Help Them, Please: California Sherriff Says County Will Halt All Daytime Patrols

By Ryan Canady | Tuesday, 15 November 2022 16:30
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California is not doing so well these days, at least not as far as law enforcement is concerned.

Beginning November 20, 2022, Tehama County Sheriff's Office will cease all daytime patrols in the county due to a lack of staffing. The county is approximately 120 miles north of Sacramento, and they see a horrible staffing shortage for their police department. This is likely because the amount they pay their officers is comparably low when looking at nearby counties.

A press release put out on the county's Facebook page read as follows:

"Beginning November 20, 2022, the Tehama County Sheriff's Office will suspend daytime patrol services to its designated areas of responsibility within Tehama County. This added reduction of services is necessary to manage a catastrophic staffing shortage throughout the agency."

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The press release continued by saying that the department has needed help recruiting the officers it needs for the past several years for even the most routine patrols. The average salary for officers in Tehama County is between $52,000 and $62,000. That is approximately $20,000 lower than people in nearby Solano County can get.

The county is already suffering from a high crime rate, and there are concerns that this rate will only climb higher now that it is known that day patrols will not be possible.

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The county is vast, covering over 3,000 square miles. They have a population of roughly 66,000. Sadly, the county has a higher crime rate than 97 percent of the country.

The department now says it is unfortunate, but they do not have the staffing necessary for 24-hour patrols. They will have to make sure that they keep the staffing that they do have available for the highest crime times of the day.

They have been in talks with the California Highway Patrol to see if they can assist with filling in the gaps that the department cannot cover now.

The details are still to be finalized, but the department will look at responding to life-threatening situations first and foremost. After that, it is simply a question of getting to what they can.

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