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Why Join Our Department?

The San Mateo Police Department consists of a diverse and outstanding group of men and women who have dedicated themselves to public service.

Our staff, which consists of 115 sworn police officers and 44 full-time civilian positions, is devoted to protecting and serving the citizens of San Mateo professionally, while providing outstanding customer service.
Fairness, equality, justice and honor are our guiding principles in executing our duties and obligations, while ensuring the continuation of a legacy of excellence.

The Department also recognizes its responsibility to improve the quality of life for those who live and work within our community by forming cooperative relationships with other City departments and service providers outside the organization.

Come out for a ride along and apply to be a hero today!

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