Thursday, November 30, 2023

Mendocino County Sheriff Matt Kendall on the Consequences of Staffing Shortages:’We Have to Triage Calls for Services’


The following is a letter from Mendocino County Sheriff Matt Kendall to count residents posted on MCSO’s Facebook page:

Mendocino County Sheriff Matt Kendall

I wanted to reach out to the public and discuss several crimes we are currently experiencing in Mendocino County. I would also ask all of our residents to help us, help you.

The Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office, as well as most law enforcement agencies in California, are experiencing low personnel numbers.

Several factors have contributed to this, to include COVID shut downs of police academies as well as an exodus of law enforcement officers to other states.

The lack of personnel is causing all law enforcement agencies to create greater incentives for hiring and retention. This is occurring at a time when we are seeing a greater demand for first responders.

The needs range from assistance during natural disasters, to wild fires caused by natural events and arson, violence and homicides as well as a large increase in illegal drug activities. The resources to investigate and deal with these crimes are getting harder to come by.

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Our detectives are working several homicide cases in which the victims and suspects aren’t from our area. This causes us to have to travel outside of Mendocino County to adequately investigate these crimes.

Many crimes which are considered non-violent have had punitive reductions.

Several felonies which would have been housed in our state prisons are now housed within county jails across California.

Many crimes have been reduced from felonies to misdemeanors and with the current legislation moving to releases of all non-violent misdemeanors we are seeing more of these types of crimes.

Mail theft is again on the rise and we have made arrests and continue to investigate these types of crimes.
Several other calls for service such as noise complaints are continuing to rise and I received several correspondences regarding loud generators, loud parties and vehicle noise.

One evening we had several complaints regarding loud music while our deputies were searching for a murder suspect.

Please be patient and understand we have to triage calls for services as they come in. Often we simply have calls which take priority over other calls. Calls for service are always assessed and those which effect life and property have to come first.

Mental health cases are also an area which draws greatly on our resources, not only in our county, however across the nation as well. We are continuing to work with Behavioral Health to find good solutions for treatment of people in crisis. We have seen a steady increase in behavioral health issues, this increase seems to be directly associated with substance abuse.

With these things in mind, I would ask a few things of our residents that will help us keep Mendocino County safe. I am asking everyone with a rural mail box to retrieve their mail on a daily basis. If your mail box is empty there will be nothing to steal.

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Also packages which are delivered to your residence, please try to retrieve them as soon as possible this will also help us curb theft.

We have solved several crimes with the help of security cameras which are privately owned at residences and businesses.

I am asking anyone with a security camera to please keep them in good working order. When a crime is committed in an area, we would like to know who has video cameras and would be willing to provide us with footage.

If you see something, please say something. If something doesn’t look right in your neighborhood please take note of it and contact us. It may be connected to something much larger than you realize.

Nearly every crime which is solved by our office, is solved with the assistance of our residents. Take note of license plates and descriptions of vehicles and persons while the event is fresh in your mind. It may be nothing however it could be something.

I receive emails and letters on a constant basis from residents who are extremely appreciative of the work our deputies are doing.

I share these messages with our deputies and it is always appreciated.

I am asking when our deputies and first responders are working in your areas, please take the time to let them know you appreciate them.

Our deputies work hard and make sacrifices for the people around them. It is our duty however it is much easier to do when they know they are supported and appreciated.

We have reached an odd time in our nation. A time when everyone wants to condemn any violence committed by police, however no one is talking about persons who resist arrest.

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Actions create reactions and we need to start looking at the entire picture.

I am currently working towards greater incentives for hiring and retention within Mendocino County.

We will be presenting several options to our Board of Supervisors which I believe will allow us to hire and retain personnel at a greater rate.

This will assist us as we move forward to continue meeting the needs of Mendocino County.

Thank you,
Sheriff Matt Kendall

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  1. Good man attempting to control a bad situation. County supervisors, wake up! Stop wasting money on cannabis this and that and consign it to the sheriff’s department. Fund the police. Do it now, before it’s too late, if it already isn’t.

  2. 5,000 years of advancements in civilization are being torn down by a political party in the timeframe of a fashion trend. Good luck to humanity in the coming decades.

  3. We need to stand behind Sheriff Kendall. He is doing the best job he can. The comprised BOS are useless. Give him the tools he needs to keep the community safe

  4. You stay strong Sheriff Matt…i have your 6.

    i will also continue to fight my spineless county super who wants to audit your dept. to satisfy the local blm whining agenda.

  5. Support Our Local Sheriff!
    Thank you Sheriff Kendall and the entire MCSO for your hard work in protecting and helping the people of Mendocino County.
    You are greatly appreciated.
    Mendocino County is fortunate that we have elected good sheriffs.
    Sheriff Kendall is a good sheriff. We have good deputies and dispatch. They did a tremendous job for the people during the fires of the past few years.
    Sheriff Kendall knows that protecting the people and upholding his oath of office are his top priorities. This requires a sufficiently staffed, efficient and good sheriff’s department.
    We elect a Sheriff to protect us, the People.
    Board of Supervisors (you work for us, too), give Sheriff Kendall the funding he needs to have the tools and resources to successfully do his job for us. He will be wise with our money.
    Sheriff Kendall stands up for us and we have to stand up for him.

    In America, the Sheriff is our last line of defense to protect our rights and protect us from tyranny.

    Information and two links below on the important role of sheriffs in America and their Constitutional duties:

    The importance of a sheriff from the Common Law Handbook:
    SHERIFF – “America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.” – Abraham Lincoln.
    The county sheriff is the last line of defense when it comes to upholding and defending the Constitution. The sheriff’s duties and obligations go far beyond writing tickets, arresting criminals and operating jails. The Sheriff also has an obligation to protect the Constitutional rights of the citizens in our counties. This includes the right to free speech, the right to assemble and the right to bear arms. Remember the oath.
    Sheriffs took an oath to uphold and defend the Constitution, from enemies foreign AND domestic. In the history of our world, it is government tyranny that has violated the freedoms granted to us by our Creator more than any other. And it is the duty of the sheriff to protect their counties from those that would take away our freedoms, both foreign AND domestic – whether it is a terrorist from Yemen or a bureaucrat from Washington, DC.

    Common Law Handbook:

    Sheriffs Constitutional power:

  6. Cops can’t get away with Murdering unarmed black men any more they are finally being held accountable and they don’t like that so they quitting all over the country because of it lol

    • Black neighborhoods are the most f****d over without police services. The police are quitting because they are being f****d over by a kooky, discriminatory, hypocritical, moronic zero logic mob.

    • Armed, young black men are murdering one another by the thousands, with innocent Back Americans including children deliberately targeted or accidentally killed in the mayhem. Laughing Out Loud. Why don’t take a walk down MacArthur Blvd.in Oakland some night and see how far you get? Try Chicago”s Southside, or Baltimore after dark. You’ll be begging for a cop five minutes into your walk, and you won’t be laughing at all.

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Matt LaFever
Matt LaFeverhttps://mendofever.com/
I like to think of myself as a reporter for the Average Joe. Journalism has become a craft defined largely by city dwellers on America's coasts. It’s time to take it back. I have been an Emerald Triangle resident since 2006 and this is year ten in Mendocino County. Please, email me at matthewplafever@gmail.com if you know a story that needs to be told.

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