Humboldt County Sheriff's Office

  • Agency: Humboldt County Sheriff's Office
  • Address: 825 5th St., Eureka, 95501 CA
  • Chief:
Phone: 707-445-7251

Humboldt County Sheriff's Office is located at 825 5th St., Eureka, 95501 CA. The Humboldt County Sheriff's Office phone number is 707-445-7251.

Humboldt County Sheriff's Office News

We are thankful for the community's investment in public safety. Through #MeasureZ we have been able to reduce response times, improve coverage and provide better law enforcement to all of Humboldt County. More deputies & support staff = more proactive policing = more bad guys off the streets and better service for you!

Last night, in the course of investigating a child welfare case, deputies happened upon this butane hash oil (BHO) lab in Bayside. The lab was located inside a garage. The garage door was open and the lab was in plain sight when deputies arrived at the residence. One male associated with the lab fled. HCSO Drug Enforcement Unit deputies searched the garage and located one firearm, over 600 pounds of marijuana trim, over 200 pounds of marijuana bud, 69 pounds of butane hash oil and BHO extraction equipment. This case is still under investigation. Anyone with information for the Sheriff’s Office regarding this case or related criminal activity is encouraged to call the Sheriff’s Office at (707) 445-7251 or the Sheriff’s Office Crime Tip line at (707) 268-2539.

Today bus drivers and support staff at the Humboldt Transit Authority are learning how to respond to an active assailant situation. This is part of our Active Assailant Readiness Program, offered for free to local businesses, schools, and community organizations. As part of this program we also offer risk assessment and help organizations to create response and mitigation plans.

"Grandpa, I need help" Watch out for the latest phone scam targeting local residents. It's called the Grandparent Scam. According to one local resident who received a call from these scammers, the caller claimed to be the resident’s grandson and said he was traveling oversees, had gotten into a car accident and couldn’t get back home until his rental car damages were covered. The scammer asked the resident to wire nearly $5,000 through Western Union to cover the costs. But when the resident asked the caller to spell his grandson’s middle name, the scammer hung up. Grandparent scam situations vary in context but they all contain the same components: the caller says there’s been some type of emergency (accident, arrest, assault, etc.) and asks you to send money immediately. The scammer might pose as a grandchild or may identify themselves as a lawyer or law enforcement official on behalf of a relative. If you get a call or an email from someone claiming to know you and asking for help, the best way to determine if it is a scam is to pause, tell the scammer you will need to contact another family member first and hang up. Then, contact the person who they claim to be directly. If you can’t reach that person, contact someone else- a friend or relative of the person. Don’t send money unless you’re sure it’s a real person you know.

On Wednesday deputies with our Drug Enforcement Unit served two search warrants on two properties in the Hyampom area (within Humboldt County). Neither parcels possessed or were in the process of obtaining a commercial cannabis permit with the County of Humboldt. During the service of the warrants, DEU deputies located five greenhouses and eight outdoor marijuana cultivation gardens. Deputies eradicated a total of 5,387 marijuana plants and seized three firearms. On both properties, assisting agencies also located several water diversion violations (up to $8,000 per day fine), stream pollution violations (up to $20,000 per day fine), multiple grading violations (up to $10,000 per day fine) and improper disposal of garbage. Additional violations with civil fines are expected to be filed by the assisting agencies.

Please join us in welcoming your newest deputies, the College of the Redwoods 121st Academy graduates, Taylor-Jay King, Johnathan Waxler, Colton Ross and Raleigh Willoughby! Today these four graduated from the Academy and were pinned with their new HCSO badges by family members. They will soon begin their Field Training program as they learn the ins and outs of working for Humboldt County. If you see them out and about, be sure to say hi and congratulations! Click on the photos to learn more about the deputies!

