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Sonoma County Sheriff Liaison, Misti Harris
Sonoma County Sheriff Community Engagement Liaison, Misti Harris

New Community Engagement Liaison with the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office

Jun 26, 2017


Greetings! My name is Misti Harris, and I’m your Community Engagement Liaison with the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office. This is a new civilian position charged with cultivating relationships and increasing community outreach and education. Simply put, it’s the bridge between the Sheriff’s Office and the community. This position stemmed from theCommunity and Local Law Enforcement (CALLE) task force recommendations, but it’s more expansive.

The Sheriff’s Office serves the whole community – all half million people who live in Sonoma County. Our mission is protecting public safety. We fulfill this responsibility by providing law enforcement, jail, and coroner services to our community. This is no small task! The vast majority of our interactions are uneventful and, therefore, go unnoticed. However, there are times when our duty is exceedingly difficult and highly emotional for everyone involved.

The Sheriff’s Office is always looking for better ways to connect with our community and provide more opportunities for participation. We have a responsibility to provide as much information as possible so you can be informed with facts, not speculations. Every healthy relationship is built on trust, communication, and respect. We’ve earned the support of many community groups formed by neighborhood, lifestyle, interest, or ethnicity.

Community outreach and engagement are a high priority for the Sheriff’s Office. You may have seen us at community events like festivals and education fairs. We’re starting with policy-level education, providing facts while acknowledging the emotional nature of topics like immigration. You’ll see an increased social media presence as we build on our Facebook success and connect with wider demographics. Expect to see more Spanish-language outreach online and in person. You’ll also notice us spending time with more community leaders as we continue to build partnerships.

The Sheriff’s Office members are part of our community, both in serving you professionally and as residents of Sonoma County. We serve as non-profit board members and volunteers and coaches. As your neighbors, we’re invested in the well-being of our county.

Our collective success depends on everyone’s desire and ability to come together. The community leaders I’ve met so far have inherently understood the need for community engagement and welcomed me with open minds. This leaves me grateful and hopeful that we can forge even stronger relationships and cooperatively tackle difficult issues when they arise. Feel free to contact me if you’d like to connect. Follow us on Facebook (Sonoma Sheriff) and Instagram (sonomasheriff) to stay in touch and informed.


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