Police Dept. Strategic Objectives
Chief Barberini and Ms. Briana Fair, our new Mental Health Clinician, joined the council to provide an update on the Police Department's Strategic Objectives, including:
Enhance police accountability, transparency.
Expand on coordination with mental health and social services.
Identify opportunities to enhance technology to increase neighborhood safety.
Host community conversations on policing in San Mateo.
Ms. Fair is embedded as a resource within the Police Department for our pilot co-response model. She works 40 hours a week and offers a tremendous benefit to our team. In just a few months she responded to 52 calls for service. Ms. Fair has autonomy and flexibility in the field, equipped with a vehicle and radio. Chief Barberini spoke encouragingly that ideally she may be interacting with folks on her own, like other clinicians in the field from SMC Behavioral Health & Recovery Service.
Chief Barberini also provided an in-depth tour of some new features in the San Mateo Police Data Transparency website, which was custom built by our City's GIS staff. Through this website, anyone can access crime data maps as well as dashboards on calls for services, police reports, internal investigations, officer shootings, force responses, arrests, and workforce diversity - including gender, education, ethnicity, age, religion, languages spoken, sexuality and connections to community. The data dates from January 1, 2020 and is updated quarterly. Ultimately the dashboards will be capable of reporting yearly trends to inform our policy objectives.
Related Article in the San Mateo Daily Journal