SAL was founded in 1997 by former Sheriff Don Horsley with the purpose of strengthening relationships between youth, deputies, and communities to aid in the intervention and prevention of juvenile delinquency in San Mateo County through positive, dynamic programs. The program was in North Fair Oaks and had a small presence on the coast, serving approximately 1,000 youth per year. In 2009, former Sheriff Greg Munks expanded the SAL program to 12 locations throughout the county, increased deputy support and established a community policing substation that was a permanent home for SAL programs. The program grew to serve approximately 3,500 youth per year.
Today, under the leadership of Sheriff Carlos Bolanos, the SAL program continues to thrive and is serving over 11,000 youth per year in programs, presentations and special events throughout San Mateo County. In light of events in 2015, President Obama called for law enforcements agencies to engage in community policing to build relationships with their communities. The San Mateo County Sheriff's Office, thanks to our leadership, has been engaged in community policing practices for over 20 years and continues to be a progression organization that adapts to the needs of our communities.
President, Board of Directors
Secretary, Board of Directors
Treasurer, Board of Directors
CSO - Voler Strategic Advisors
San Mateo County Sheriff's Office
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Administrative Manager, Recology
Coroner - San Mateo County
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Marshall Realty & City of Millbrae Councilmember
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Public Affairs, Sims Metal Management
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District Attorney, San Mateo County
SMC Futbol Club Director
Coast Program Director
Sandra Sencion has a bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Sonoma State University and is currently working on her master’s degree in Marriage Family Therapy counseling from the University of San Francisco. She has been working for the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office since 2017. She currently runs the mentoring programs on the Coast, which includes: Empowering Young Women, Teen Leadership Council, and Cougar Buddies. Additionally, she oversees the Moonridge Reading Stars program, and Junior Police Academies. Sandra is fully committed on serving her community on the Coast and supporting the youth to be successful.
Coastside Program Director
Juvenile Diversion Specialist
Jennifer Gutierrez Padilla
After School Sports Program Coordinator
Jennifer has a Bachelor’s degree from California State University, Chico in Criminal Justice, and a minor in Ethics, Justice, and Policy studies. She has been working for the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Activities League since 2017. Jennifer runs our afterschool sports programs in North Fair Oaks. She runs programs such as Volleyball, Basketball, and Flag Football. She is in charge of running our SAL 4th-5th grade Soccer League, as well as our 6th-8th grade Soccer League. Jennifer helps run with our Lunchtime Soccer and Soccer for Success program. Her main focus is to encourage our youth to stay active and have fun. Jennifer believes that sports opened many doors for her as a youth that ultimately allowed her to pursue a higher education and she would like to do the same for all our youth.
Cinthya Ibarra Sanchez
Nutrition and Health Program Coordinator
Cinthya Ibarra Sanchez has a bachelor’s degree in from San Jose State University for Justice Studies. While starting off as an intern, she has been working for the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Activities League in 2019. She currently runs the Healthy Kids Programs for the office, which includes lunch-time and after school nutrition classes. She is involved in other programs like tutoring for ages K through 12. Cinthya is fully committed to introducing healthy eating habits so that our new generations who are the future of the world, maintain healthy lifestyles.
Leadership Program Coordinator
Mason Lok started his involvement with the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Activities League as a youth member. After graduating from high school, Mason was hired by SAL in 2013 to run the leadership program he was involved in. Mason currently runs the Teen Leadership Programs for high school students throughout San Mateo County. He is also involved in coordinating community service events and conference trips. Mason is fully committed to developing youth in our community to be future leaders through social emotional learning as well as providing the community with resources, opportunities, and assistance.
Director of Community Outreach and Programs
Alexis Tershay has a master’s degree from Notre Dame de Namur University in Marriage and Family Therapy with an Emphasis in Clinical Art Therapy. She started working as a soccer coach for the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office in 2015. She now currently runs the mentoring programs for the office, which includes art-based groups for youth from the ages of 5-18. She is involved in other programs including Soccer for Success and Lunchtime Soccer and coordinates special projects in the North Fair Oaks community. Alexis is fully committed to promoting critical consciousness in youth through the creative process and serving her community.
Community policing is a philosophy that promotes police and community partnerships with a problem-solving approach that is responsive to the needs of the community.
A bond of respect and trust between the people and their law enforcement allows for an environment where a cooperative effort to solves problems results.
By working together, law enforcement and the community can reduce the fear and incidence of crime and improve the quality of life in neighborhoods countywide. Some of the programs offered through the Community Policing Unit are listed to the right.
For more information or questions, please contact the Community Policing Sergeant at 650-257-3405.