New deputy takes over high school beat

One of the first things Brian Humphrey did as the new sheriff's deputy assigned to Carson High School was look for his old locker.

"I think it still has the same combination," he joked. "I started out as a student here, and now I'm walking the hallways to protect the students here."

The 1990 Carson High graduate takes over the high school beat from Deputy Ray Guzman.

Guzman served at the high school for four years and is training Humphrey before returning to regular police work.

"This was the most rewarding assignment I've had in the 15 years of my career," Guzman said. "I'm going to miss the kids and the staff, but I enjoy the streets, too. I know the school is being left in good hands."

As high school deputy, Humphrey will handle traffic accidents on the grounds, fights and other crimes such as drug use.

"This high school is like its own little community," he said. "You have between 2,000 and 3,000 people all on this campus. We're their connection to law enforcement."

Humphrey is not new to working with students and staff. He was on K-9 patrol for four years, coming into the schools with his drug-sniffing dog, Tahoe, to search for illegal substances and speak with students.

"Tahoe and I went into the schools on a regular basis," he said. "I feel really comfortable over here because I've already made the contacts."

The position was originally funded through a grant that called for deputies to be rotated every two years.

Chief Deputy Steve Schuette said Guzman retained the position for four years to establish consistency. The grant expired last year, and the sheriff's department now funds the position along with Deputy Bill Rosario at the remaining schools.

"It takes from our staffing a little bit, but it's more beneficial to have that working relationship with the kids," he said. "They become more comfortable with him, and they'll give him information."

It has not yet been determined how long Humphrey will stay on the beat.

Guzman has some parting advice for Humphrey:

"Knowing Brian the way I know him, I'd just say, 'Be yourself,'" Guzman said. "If I had to choose my replacement, Brian would be No. 1 on my list."


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