Q. What is the difference between a deputy sheriff and a police officer?
A. A police officer is employed by a city police department, such as the Menlo Park and Atherton police departments. These officers have jurisdiction in the incorporated portions of their cities. The unincorporated areas of the county, such as West Menlo Park near Avy Avenue and Alameda de las Pulgas, are patrolled by deputy sheriff's with the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office. The towns of Portola Valley and Woodside contract with the Sheriff's Office for law-enforcement services. Deputies and officers are similarly trained, have the same authority, and very often help each other due to their close proximity.
Note: Glenn Raggio sends warm greetings to the readers of The Almanac. After retiring from the Menlo Park Police Department, he began working as a deputy sheriff in San Mateo County, where he is currently happily patrolling the beautiful areas of the south coast.