California Sheriff’s Office says it has suspended daytime patrol services due to a “catastrophic staffing shortfall throughout the agency.”
According to the Tehama County Sheriff’s Office, patrols will cease on Nov. 20, in the county north Sacramento with a population of approximately 65,000.
It stated that the Sheriff’s Office had problems with retention and recruitment over the years. This was directly related to pay disparities. “An unprecedented staffing shortage has resulted from a dramatic rise in attrition and inability to present attractive recruitment efforts.
According to the sheriff’s office, the “additional reduction of services” is necessary in order to address a severe staffing shortage within the agency.
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The Tehama County Deputy Sheriff’s Association stated that it had spoken with the Board of Supervisors for several years and warned them about the low staffing levels.
The group stated that instead of taking swift and decisive actions, they had delayed and allowed too few good employees to go. “Several housing units in the Jail were shut down. The Dispatch Center was temporarily closed and Dayshift Patrol will be taken down. We will do our best to help the wonderful citizens of Tehama County.
Fox News Digital’s Friday request for comment from the board didn’t get a response immediately.
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According to the Tehama County Sheriff’s Office, officials met with the California Highway Patrol in order “to discuss the parameters for emergency response within Tehama County.”
It said that while the final details are still being worked out, the CHP would respond to life-threatening emergencies during hours when the Sheriff’s Office is not able to provide patrol services.