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Hoopa PD No More


The days of Hoopa having its own police department may be over.

Humboldt County Sheriff Mike Downey announced Thursday that he was revoking the power of tribal police officers to enforce state law and suspending a memorandum of understanding that had been in place between the tribe and the county for almost two decades. The issue, Downey said, is simply that the Hoopa Tribal Police Department didn’t have enough bodies in uniform.

Back in March, the tribe’s longtime police chief, Robert Kane, retired after 20 years with the department. At that time, Downey said, the Hoopa Valley Tribal Council wanted to ultimately disband the force and just have the sheriff’s department enforce laws on tribal lands. Consequently, Downey said he gave the tribe a 90-day notice that he would be suspending its MOU with the county.


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