About SMPD

San Mateo Police Department Headquarters Building

Our Mission Statement

Safeguarding and Serving our City with professionalism, integrity, and proactive, community-oriented policing.

Our Values Statement  

Members of the San Mateo Police Department provide service guided by the following values:

  • Accountability 
  • Compassion 
  • Collaboration 
  • Legitimacy 
  • Integrity
  • Respect

Services and Structure

The San Mateo Police Department has always strived to represent excellence in policing. One way we do this is by staying one step ahead by anticipating trends, being proactive in all areas, and taking action before we have to react to crises. One of our most important ways to stay a step ahead of crime is through open communication with the community we serve. You, the community, are our best eyes and ears for what is happening in your neighborhoods, as well as helping us find ways to reduce crime. Working with you in an open and collaborative manner also holds us accountable which benefits the community most. Help us stay a step ahead by keeping yourself informed. On our website you will find a variety of ways to get involved and partner with the San Mateo Police Department. We truly value our community and look forward to meeting you out in the community.