San Mateo Sheriffs Office
(650) 216-SMS0 (7676)
400 County Center
Redwood City, Ca. 94063
After Hours Non-emergency
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Patrol, Specialty Units (SWAT Team, Search and Rescue, Bomb Squad, Dive Team, as examples), Forensic Specialist, Crime Analyst, Fiscal Office Assistant, Property Officer, Legal Office Specialist, and Criminal Records Technician are but a few of the more than 650 positions and 500 volunteer forces that make up the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office.
Although many of these job classifications are careers in and of themselves, we encourage internal movement in the form of promotions, lateral moves, and accepting different assignments. Add to this the camaraderie, competitive salaries and benefits, and on-going job training and support, as well as the diverse communities and rural, coastal, or city living options found in San Mateo County (San Mateo Sheriffs), and you have the career opportunity of a lifetime.
Please browse through this section and the rest of our website to learn more about the San Mateo Sheriffs department. And if you are interested in joining our volunteer forces, please click here.
In order to join the San Mateo Sheriffs Office, applicants are required to complete a number of steps in the hiring process. The steps vary according to classifications and can include a written exam, physical agility test, civil and/or departmental interviews, and a background investigation. (Click here for additional information »)
San Mateo Sheriffs Sworn Staff
The Correctional Officer classification is one of our entry-level positions. They work exclusively in our correctional facilities and constitute an internal pool from which we recruit Deputy Sheriff Trainees. San Mateo Sheriffs office takes pride in our team and the hard work they do.
Deputy Sheriff Trainee
The Deputy Sheriff Trainee classification is another entry-level position. During their probationary period, Deputy Sheriff Trainees attend the Police Academy and complete the field-training program. Once competed, they become Deputy Sheriffs and are assigned throughout our organization.
Deputy Sheriff Lateral
The Deputy Sheriff Lateral classification is for experienced officers who come to us from other law enforcement agencies. Once they complete the field-training program, they are assigned throughout our organization in a variety of challenging and stimulating positions.
San Mateo Sheriffs Volunteer Forces
Deputy Sheriff Reserve
The Deputy Sheriff Reserve classification operates in the same capacity as Deputy Sheriff, but they are volunteers. Deputy Sheriff Reserves are just a small portion of the over 500 individuals that make-up our volunteer force. Our other volunteers are assigned to units including, but not limited to: Search and Rescue, Radio Operations, and Mounted Patrol.
Many people get their first experience of law enforcement with our Sheriff’s Explorer Post. Explorers are young people who volunteer to learn and perform a variety of duties under the careful guidance of Sheriff Office staff, and many later become Correctional Officers and Deputy Sheriffs.
San Mateo Sheriffs Support Staff
Professional Support Staff
Our professional support staff plays an integral part in the success of the San Mateo Sheriffs Office. The staff consists of over 40 separate classifications and 200 positions with a wide range of responsibilities. The more common classifications are Forensic Specialist, Crime Analyst, Fiscal Office Assistant, Property Officer, Legal Office Specialist, and Criminal Records Technician. Although many of the classifications are careers in and of themselves, we encourage internal movement in the form of promotions and different assignments. This includes movement from civilian to sworn positions (e.g., Office Assistant to Correctional Officer or Storekeeper to Deputy Sheriffs Trainee).
Important Safety Information
The San Mateo Sheriffs Office provides a wide-ranging variety of safety information. Below you will find a few of the most commonly accessed resources.
SIGN-UP FOR FREE EMERGENCY ALERTS!
San Mateo Sheriffs County’s Office of Emergency Services (OES) has been established to help our citizens, businesses, and communities prepare for the next major disaster, whether that be an earthquake, flood, fire, severe weather event, gas line explosion, or terrorist attack, to name a few examples.
One of the first things that you can do to prepare yourself and your family is to create a Family Disaster Plan. You should also create an Evacuation Plan for both your home and neighborhood. After you have completed these plans, you should put together an Emergency Supply Kit for your home, office, and car.
SMC Alert is a notification system used to immediately contact you during urgent or emergency situations with useful information and updates by sending text messages to your email accounts (home, work, school, etc.), cell phones, pagers, Smartphones/handheld devices.
Prepare for emergencies – SIGN UP for free alerts, today.
The San Mateo Sheriffs Office provides a free resource guide and resource links to help citizens protect themselves from identity theft and to help those whose identity has been compromised.
Did you know that four out of five car seats are used improperly? Car crashes are the leading cause of preventable childhood injury and despite advancement in technology and education, many children are being placed in vehicles unrestrained or in improperly installed car seats.
Mountain lions are quiet, solitary and elusive, and typically avoid people.
Mountain lion attacks on humans are extremely rare. However, conflicts are increasing as California’s human population expands into mountain lion habitat.
To stay safe in Mountain Lion Country:
- Do not hike, bike, or jog alone.
- Avoid hiking or jogging when mountain lions are most active—dawn, dusk, and at night.
- Keep a close watch on small children.
- Do not approach a mountain lion.
- If you encounter a mountain lion, do not run; instead, face the animal, make noise and try to look bigger by waving your arms; throw rocks or other objects. Pick up small children.
- If attacked, fight back.