundamentals of policing before entering a specialty assignment. Patrol is the backbone of our department and you must master it before learning a new job.
The San Mateo Police Department participates in a regional SWAT team. Our SWAT team is comprised of an elite group of members who train in the latest special weapons and tactics. After learning the fundamentals of patrol and successfully passing probation, you may test for SWAT.
No. The Sheriff’s Office manages the jail. You will go directly into field training.