The SMPD Safety B.O.L. – Issue #1

The men and women of the San Mateo Police Department take their sworn oath to uphold public safety very much to heart.  This new addition to our blog will not only allow you the chance to get to know some of your San Mateo police officers on a more personal basis, but will also give your officers another opportunity to communicate with those they have sworn to protect, educating you on a variety of safety related topics chosen specifically to make you and your loved ones safer here in our beautiful city. 

Officer Jason Chice would like to remind our community that the proper installation and use of child safety seats is very important.  The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration states that motor vehicle collisions are the leading cause of death for children from 2 to 14 years old.  Wearing your seat belt and safely buckling up your little ones into a properly installed car seat is the single most effective thing you can do to protect yourself and your loved ones in a collision.

If you didn’t know, the law changed in 2012. Children under the age of 8 must be secured in a car seat or booster seat in the back seat.  Children under the age of 8, but taller than 4’9” may be secured by a safety belt in the back seat.  Children over the age of 8 must be properly secured in an appropriate child passenger restraint system or safety belt and may sit in the front seat.

SMPD wishes you and yours safe travels as you drive in and around our fine city and being sure to wear your seat belt, while securing your kids in properly installed car seats is the most important step you can take towards making that wish come true for all of us.  If you need assistance in car seat installation, please contact the San Mateo Police Department or your local California Highway Patrol office.


Officer Jason Chice is an 11-year veteran of the San Mateo Police Department.   He is currently assigned to our Traffic Division and has investigated more than 500 traffic collisions.  He is proud to serve as one of your police officers and possesses a wide range of expertise, including his service as an SMPD Rangemaster and Firearms Instructor. Chice

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