The Humboldt County Sheriff’s office responded to numerous recent complaints from the business community in Garberville and Redway, last Thursday, Aug. 16, sending additional officers into the area to make contact with transients and homeless persons in the area, according to lieutenant Steve Knight of the Sheriff’s Office.
Deputies talked to approximately 20 persons but made only one arrest, for public intoxication with an open container, of an individual in the Jim DeMulling Veterans Park in Garberville.
The deputies’ purpose was to “contact and educate,” Knight said.
Complaints had included panhandling, public intoxication, trespassing, littering, and unwanted dogs. The deputies “discussed the issues” with individual transient and homeless persons, Knight said, explaining the law, warning them of consequences, and telling them about options for services available in the county.
People were informed that the officers would return to the area within the next week to follow up on conditions in camps and on the streets.
”We would rather see voluntary compliance,” Knight said. “Enforcement is our last step.”