In March 2012, the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office established The Coastside Neighborhood Response Team to combat gang-related criminal activities in and around the city of Half Moon Bay, California. Comprised of deputies already working in Half Moon Bay and the nearby communities, The Coastside Neighborhood Response Team aims to respond to a recent rise in gang-related crime and combat a lack of leads due to intimidation. The Coastside Neighborhood Response Team will work in conjunction with previously instated gang-related initiatives, including the re-deployment of the Gang Task Force, enhanced communication mechanisms, and graffiti abatement.
One of the initiative’s primary efforts involves identifying and monitoring gang members and gang-related activities. To improve communication between members of law enforcement, any information discovered through these efforts will be shared with the Sheriff’s Office for use in further investigations. In addition, this information will assist members of law enforcement in the ongoing prevention and intervention of gang-related crime activity.
About the Author:
Sheriff Gregory Munks played an integral role in the development and implementation of The Coastside Neighborhood Response Team. Sheriff Greg Munks has served as Sheriff of San Mateo County since 2007.