Candidate for San Mateo County Sheriff – June 2018
I have been married for 39 years and have 3 children and 2 grandchildren.
I have 39 years in Law Enforcement working at the Palo Alto Police Department (Police Officer-Lieutenant), Salinas Police Department (Captain), Redwood City Police Department (Chief of Police) and the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office as Undersheriff and Sheriff.
I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration.
My priorities are Keeping San Mateo County Safe, Maintaining Excellent Relationships with our Residents and Providing our inmates with treatment and programs that provide them an opportunity upon release.
1. Do you perceive any gaps in the services that the Sheriff’s department currently provides for people with mental, physical, or developmental disabilities?
None that I am aware of.
2. Many of the incidents that your department responds to involve people with disabilities. Do you consider the training of the department staff adequate for these situations? If so, could you discuss the program, if not, what do you plan to do to change the situation?
I am not aware of any training for law enforcement that involves responding to provide service to people with disabilities. I would be open to reviewing any training that makes us more responsive to the communities that we serve.
3. What changes to you plan to implement for the approximately 40 percent of the juveniles and adults in your detention facilities with disabilities? Do you believe you have adequate resources and training to help these people? Are you satisfied with the current situation?
The Sheriff’s Office is responsible only for the adult detention facilities. The Probation Department is responsible for juvenile facilities. The 40% figures represents approximately the number of inmates who have been diagnosed with some form of mental illness.
Unfortunately, county jails have become responsible for housing many persons who have some form of mental illness, and we have been working in partnership with our County mental health partners to provide treatment areas in our facilities to provide intensive treatment to our inmates. We have done this through the development of specific Behavioral Health Programming areas for those inmates with serious mental health issues who can not be housed in general population.
I am not satisfied with the current situation. Jails are not the place for those with mental illness to get better.