From Humboldt Deputy Sheriff’s Organization President Jamie Barney:

As the President of the Humboldt Deputy Sheriffs’ Organization, and more importantly as the father of three daughters, I stand with the Humboldt County students this week speaking up and using their voices to condemn sexual assault in all forms - especially against girls.

Right now, Humboldt County has a law enforcement staffing crisis leaving over 20 positions unfilled including a vacant position for an investigative detective dedicated to investigating crimes like sexual assault, and a vacant position whose job it would be to patrol our county beaches, like Centerville.

Our members get up every day, give everything they have, and are working 12 hour shifts as well as overtime to fill gaps during the staffing crisis, because like these brave students, we live in this community and want to do everything we possibly can to prevent crimes like sexual assault from ever happening.