Under the guidance of Sheriff Greg Munks, the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office holds the responsibility of protecting more than 700,000 citizens throughout 20 California cities. Employing over 600 people, this department oversees forensic laboratories, adult correctional facilities, re-entry services for former prisoners, and emergency services.
In March 2012, the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office announced a plan to stop gang activity in Half Moon Bay and other coastal cities. The Coastside Neighborhood Response Team, which consists of deputies, studies gang activity and identifies gang members to aid the Sheriff’s Office in criminal investigations. The data provided by this group aid local law enforcement in understanding the extent of the problem as well as the best ways to focus its resources.
This endeavor marks only one of Sheriff Greg Munks and the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office’s plans to improve its coastal towns. Along with running a graffiti abatement program, the Sheriff’s Office supports youth education programs that encourage young people to avoid criminal activity.