Former MCSO Covelo deputy now working...

Former MCSO Covelo deputy now working for tribal police

There are 34 comments on the The Willits News story from Apr 1, 2010, titled Former MCSO Covelo deputy now working for tribal police. In it, The Willits News reports that:

Former Mendocino County Deputy Sheriff William Vanderheiden is now the Round Valley Tribal Police Department's only officer.

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Honor

United States

#1 Apr 1, 2010
Obviously, Mr. Rabano knows nothing abouts ethics when he states it doesn't matter what a person does in his personal life. I quess Mr. Rabano has not read the POLICE OFFICER CODE OF ETHICS, where a law enforcement officer will keep his private life unsullied. This is also why Mr. Rabano could not become a full time police officer, due to his criminal past. A police officer has to live by a high standard, that means in his personal life. So Mr Rabano, it does matter.
Mema

Hayward, CA

#2 Apr 1, 2010
"He established some trust in the Indian community," Rabano said, "and he's a really calm, mild-mannered guy. He assesses the situation before he just comes in there, like some other deputies."

And now expects to have the deputies rush in and help him when he calls? Right!

Mr. Rabano knows a lot about the sheriff's office too, hes spent more time in the county jail as an inmate than most of the Covelo tribe.

“Local Boy Does Good”

Since: Apr 08

Willits

#3 Apr 1, 2010
I've read the police officer's code of ethics and couldn't disagree with you more.

Mendocino County's law enforcement agencies are devoid of ethics. Our so called deputies are running amok... involved in abuses of liberties, theft and assault under the color of authority, sexual assaults, drunk and disorderly conduct, DUI, and bullying people in local bars while under the influence of alcohol... and that's just scratching the surface. Sheriff Allman, who released this young officer from probation, is one of the biggest offenders. Read up on some of the goings on in his Covelo substation under the tutelage of deputy Barney Frank.

William Vanderheiden is so trusted and admired by the locals that they asked him to take the position of tribal officer. They know about his background and decision making... both good and bad, and they still want him.

Covelo is an incredibly difficult geographic locale to police. When you find someone who does well in that environment, you keep them... to use his off-duty behavior as cause to release him from probation, particularly given Allmen's complicity in the Covelo scandals is patently ridiculous.

I suspect, Sir, that you aint from these parts. If you are, you need to open your eyes.
Grateful and Thankful

Mill Valley, CA

#4 Apr 1, 2010
I'm glad people are willing to step up and try to do a good job in and for the Covelo community and reservation. The same kind of things going on up there are going on right here in lower Mendo. Co.- just more of it here.
RichG

Hayward, CA

#5 Apr 1, 2010
I wish Trinity County would incorporate Covelo.
Friend

Covelo, CA

#6 Apr 1, 2010
Vowel Movement wrote:
Read up on some of the goings on in his Covelo substation under the tutelage of deputy Barney Frank.
I don't want to put words in your mouth, but I think you must mean Deputy Shannon Barney.(Barney Frank is the United States House Representative for Massachusetts's 4th congressional district.)
Koalabear2525

Union City, CA

#7 Apr 1, 2010
he is still working in thec local area . good

“Local Boy Does Good”

Since: Apr 08

Willits

#8 Apr 1, 2010
Friend wrote:
<quoted text>
I don't want to put words in your mouth, but I think you must mean Deputy Shannon Barney.(Barney Frank is the United States House Representative for Massachusetts's 4th congressional district.)
Thanks for the correction! Must need to up my dose of med-mar...
RichG

Hayward, CA

#9 Apr 1, 2010
Being taught by Barney Frank. What did he learnt?
local

Stockton, CA

#10 Apr 2, 2010
It now sounds as if Allman is running the tribal police too. Honest people beware no service when you need it, harassment when you don't, sex, drinking, graft, and corruption.
I feel sorry for the people of round valley, a nice place some good people. They have not gotten much out of the county in years.
Sphynx Queen

Kelseyville, CA

#11 Apr 2, 2010
Lindon Duke was the best they ever had... Ive known Lindon for almost 30 years, and he is as Honest as they come.(unlike some other current MCSO Deputies I wont mention) So, what F'Tard up there decided to fire him? So, you replace an ethical, honest, hardworking guy, for a reject from the MCSO??? Thats just f'rickin brilliant! Somebody needs to be slapped upside the head!(Im sure I could get my ex-brother in law to do it!! <grin>)..And I thought we had a bunch of Corrupt Deputies over here in Lake County! Covelo sure ain't like the Good Ol Days with Scotty Baker. Lindon, you know we love you, and stand behind you... Politics BS. No Worries, because K A R M A is a B I T C H!!!
~R~
Ranger

Mill Valley, CA

#12 Apr 2, 2010
Sphynx Queen wrote:
Lindon Duke was the best they ever had... Ive known Lindon for almost 30 years, and he is as Honest as they come.(unlike some other current MCSO Deputies I wont mention) So, what F'Tard up there decided to fire him?
That is not the way you should talk about the Sheriff.
perpetual cycle

