Organizational Information

Bureau Descriptions

The San Mateo Police Department is organized into three bureaus, which are overseen by captains.

Field Operations Services Bureau

The Field Operations Services Bureau (FOSB) is responsible for providing the majority of the department’s frontline services. FOSB provides around-the-clock uniformed police protection and responds to all requests for police assistance. Based on a geographic service delivery model, staff are assigned to their patrol beats on a long-term basis so that patrol officers and area lieutenants for partnerships with their assigned communities to resolve problems and proactively prevent crime, disorder, and delinquency. This Bureau also oversees the Traffic Unit, Crime Reduction Unit, Downtown Unit, SWAT, Crisis Negotiation Team, K-9, Field Training Program, Critical Incident Response Team, and the Peer Support Unit. 

Investigations Services Bureau

The Investigations Services Bureau (ISB) conducts major investigations into crimes against persons, property, businesses, and institutions. Detectives track and monitor sexual registrants, drug registrants, and early release prisoners placed on Post Released Community Supervision (PRCS). Investigation Services is responsible for covert operations directed toward the apprehension of the most serious and career criminals. Detectives prepare cases for prosecution and develop expertise in specific specialty investigations, including crimes against the elderly, domestic violence, and high tech crimes. Our Investigations Services Bureau focuses on special and vulnerable victims of crime, working with service providers to reduce the harm to victims. This Bureau also oversees the Youth Services Unit and Police Activities League (PAL). 

Support Services Bureau

The Support Services Bureau (SSB)  encompasses two major areas: support and development along with neighborhood outreach. Bureau operations and personnel provide dispatch services; records services; property; the accounting office; personnel hiring and training; facility and equipment maintenance; research, development, and planning; business services; media services; and Internal Affairs and Professional Standards. Staff in the Support Services Bureau maintain a 24-hour emergency dispatch center; conduct recruitment to ensure that our highly qualified candidates reflect the diverse nature of the community we serve; maintain accurate records for crime analysis; provide record keeping and information retrieval; provide business and fiscal management for the department; and coordinate and facilitate all departmental training. Our Media Services Unit continues to find innovative ways to keep our community informed while engaging them in long-term problem solving strategies and information sharing in their neighborhoods. Our Neighborhood Watch Program administers over 250 Neighborhood Watch Blocks dedicated to partnering with their neighborhood police officers to advance safety, security, and community within our neighborhoods. Subscribers to our Community Alert System and social media outlets currently exceeds 100,000 and continues to increase as we further efforts to enhance community awareness.

SMPD Org Chart with Titles 04-28-2023


One of the most important documents of any municipality is the annual city budget. It establishes how public funding will be spent and outlines the spending priorities for the future fiscal year (July 1 through June 30). Costs for everyday services, such as police patrol, are itemized in the budget. The largest fund in the City is the General Fund. The General Fund is supported by taxes and fees, and generally has no funding restrictions. Police services are paid for out of the General Fund.

View the Proposed Police Department Budget in the City of San Mateo Adopted Business Plan