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Q.What can someone do if they are the victim of a bad check?
A. If you are the victim of a bad check, please contact the Bad Check Restitution Program through the San Mateo County District Attorney's Office at 1-866-909-8438 or go to the website at: www.checkprogram.com/sanmateocountyca

Q. How do I obtain a Restraining Order against someone?
The San Mateo County Superior Court website has information on how to obtain a Restraining Order.

Q. What is a "Civil Standby"? What is the purpose, what is the police officer allowed to do in regards to helping or giving the person who wants to or claims to have property in the house?
Can he break into the house by force or order ther person in the house to allow the person who claims to have property in the house enter? This question has come up in our church group several times.
A. Civil Standby is a situation where the police officer stands by to keep the peace in a situation involving a civil dispute, not a violation of the law. It is very common in domestic disputes where one party wants to remove his or her property from a dwelling for example. The officer stands by and tries to insure that the move is done peacefully. The officer is a neutral party in such a case, however he or she may take action if one party assaults another.

The San Carlos Police Department is involved in Civil Standby types of calls about twice a week.


Q. What is your policy on requests for Police Department patch trades, exchanges and purchases?
Due to limited supplies and numerous requests, we cannot offer San Carlos Police Department patches for sale, trade or gratis. In the future, we may be placing our patch on the City web site for those who would like to collect the image of the patch. Thanks for your interest and understanding.