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County declares emergency due to protests
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Stanislaus County’s emergency proclamation will help facilitate coordinated public safety responses to protests being held around the County, according to Sheriff Dirkse. - photo by FRANKIE TOVAR / The Journal

Stanislaus County officials proclaimed a local State of Emergency on Wednesday in response to protests throughout the county.

The proclamation allows the county to apply for state and federal funding for law enforcement efforts to ensure public safety, including keeping safe those peacefully speaking out against racism and demonstrating for justice.

“While we expect to see additional peaceful demonstrations as we have seen throughout this week, we do not expect demonstrators to turn to violence unless instigated by outside influencers,” said Sheriff Jeff Dirkse. “This proclamation is primarily an administrative tool for the county to access state resources as well as activate the State Emergency Services Act, which helps to facilitate coordinated response throughout the County if needed.”

“While we find it necessary to take this administrative step in support of local governments throughout the County, we also recognize that we are very fortunate to have outstanding community leaders who have worked together to facilitate community events that respect and honor the cause of social justice,” said Stanislaus County CEO Jody Hayes.

There is no curfew at this time. Stanislaus County Law Enforcement agencies are in regular contact and have no desire to issue a curfew order unless it becomes necessary for public safety.

County officials will review the continued need for a local emergency weekly.