The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office serves over 67,000 residents with four patrol stations and one correctional facility. The office has approximately 256 employees, ensuring quality services to the residents of Humboldt County. In 2020, our dispatch center took over 124,000 calls and dispatched over 60,000 calls for service, with deputies writing over 6,000 reports and making over 1,000 arrests.
The office houses several divisions, which include:
- Court Services
- Coroner-Public Administrator
- Criminal Investigations
- Sheriff’s Office of Emergency Services
- Animal Control
- Special Services such as the Drug Task Force (DTF) and the Marijuana Enforcement Team (MET).
To protect and serve our community and to earn the public’s trust through compassion and accountability.
To be the safest rural community in California where peace, justice, and freedom thrive.
Dedication Excellence Professionalism Unity Trust Integrity Engagement Service
Our Five Principles
- We are PREPARED to do what is necessary every day.
- We are trusted with the PROTECTION of our community and hold this above all else.
- We are dedicated to PREVENTION of crime and abuse of all types.
- We put an emphasis on PROBLEM SOLVING, always being innovative and solution driven.
- We seek trust and engagement through PARTNERSHIP with our employees and everyone in our community.
Policies and Procedures
The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office has begun to post publicly available policies, procedures and training materials pursuant to the requirements of Senate Bill 978. The information posted here will be undergoing routine additions and will be periodically updated on this website. Any redactions you may see result only from a genuine need to withhold a procedure, tactical practice, or privacy concern for the safety of department personnel or the public.
Humboldt County Sheriff
Sheriff William F. Honsal was appointed unanimously to the position by the Humboldt County Board of Supervisors in April 2017 to fulfill the remainder of Sheriff Mike Downey’s term of office. Sheriff Honsal was elected into office by Humboldt County voters in June 2018. Sheriff Honsal has been in the law enforcement field for over 24 years. Throughout his 24-year career he has had a variety of assignments including Patrol Operations, Fire Operations, Field Training Officer, H&K / Colt Armorer, SWAT Team Leader, bike patrol, Child Abuse / Homicide investigator, Gang Task Force, and Recruit Training Officer at the Alameda County Regional Training Center.
Undersheriff Justin Braud was appointed to the position by Sheriff William Honsal on October 8, 2018. In his capacity as Undersheriff, Undersheriff Braud provides direction and oversight for all functions and activities of the Sheriff’s Office, including law enforcement and corrections programs. Undersheriff Braud has been in law enforcement for 16 years. He began his law enforcement career in 2002 as a deputy sheriff for the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office. Undersheriff Roles and Responsibilities
Captain Bryan Quenell was appointed to the position of Captain by Sheriff William Honsal on December 12, 2018. In his capacity as Captain, Captain Quenell oversees the Operations Section of the Sheriff's Office. Sheriff's Captain Roles and Responsibilities
Captain Duane Christian was appointed to the position of Captain by Sheriff William Honsal on April 7, 2018. In his capacity as Captain, Captain Christian oversees the Correctional Services Division of the Sheriff's Office. Correctional Captain Roles and Responsibilities
Regina Fuller was appointed to the position of Deputy Director by Sheriff William Honsal on April 23, 2018, In her capacity as Deputy Director, Director Fuller oversees the Administrative Services Division of the Sheriff's Office and the Sheriff's Office's financial operations. Deputy Director Roles and Responsibilities