Sunday, June 4, 2023

A Holiday Message from Mendocino Sheriff Matt Kendall: ‘In Mendocino County, We are All Neighbors’


The following is a message from Mendocino County Sheriff Matt Kendall posted on the Sheriff’s Office Facebook page:

Mendocino County Sheriff Matt Kendall

As 2021 comes to an end and we are looking forward to the holidays, I wanted to take a few minutes to reach out to Mendocino County and thank our communities for their continued support of our personnel at the Sheriff’s Office.

The public for the support you continue to provide to the deputies, dispatchers, corrections and professional staff at the Sheriff’s Office doesn’t go unheard. And please understand we simply couldn’t complete our duties without your support. Through natural disasters, the pandemic and some extremely uncertain times we have continued to stand together.

This year I again received calls, letters, and emails from the community. These letters were expressing thanks and gratitude for the communities we serve.

We also had the pleasure of speaking with a few former inmates from the county jail who reached out letting us know they were appreciative of the treatment they received while in custody and stories of the new lives they are living.

Many folks have let us know they understand our staff won’t be able to spend time with their families as we work holidays, therefore the cards and letters we received from you will be displayed for our personnel at the stations.

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2021 was a very eventful year it had several trying moments as well as several moments of triumph. Staffing has been an issue and crime simply isn’t going away. We have all seen the news and realize the challenges in our county are also the challenges in our nation.

Recently we have seen the sudden about face of many officials across the state who were once calling for less policing. Now many of them are facing the reality which all of us face daily. We can’t forget the victims of crime. There is a portion of our population who commit crime and there is a need for the men and women who serve our communities in uniform.

Many of the people who serve our communities came from the same towns they are serving in now. We simply don’t have the clinical detachment that often occurs in the urban areas. It is very apparent to me, our deputies work harder to serve a community they are attached to. In Mendocino County we are all neighbors.

Please accept my thanks and appreciation for the support of my personnel while remembering they are also your personnel. Stay safe and healthy, please enjoy your time with family and friends over the holidays.

Sheriff Matt Kendall

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  1. Good man in the toughest job in the county. God bless, Sheriff Kendall, and to all in your command who endeavor to keep us safe.

  2. ❄️☃️❄️ Merry CHRISTmas!!! With 2021 coming to a close I pray we might aspire to be a healthier, more honest, and morally upstanding people.

    I would like to propose that we consider letting go of past hurts as a totally selfless act of love and good will towards others.

  3. Re-fund the police!!! NOW….I am from the not rich areas of the Bay Area. The police didn’t seem to do anything then and less now! The thugs are loving the idiots that thought of this latest liberals debacle. They make all Democrats look bad.

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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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