Hoopa Valley Tribe renews law enforcement agreement with county

A view of the Hoopa Valley Reservation in northern California. Photo from Hoopa Valley Tribe / Facebook

The Hoopa Valley Tribe approved a new law enforcement with the sheriff in Humboldt County, California.

The two parties had a memorandum of understanding for 20 years but Sheriff Mike Downey suspended it last year due to concerns about the tribe's police force. At one point, the tribe was down to just one officers and even the chief of police quit.

Under the new agreement, the tribe will be able to secure training for its officers and they will be able to enforce state law, according to news reports. The tribe also has committed to funding more officers.

The limited law enforcement presence has been attributed to a rise in crime on the reservation. The tribe declared a state of emergency last month amid concerns from residents.

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Tribal Council approves pact with county on police services (The Eureka Times-Standard 3/8)
Hoopa Valley Tribe and HCSO reach agreement to protect valley (KRCR 3/8)
Emergency community meeting held in Hoopa, safety is the concern (KRCR 2/16)

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