Policing in San Mateo: Data, Impact, and Discussion

Monday, December 6, 2:00 - 4:00 pm

Recent events locally and nationwide have raised our collective awareness of the disparate impact that policing can have in diverse communities. These events call on each of us to explore and better understand the impact of policing in our own communities. It is important to work collaboratively to ensure law enforcement best serves the needs of our entire community. 

This is the first of two convenings to explore the issue of policing here in our communities. In this first meeting, we seek to understand: What information is there about police activity and race disparities in SMC? How do you find it? What does it mean? We will present a real-life case study of how to get data on policing, review the data on arrests and racial disparities in SMC, and then host a facilitated conversation among researchers, law enforcement, those working with juvenile justice, and community activists.

Peninsula Family Service and Thrive Alliance are committed to fostering a vibrant dialogue that builds strong communities. We are coming together to co-produce this convening to create an environment where all organizations, nonprofits, police, city, county, neighborhoods, and neighbors can learn and grow. Policing is integral to the fabric of our societies, and having frank, balanced, and well-informed conversations benefits all of us. Join us for an honest, facilitated discussion about the data and the impact of policing in San Mateo County and the City of San Mateo.

This session will be moderated by Peninsula Conflict Resolution Center Executive Director Malissa Netane-Jones. The participants are San Mateo Police Chief Ed Barberini, San Mateo County Sheriff Carlos G. Bolanos, Fresh Lifelines for Youth San Mateo Director Kate Hiester, Public Policy Institute of California Policy Director Magnus Lofstrom, Stanford Master's Candidate Andrew Skelton, and SMFCSD Trustee Shara Watkins.

*Zoom information will be sent to registered attendees.

*Spanish interpretation will be available.

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Malissa Netane-Jones, Executive Director, Peninsula Conflict Resolution Center

Malissa Netane-Jones is the Executive Director of Peninsula Conflict Resolution Center, after having served as Director of Initiatives-Community and Local Government for more than 10 years. In her role, she applies her education and experience to managing multi-stakeholder community programs focused on violence and public health prevention throughout San Mateo County. For over 15 years Malissa has been dedicated to transforming communities through youth and community leadership development using restorative practices and communication strategies.


Chief Ed Barberini, Police Chief, City of San Mateo

Chief Barberini has earned a Master of Public Administration from California State University, East Bay; a Master of Arts in Homeland Security Studies from the Naval Post Graduate School, the Naval Post Graduate School, and a bachelor’s degree in political science from San Francisco State University. Chief Barberini completed the California Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) Command College, Harvard University’s Senior Executives in State and Local Government program, and the Local Governance Institute at Stanford University. He is a member of numerous professional organizations and was last year’s president of the San Mateo County Police Chiefs and Sheriff Association.


Sheriff Carlos G. Bolanos, Sheriff, San Mateo County

Sheriff Carlos G. Bolanos was elected the 25th Sheriff of San Mateo County in June 2018. As the County’s chief law enforcement officer, Sheriff Bolanos oversees all aspects of the Sheriff’s Office including its adult correctional facilities, patrol services, contract law enforcement services, public safety and emergency services, forensic laboratory services, technology services, administrative and fiscal services. A strong proponent of education, Sheriff Bolanos earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from the University of San Francisco and his Master’s Degree in Public Administration from California State University, East Bay. He is also a graduate of the California Command College Program and the Homeland Security Executive Leaders Program.


Kate Hiester, San Mateo County Director, Fresh Lifelines for Youth

Kate Hiester is a native of San Mateo County, Kate earned her Bachelors in Anthropology from Kenyon College and her Masters in Anthropology from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Kate joined FLY in May 2019, where she works alongside staff, volunteers, and young people to dismantle the pipeline to prison in our local community. In her role as County Director, Kate oversees FLY’s four programs in San Mateo County: Law Program, Leadership Program, Reentry Program, and STAY FLY. In addition, she helped design and lead the implementation of Career Pathways Navigators across FLY’s three counties, manages contracts, builds partnerships, and leads FLY’s local systems-change efforts to address inequities that young people face at school, in the community, and in the juvenile justice system. 


Magnus Lofstrom, Policy Director & Senior Fellow, Public Policy Institute of California

Magnus Lofstrom is policy director of criminal justice, a senior fellow at PPIC, and a visiting professor at the Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley. Focusing on crime rates and recidivism, his recent work examines criminal justice reforms in California. His research has been published in numerous academic books and journals. He serves on the editorial board of Industrial Relations and was a member of the–California State Controller John Chiang’s Council of Economic Advisors. Prior to joining PPIC, he was a faculty member at the University of Texas at Dallas and the University of California, Irvine. He received his Ph.D. in economics from the University of California, San Diego


Andrew Skelton, Policy Stanford Master's Student, Public Policy Program

Andrew Skelton was born and raised in San Mateo. He is committed to advocating for equity in his local community. Andrew is currently a Master's student of Sociology at Stanford University.


Shara Watkins, Trustee, SMFCSD School Board Trustee

Shara Watkins has dedicated her life to education and to the students in her local communities. After graduating from Wellesley College, she participated in the Teach for America program in New York City. She currently supports schools and districts all over the country as a customer success manager for an education technology company. As an SMFCSD School Board Trustee, Shara has been a champion for equity. Shara authored an Equity Resolution in collaboration with community leaders that helped to create the District's Equity Task Force. In addition to her role at Goalbook and on the San Mateo-Foster City School Board, Shara is a community advocate focused on ensuring law enforcement accountability and highlighting the data and stories of those impacted by the system. 


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