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On November 1, 2022, the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors voted 5-0 to support oversight of the Sheriff’s Office, and to direct staff and the ad hoc committee to return to the full Board with a proposal that involves both an Inspector General and a board.
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Fixin’ San Mateo County (FxSMC) is a local grassroots organization working to enact effective civilian oversight of the County Sheriff’s Office. 

Thank you Redwood City!
On November 14, the Redwood City Council voted unanimously to send the Board of Supervisors a letter supporting Fixin’ San Mateo County and our work for oversight of the Sheriff’s Office.

What can oversight do for our county?

  • Protect civil rights
  • Support effective policing
  • Ensure greater accountability
  • Enhance transparency and public reporting
  • Lower liability and costs for county taxpayers
  • Build trust between community and law enforcement

Read about the benefits of oversight

What are people saying about oversight?

“The people of San Mateo County deserve the best law enforcement. The efforts of Fixin’ San Mateo County to establish a Civilian Oversight Commission and Inspector General with subpoena power for the Sheriff’s Office will ensure transparency and accountability for citizens. I support the initiative and look forward to its implementation.”
— Congresswoman Anna Eshoo

“As a retired police officer, I support oversight of the Sheriff’s Office. It can improve the relationship between the community and agency, and address public concern about high profile incidents and discipline matters. Oversight will increase understanding of law enforcement policies and procedures, and identify areas of concern and offer options to improve policing.”
—C.R., Redwood City

“My family knows law enforcement. In my immediate family we have a former Menlo Park PD lieutenant, a retired Redding Sheriff, a CHP officer and a police officer in South Carolina. So I know the importance of transparency and accountability between law enforcement and the community. And I believe that civilian oversight of the Sheriff’s Office will support a positive relationship between law enforcement and the community it serves.”
—B.K., North Fair Oaks

Fixin’ SMC in the News

San Mateo County supervisors vote unanimously to support oversight of sheriff’s office

Nov 3, 2022

San Mateo County Board of Supervisors on Wednesday voted unanimously to support oversight of the sheriff’s office. Supervisors asked staff and an ad hoc…

San Mateo County Board of Supervisors support sheriff oversight

Nov 3, 2022

After more than a year of growing support for civilian oversight of the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office, supervisors formally announced their shared support…

Rep. Jackie Speier champions civilian oversight at local group’s meeting

Oct 14, 2022

Speier addressed the members of Fixin’ San Mateo County, a grassroots organization working to establish civilian oversight of the sheriff’s office and an inspector…

Thirty-five members and supporters of Fixin' San Mateo County all together at our Summer 2022 picnic

About Oversight

Why oversight? the problem to solve
Benefits of oversight how it helps
Success stories where and how oversight works
Limits of oversight what it isn’t
FAQ frequently asked questions
In the news articles about oversight

How you can help

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About FxSMC

About us our history and mission
Endorsements leaders supporting our work
Our Board FxSMC leadership
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