UPDATE: Non-emergency phone lines are now functioning! Thank you for your cooperation and patience. —-Previous—- HCSO non-emergency phone line is currently down. If you are experiencing an emergency or need a deputy’s response, please contact us via the emergency line: 9-1-1. The emergency line is functioning and your call will be answered. We are currently working to get the non-emergency line up and running again as soon as possible.

#PhoneScam We are still seeing these scams circulate locally. If you receive a call from someone claiming to be from the HCSO and the call is suspicious. Hang up and call us back at our main line (707) 445-7251. Another scam not listed in this photo is the Federal Court scam. The scammer will call you claiming to be the HCSO, say that you have missed federal court jury duty and that you must pay a fine or an arrest warrant will be issued. Don't fall for it! The federal court will always send a jury summons by U.S. mail and will never demand payment or sensitive information over the phone. The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office will never contact you for missing a federal court jury date.

This weekend Correctional K9 Deputy Louie, his handler, Correctional Deputy Henson, and Correctional Deputies Hernandez and Camilli participated in Bark for Life in McKinleyville. The event was a fundraiser for cancer research and a celebration for cancer survivors. K9 Deputy Louie had a blast seeing the other dogs in our community and taking part in this great event! Thank you Formica Photo for capturing this photo.

CELEBRATING DADS: In honor of Father's Day being just over one week away, Ferndale students celebrated today with a "Donuts with Dad" Day. Deputy Del Biaggio joined his daughter for the fun and taught students that peace officers are dads and moms too (and we do love donuts)! 🍩🍩🍩

Responding to a number of citizen complaints regarding unusual vehicle and foot traffic, this week Garberville deputies conducted a probation search at a residence on River Road in Miranda. One subject fled from the residence before he could be identified, two others were detained on scene. During the search deputies located a large number of pills, Methamphetamine, loaded hypodermic syringes, pipes, a scale with drug residue, marijuana, and various other items used for illegal purposes. Several items require further identification. No arrests were made during this search, but the investigation is ongoing with future arrests anticipated. Thank you for continuing to send in crime tips and observations from your neighborhoods. These tips are extremely helpful and allow us to better address crime in our community.

HCSO homicide suspect Zachary Harrison was taken into custody this afternoon by the Eureka Police Department near the Walmart parking lot following a citizen tip. The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank the Eureka Police Department for their assistance in apprehending Harrison, the citizens of Humboldt for the numerous tips as to Harrison’s whereabouts and all of the local agencies who aided in the search for Harrison. More details:

Today we say "see you later" to our Administrative Lieutenant Kenneth Swithenbank as he officially enters into retirement. Lt. Swithenbank is known for his incredible service and dedication to the Southern Humboldt community. He will be greatly missed here at the HCSO!

Correctional Deputy Kendall Luna was a Lemonade Day VIP this weekend, visiting lemonade booths across Humboldt County to support local youth's entrepreneurship! Thank you Humboldt Lemonade Day organizers for inviting us to take part in this awesome event for youth.

Congratulations to Correctional Deputies Mason McQuade, Paradise Lockhart and Thomas Gundersen! The three recently graduated from the Yuba College Public Safety Center’s 69th Class of The Corrections Core Academy. This academy prepares our correctional deputies for the changing population and climate of the county jail system, teaching them about direct supervision, correctional ethics, and emergency response.

Check out this photo of Deputy Meghan Hwang and her dog taken for the Companion Animal Foundation's 2019 Heroes and Hounds Calendar. K9 Deputy Louie, Correctional Deputy Colby Henson, and Animal Control Officer Megan Nims are also being featured in this calendar, along with other local agencies and their K9 companions Be sure to pre-order your calendar online at:

#SheriffsFitnessChallenge Correctional Corporal Adam Rossiter accomplished an incredible fitness goal this weekend, running 70 miles in 18 hours! Cpl. Rossiter participated in the Nanny Goat Race in Riverside where racers run as many laps as they can within 24 hours around a one mile dirt loop. Cpl. Rossiter crushed the Sheriff's Fitness Challenge!