San Mateo, CA

#13 Apr 2, 2010
Lindon and Scotty, the best men ever. Ethical, hardworking, loving men.
Spook

Mill Valley, CA

#14 Apr 3, 2010
And then there were two. Keep up the good work.
REALITY

United States

#15 Apr 5, 2010
Sphynx Queen wrote:
Lindon Duke was the best they ever had... Ive known Lindon for almost 30 years, and he is as Honest as they come.(unlike some other current MCSO Deputies I wont mention) So, what F'Tard up there decided to fire him? So, you replace an ethical, honest, hardworking guy, for a reject from the MCSO??? Thats just f'rickin brilliant! Somebody needs to be slapped upside the head!(Im sure I could get my ex-brother in law to do it!! <grin>)..And I thought we had a bunch of Corrupt Deputies over here in Lake County! Covelo sure ain't like the Good Ol Days with Scotty Baker. Lindon, you know we love you, and stand behind you... Politics BS. No Worries, because K A R M A is a B I T C H!!!
~R~
Yes, That is what KARMA is, and that is what Lindon got! LMAO!! Question for you: If Lindon is the greatest they ever had, then why wasn't he ever able to pass the psych or gun tests for the sheriff's office? Oh wait, you said they're not honest, etc. So, another question: Why won't Glenn County hire him? Is Allman running that county too? HA HA, you're so funny. Wait, he was such a great chief of police, that he is working as an officer for one of the smallest tribes in california!!! You are the one who needs to be slapped upside the head, and I don't need any brother-in-law to do it, can do it myself! Pull your head out of Lindon's **** and wake up!:)
Resident

Laytonville, CA

#16 Apr 9, 2010
Will is a great person, very easy going, community oriented and a huge asset to this valley, the tribe was wise to hire him, he is very slow to arrest people preferring to work with them to calm them down. Congratulations to the current tribal council for hiring him, a lot fewer people are going to jail as a result of this wise choice by them. Will is really well liked and its unfortunate that he was let go because of something that happened while he was off duty, something that was really small in the big picture and something that many people indulge in with no consequences.

Carlos and Will are both great choices, they know who the truly bad people are and differentiate between bad apples and people who are just being human for a moment. They continue to make a huge possitive difference in this valley am really happy they kept Carlos, and hired Will.
reality check

United States

#17 Apr 9, 2010
Don't know Will personally but from what I've heard He will be a great asset to the Native American Community.
Whatever reason MCSO decided not to extend His employment is probably going to turn out to be a blessing for Him.
real resident

United States

#18 Apr 9, 2010
Will is a 'great person'? is that what you call a boy that chose to forsake his vows to the woman he married? or the poor excuse of a rode model he is to his children? i think he is laughing stock of the tribal members he is supposed to offer law and order to? when he showed up the basketball games tonight, im sure i wasn't the only one that snickered and wondered if he was lookin for i.f....lol! let's face it. the tribes saved money because no doubt they used the background check the mendocino county sheriff's office conducted. they obviously saved more money by not having to send him through the p.o.s.t. academy. did the tribes try to recruit a native american for the position since they must adhere to the native american preferance laws when hiring a prospective employee? im guessing not. might have taken some actual money to find a suitable candidate. but hey, at least carlos has something in common with his subordinate, he himself chose to forsake his vows as well. what a joke.
Resident

Laytonville, CA

#19 Apr 10, 2010
Will is not just liked, he is well liked and respected, it was because of feedback from the local tribal community that he was hired. Its so easy to throw stones but we all live in glass houses. I don't know anyone who is perfect, and don't even want to associate with anyone who THINKS they are perfect. The code of silence that permeates this valley is what protects bad apples, and I believe Rabanos and Will are going to help break the veil and get those few bad individuals out of the valley. In addition their philosophy of community policing keeps many good people out of jail, well done Tribal council and those many members who actively supported these two hires.

The reason many native Americans don't want to hire on as a tribal policeman in this valley is simple, who wants to arrest ones own relatives, and all the BS that goes along with that. These two guys aught to be congratulated for taking on a really tough job, one they do really well.Plus they are very active helping young people stay in school and participate in sports, what more is there to say.

“Local Boy Does Good”

Since: Apr 08

Willits

#20 Apr 10, 2010
Resident wrote:
Will is not just liked, he is well liked and respected, it was because of feedback from the local tribal community that he was hired. Its so easy to throw stones but we all live in glass houses. I don't know anyone who is perfect, and don't even want to associate with anyone who THINKS they are perfect. The code of silence that permeates this valley is what protects bad apples, and I believe Rabanos and Will are going to help break the veil and get those few bad individuals out of the valley. In addition their philosophy of community policing keeps many good people out of jail, well done Tribal council and those many members who actively supported these two hires.
The reason many native Americans don't want to hire on as a tribal policeman in this valley is simple, who wants to arrest ones own relatives, and all the BS that goes along with that. These two guys aught to be congratulated for taking on a really tough job, one they do really well.Plus they are very active helping young people stay in school and participate in sports, what more is there to say.
Very well said. Thank you.

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