In 1948 the residents
of the unincorporated hamlet of Broadmoor, which
then was larger than the City of Daly City and
extended from about Westlake to South San Francisco,
was comprised mostly of farm lands, came together and
formed their own police department as a police
protection district because services from the San
Mateo County Sheriff were not sufficient to meet the
needs of the residents. In particular, the Sheriff’s
Office was located in Redwood City, where it is
still located, some 20 miles south of Broadmoor.
The unincorporated town of Broadmoor boasts the only
active police protection district remaining in the
State of California.
The governing body of the Broadmoor Police
Protection District is a Police Commission of three
residents elected at large by the voters of the
district. Each commissioner is elected to a term of
four years. The presiding officer of the Police
Commission is the chairman and is selected annually
by a vote of the sitting commissioners. The three
commissioners serve without compensation.
The Police Commission selects and appoints only the
Chief of Police. The Chief of Police is responsible
for hiring all employees of the police department.
The Chief of Police also serves as the District
The Police Commission also sets policy, determines
and sets the annual budget, and hears appeals in
certain personnel matters.
The police commissioners and the employees of the
police department proudly serve the residents of the