Politics, Crime and Law Enforcement in San Mateo County

Atkinson Room

Law Enforcement in San Mateo County is explored in the Atkinson Room through photographs and memorabilia.  It features a memorial to the Fallen Officers of San Mateo County and the Walter Moore Badge Collection.

Fallen Officers of San Mateo County

The Fallen Officers Memorial Kiosk features photographs and biographies of the 27 local law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty from 1888 to 2006. The list of the 27 officers include seven members of the CA Highway Patrol, five members of the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office, one California State park ranger and 14 police officers from 10 different police departments in the county. They all gave their lives protecting their communities.

Left: Sheriff William Phillip McEvoy was killed in 1897.

Walter Moore Badge Collection

From an old Pescadero family, Walter Moore became a deputy sheriff in 1939 and served as a bailiff in Courtroom A.  In 1943, he was appointed Chief Deputy Sheriff.  During his career, Moore collected law enforcement badges from all over the country.  Among the rarest badges in his collection were those worn by constables in the county's Ocean Shore Railroad, 1907-1920.

The 100 Club

The 2017 renovations to the Atkinson Room were sponsored by the 100 Club of San Mateo County.  The 100 Club honors the men and women of law enforcement who have lost their lives in the performance of their duties as peace officers, for the protection and service of the citizens of San Mateo County.