Task Force

Task ForceOfficers of the South San Francisco can apply and be assigned to specialized task forces throughout the County of San Mateo. The task forces consist of the San Mateo County Narcotics Task Force (NTF), the San Mateo County Vehicle Theft Task Force (VTTF), the Rapid Enforcement Allied Computer Team (REACT), the San Mateo County Gang Task Force (GTF), and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).

The San Mateo County Sheriff's Office and other member San Mateo County Police Agencies previously entered into an agreement to form the NTF. The NTF has been in operation for over twenty years and has made a major impact in narcotic activity in San Mateo County. The NTF is comprised of Special Agents from the Sheriff's Office and various City police departments as well as Federal Agencies. The formation of the unit was to coordinate efforts between Cities and to make narcotics enforcement more efficient, as no one agency could handle the enforcement of narcotics laws within the County on its own.

The VTTF is comprised of special agents assigned from the Sheriff's Office, California Highway Patrol, and various City police departments on a rotating basis. VTTF coordinates the activities of county and regional State law enforcement agencies involved in the prevention of vehicle thefts; provides intensive theft detection, criminal investigation, surveillance, apprehension and arrest of suspects involved in vehicle theft activity.

REACT
is a partnership of 16 local, state and federal agencies, with the Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office designated as the lead agency. The REACT Task Force is one of five in the State of California and authorized under California Penal Code 13848 which is the intent of Legislature to provide local law enforcement and district attorneys with the tools and training necessary to successfully interdict the proliferation of high technology crime.

The South San Francisco Police Department has also joined in partnership with the Drug Enforcement Administration, San Francisco Field Division, and assigned one officer and his/her drug detection canine to this Federal Law Enforcement Organization. The officer and the canine along with Special Agents are responsible for interdicting drugs and the proceeds of drugs sales entering and leaving the Bay Area to other cities throughout the United States.

The San Mateo County Gang Task Force is comprised of officers from every agency in the county including the probation department. During the summer months more than 25 officers are assigned to this task force and patrol the entire county combating gang activities through enforcement and probation and parole searches. The task force has a modified schedule during the rest of the year.

San Mateo Gang Intelligence Unit
is has members from the Sheriff's Office and three local police departments. Their function is to develop, analyze and collate all information involving gang members in the county, pass that on to all the departments and assist with enforcement efforts.