The San Mateo Police Department is dedicated to protecting and serving by partnering with the community. We are honored to participate in school reading events and community gatherings to meet our neighbors and talk about crime prevention.
Please make all requests at least four weeks in advance to help us balance community requests with schedules, emergency responses, trainings, and other police responsibilities.
While police officers enjoy participating in community events, our first priority is providing quality, timely, and professional emergency services to those who live, work, learn, and play in the city of San Mateo. We may not be able to accommodate all event requests due to call volume, training, and other scheduling conflicts.
If a police officer attends your event, they will typically remain available for calls and park somewhere that allows them to leave quickly if they are dispatched to an emergency.
Police officer visits are typically scheduled for 30-minutes, with the understanding that responding to an emergency may cause the officer to be late to the event, to have to leave abruptly, or in some cases, to not show up at all.