SAL was founded in 1997 by former Sheriff Don Horsley with the purpose of strengthening relationships between youth, deputies, and communities to aid in the intervention and prevention of juvenile delinquency in San Mateo County through positive, dynamic programs. The program was in North Fair Oaks and had a small presence on the coast, serving approximately 1,000 youth per year. In 2009, former Sheriff Greg Munks expanded the SAL program to 12 locations throughout the county, increased deputy support and established a community policing substation that was a permanent home for SAL programs. The program grew to serve approximately 3,500 youth per year.
Today, under the leadership of Sheriff Carlos Bolanos, the SAL program continues to thrive and is serving over 11,000 youth per year in programs, presentations and special events throughout San Mateo County. In light of events in 2015, President Obama called for law enforcements agencies to engage in community policing to build relationships with their communities. The San Mateo County Sheriff's Office, thanks to our leadership, has been engaged in community policing practices for over 20 years and continues to be a progression organization that adapts to the needs of our communities.
President, Board of Directors
Vice President, Board of Directors
Secretary, Board of Directors
Director of Development
Case Management Director
SMC Futbol Club Director
Juvenile Diversion Specialist
SAL Healthy Kids Coordinator
Soccer for Success Site Coordinator
CARON Outreach Program Manager
Community policing is a philosophy that promotes police and community partnerships with a problem-solving approach that is responsive to the needs of the community.
A bond of respect and trust between the people and their law enforcement allows for an environment where a cooperative effort to solves problems results.
By working together, law enforcement and the community can reduce the fear and incidence of crime and improve the quality of life in neighborhoods countywide. Some of the programs offered through the Community Policing Unit are listed below.