Meet the Chief
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Meet the Chief
Chief Matt Martell
Chief Matt Martell

Chief Matt Martell joined the Foster City Police Department in 1991. He has 28 years of law enforcement experience serving the last 22 years of that with the FCPD family. Before coming to Foster City, he worked for the Antioch Police Department and also served as a Military Police Officer in the US Army.

As a Foster City Police Officer, he served in patrol, detectives and as a field evidence technician. He was also an active member of the FCPOA and served several terms on their board of directors.

In 1995, he was promoted to the rank of Sergeant and served as a patrol team leader and watch commander until 1999, when he volunteered to serve as an American police officer in the United Nations Mission to Kosovo. While working for the UN, he received valuable international and multicultural experience working with police officers from 35 different countries. In 2000, he returned to his role as a Sergeant with the Foster City Police Department and was assigned to supervise the detective bureau.

In 2002, he was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant and once again served for periods of time in both the patrol and administrative divisions. As a lieutenant, he was instrumental in developing new procedures and technologies, which helped the Department become more efficient and provide a higher level of service to the citizens of Foster City. In 2004, he was promoted to the rank of Captain and served as the Commander of both the Administrative Services Division and the Patrol Division until October 2012, when he was appointed Chief of Police.

Chief Martell earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Organizational Behavior from the University of San Francisco and a Master’s Degree from California State University at Long Beach. Matt is also a graduate of both the POST Supervisory Leadership Institute and the West Point Leadership Program.

Chief Martell is a Foster City resident and is active in the community. In addition to the Foster City Rotary Club, where he is currently serving on the Board of Directors, he is also an active volunteer with the American Red Cross Bay Area, serving on the Leadership Council for San Mateo County. He is a member of several professional organizations and is a past commodore of the Coyote Point Yacht Club. In his free time, he enjoys being on the water.

Chief Martell can be reached at 650-286-3300, or by e-mail at

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Foster City, CA 94404
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