Mendocino County Sheriff's Office deputies William Vanderheiden and Jack Patrick moved in last summer and immediately were faced with an increased level of violence at the Round Valley High School at the beginning of the school year.
said it's common to respond to a call or perform a traffic stop and have family members or friends of the people involved pull up to find out what's going on.
said the two deputies are holding their own, and have backup available from Willits, but noted a third deputy sheriff job is open.
He said it would be interesting to see what would happen to the call volume if there were a third deputy to cover more hours, because
it already goes up when he
and Patrick are off-duty or otherwise occupied.
"When we're off, we get a lot more calls than when we're on," Vanderheiden
"People say, the cops are on, be good.'"
But the deputies are also invested in providing activities for the community's youth.
organizes a youth basketball team through the Sheriff's Activity League
, and is working to establish a wrestling team.
Both deputies' wives put in a majority of the effort, fundraising and interacting with coaches.
wife also volunteer at the Eel River Charter School
, giving him an opportunity to interact with the students and their parents that doesn't involve donning his
Mendocino County Sheriff
Tom Allman hired Vanderheiden
and Patrick in May after the two Covelo resident deputy jobs were vacant for a year.