While traveling this Memorial Day Weekend, please move over or slow down for emergency vehicles on the shoulder. Moving over saves lives! Also, when you see an emergency vehicle traveling with its flashing lights, move to the shoulder and stop until it passes #MoveOverForRed #MoveOver18

We're so glad to have Christine on our dispatch team! Watch this report from North Coast News to learn more about our Emergency Communications Center and the important role our dispatchers serve in getting you help when you need it.

UNLEASH SAFETY | We've got some big news... our family is growing! We're adding a Dual Purpose K9 Deputy to our team! But we need your help... The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office is raising funds to purchase and train our new K9 Deputy Gusto. Deputy Gusto is a 13-month-old German Shepherd/Belgian Malinois dog who will be specializing in fugitive apprehension, deputy protection and narcotics detection. Our goal is to raise $40,000 to cover the purchase price of Gusto, in addition to his and our K9 Handler’s training costs. Why invest in a K9 Deputy for Humboldt? Canine deputies don’t just belong to the Sheriff’s Office, they belong to you, the people of Humboldt County. Canine deputies are loyal to their community and dedicated to serve and protect those in need. Having canine deputies available to cover as many shifts as possible makes a big difference in public safety. Canine deputies are trained to track and apprehend suspects hiding in buildings and homes, search for narcotics and keep deputies safe from dangerous subjects. Canines also assist in deterring criminal behavior by having them present at active crime scenes. Put simply, canine deputies ensure public safety, prevent violence and educate children and seniors during on-site visits. Please help unleash safety for your family, friends and fellow community members. Any amount helps! Donations of checks and cash are accepted, and are tax deductible. Checks can be made to the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office- K9 Unit and sent to: HCSO K9 Unit | 826 Fourth St. Eureka, CA 95501

Yesterday, deputies with the HCSO Drug Enforcement Unit (along with many other state and local partners) served two search warrants at three properties on Rancho Sequoia Drive near Alderpoint. Deputies found an unpermitted large-scale marijuana operation causing serious environmental damage. Some of those damages included trash and other hazardous materials deposited near a waterway, improper storage and removal of solid waste, leaking diesel fuel and oil on the ground, and much more. One person was arrested as a result of this warrant. Here's a look at what we found:

Memorial Day weekend is almost here! Our deputies will be conducting increased patrols in and around popular county recreational areas this Memorial Day. What are your plans for the big weekend? Comment below!

Our Maritime Deputy was out patrolling the bay this morning, making sure all was safe and clear for Humboldt’s first cruise ship visitors since 2012! (Video in comments)🛳

With wildfire season already underway across the state, last week our deputies participated in wildfire response training. As part of this training, our deputies learned about fire behavior, evacuation and field incident command. They were able to practice these skills with a simulated exercise, with Dispatch Supervisor Morgan assisting to make a realistic radio traffic experience. Also, thanks to a donation of trauma supplies from PG&E, our deputies were able to receive training on field medical trauma. A big thank you to Humboldt Bay Fire and CAL FIRE for assisting us with this training and providing a great classroom space!

We need your help to locate this missing Blue Lake Woman. Janet Egan was reported missing on May 14 after she failed to appear for work. She was last seen by her husband around 7:45 a.m. near the Starbucks on 5th St. in Eureka. Egan is a 48-year-old Caucasian female, 5 feet 2 inches tall, approximately 240 pounds, with light brown, chin length hair and hazel eyes. She has a tattoo of a pin up girl on her left arm and a tattoo of a sun and moon on her right arm. She was last seen wearing a blue shirt and blue jeans. Egan may be driving a 2003 silver Buick Rendezvous with a personalized California license plate reading “BOOK PR”. Anyone with information on Egan’s whereabouts is encouraged to call the Sheriff’s Office at (707) 445-7251 or the Sheriff’s Office Crime Tip line at (707) 268-2539.