Sheriff's Office: Homeland Security Division (3055P)

Program Outcome Statement

Provide effective emergency services to San Mateo County

Program Services

  • Emergency Management and Support
  • Bomb Squad
  • Search and Rescue
  • Marine Patrol and Rescue
  • SWAT
  • Volunteer Services Program

Overview

The Sheriff's Office Homeland Security Division includes the Office of Emergency Services (OES) and Emergency Services Bureau (ESB). The Division provides emergency management, law enforcement and fire service support, Search and Rescue services, Air Squadron Unit, Ceremonial Unit, Volunteers in Policing, and Reserves.
Additionally, OES performs major planned event services, volunteer recruitment and training, as well as Homeland Security funding coordination to support public safety efforts. In order to reduce loss of life, injury, and property, OES assists federal, state, and local jurisdictions with terrorism prevention, event mitigation, and disaster preparedness.
OES aggressively seeks Department of Homeland Security grant funds to train, equip, and prepare San Mateo County for all types of hazards. The reduction in available Homeland Security grant funds will be a major challenge in the coming years. To compensate for the potential decline in grant funding, the Division will seek alternative approaches to maintain services by transitioning from external contracts to the utilization of internal resources.

Number of Bomb Squad Call-Outs where a Suspicious Device is Located and Rendered Safe

Dollar Value Saved by Use of Volunteer Force


Percent of Emergency Incidents Responded to Within One Hour

FY 2017-18 Mid-Year Story Behind Performance

Number of Bomb Squad Call-Outs where a Suspicious Device is Located and Rendered Safe

During the first half of FY 2017-18, the Bomb Squad engaged in 11 call-outs. Although this number is on the lower end of the spectrum, we expect to be close to the target by the end of the year. While it is hopeful that this number will decrease in the future, we will remain at a high level of readiness.

Dollar Value Saved by Use of Volunteer Force

So far in FY 2017-18, the Homeland Security Division saved $1.7 million by utilizing an expanding volunteer force. As a result of this growth, the Sheriff's Office and County is realizing a significant cost savings. Volunteer hours, and in turn cost savings, are on track to meet the target for FY 2017-18.

Percent of Emergency Incidents Responded to Within One Hour

In the first half of FY 2017-18, the Homeland Security Division responded to 100% of emergency incidents within one hour - continuing to achieve high levels of performance for San Mateo County.


Future Priorities

  • Increase awareness and educate the residents and businesses in the County to plan, prepare, and recover after a disaster
  • Encourage the public to receive CERT training and attend basic disaster preparation classes
  • Increase enrollment in the SMC Alert Program throughout the County by vigorous multimedia advertising and community outreach through our public and private schools to promote personal responsibility
  • Increase preparedness during emergencies and generally increase the Division's visibility in the community
  • Continue recruitment of Sheriff's Office volunteers
Author: Deniz Tunc, Management Analyst     Contact Email: dtunc@smcgov.org     Date Created: 09-01-2017