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Blue Lake Rancheria Tribe donates $100,000 to sheriff’s office

EUREKA- Sheriff’s deputy's cars will soon have new technology thanks to a donation from the Blue Lake Rancheria Tribe.

The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office accepted the $100,000 donation Tuesday, the majority of which will go towards replacing outdated mobile data units in patrol cars. Deputies use the mobile data units to access maps, incident information and dispatch additional resources. However, the current models are failing. The tribe’s donation will fund nearly 30 new, tablet-style mobile data units to be outfitted in every patrol car. The tablet can be taken out of the car with the deputy to use on scene.

“This will just enhance our ability to provide even better service and it's a way for Blue Lake Rancheria to invest in the sheriff's office and realize some type of benefit from it and not only for them but for the whole community. So this is actually going to benefit the whole county of Humboldt, not just the Blue Lake area,” said Humboldt County Sheriff Mike Downey.