Tehama County, Northern California: A county in northern California is scheduled to no longer conduct daytime law enforcement patrols of their community and will be limited to ‘possibly’ respond to non-emergency calls only.
And it seems that county level administration officials are the root cause for the shockingly low staffing numbers. They are refusing to give the deputies raises that are comparable to similar departments in the area.
Because of all this, they just don’t have many cops left.
This has angered union officials, deputies, and even local residents who fear for their safety.
According to the Tehama County Sheriff’s Office press release, in which they call the shortage a ‘catastrophe’, they stated:
“Beginning November 20, 2022, the Tehama County Sheriff’s Office will suspend day-time patrol services to its designated areas of responsibilities within Tehama County. This added reduction of services is necessary to manage a catastrophic staffing shortage throughout the agency.”
The law enforcement numbers for Tehama County, located in Northern California, are so bad they had to go and plead to the California Highway Patrol to respond to any emergency daytime calls for police- they were left no other choice.
And that hasn’t even been solidified yet. The two agencies are still under negotiations for this new coverage arrangement.
Tehama Sheriff’s office currently only has enough patrol deputies to patrol evening shifts, and that is even under question because of the shockingly high attrition rates.
The cause for the incredible lack of sheriff’s deputies seem to be the pay scale, which is a sign of complete disrespect from governing bodies. Experts cite all the areas of concern.
- Pay disparities
- High attrition rates tied to the pay issues
- And an inability to recruit new deputies
If you’re looking to become a Sheriff’s deputy, head to Tehama County, California. Just be prepared for some disappointing treatment from county administration officials.
According to the press release, it stated:
“Over the past several years, the Sheriff’s Officer has had difficulties with recruitment and retention of employees, which has been directly linked to pay disparities. A drastic rise in attrition, coupled with the inability to present enticing recruitment efforts have resulted in an unprecedented staffing shortage.”
One conclusion Law Enforcement Today is reasonably able to make at this point is that the county administrative leadership and the Tehama Sheriff’s office are not seeing eye to eye. This information was concluded after reading their Facebook page post.
In a bold and public move, the same press release that was issued by the Sheriff’s Office was also posted to their official Facebook page.
However, according to a response from the Sheriff’s Union on a comment made about the pay issues, the Tehama County Deputy Sheriff’s Association replied to one user that their deputies are not getting the average wages seen by other similar agencies in the Northern California area.
They went on to say that many deputies have, and continue to do so, left for higher wages in nearby agencies.
Can you blame the deputies? Not only are they seeking appropriate pay, they want to leave to clear lack of respect shown by local leaders.
Their FB message was stark, aggressive and clearly pointed fingers toward the County leaders.
In their post of the press release, they added that:
“We have spoken the Board for several years and warned them that staffing levels are too low. Rather than take swift and decisive action, they have delayed and allowed too many good employees to leave.”
“Several housing units within the Jail have been shut down, the Dispatch Center was temporarily shut down and now Dayshift Patrol will be shut down. We will continue to do everything we can for the great citizens of Tehama County.”
The post then went on to provide the emails and telephone numbers of the County Administration and Board of Supervisors.
Perhaps this extreme staffing shortage does have roots in a political tug-of-war that’s been going on all over the country on in recent years.
This apparent struggle didn’t get by those who follow their Facebook page either.
Comments such as:
“I can’t believe it’s blasted all over Facebook. Now the crime rate will probably be even higher.” – Sydne Mitolo Asturias
“It’s sad to watch this juggling act. Our county administration should be ashamed for failing to act in a responsible and timely manner. I hope some of the changes in admin and board result in more money is spent on your department, less on fancy buildings and useless property.” – Nanci Souza”
There were dozens of similar posts showing the disappointment among the community residents towards the County leaders.
In fact, we can all help. Reach out to the county and express your concerns before a someone gets seriously injured or killed because no one is available to respond to an emergency call.
Here is the contact information the Tehama County Sheriff’s Deputy Association has provided.
Gabriel Hydrick, CAO – (530) 527-4655
Bill Moule, District 1 – (530) 527-4655 ext 3015
Candy Carlson, District 2 – (530) 527-4655 ext 3014
Dennis Garton, District 3 – (530) 527-4655 ext 3017
Bob Williams, District 4 – (530) 527-4655 ext 3018
John Leach, District 5 – (530) 527-4655 ext 3016