The sheriff’s office in California says it is suspending its day patrol services due to “escatrophic staffing shortages across the agency.”
The Tehama County Sheriff’s Office says patrols will stop Nov. 20 in the county north of Sacramento, which has a population of about 65,000.
“Over the past few years, the Sheriff’s Office has had difficulties with employee recruitment and retention, which has been directly related to pay disparities,” he said in a statement. “A drastic increase in attrition, coupled with a failure to present compelling recruiting efforts, has resulted in unprecedented staffing shortages.”
The sheriff’s office says “further reduction in services is necessary to handle a catastrophic staffing shortage across the agency.”
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In its own statement, the Tehama County Deputy Sheriff’s Association said it has spoken with the county’s Board of Supervisors “for several years and warned them that staffing levels are too low.
“Instead of taking swift and decisive action, they delayed and allowed too many good employees to leave,” the group added. “Several housing units within the Jail have been closed, the Dispatch Center has been temporarily closed, and now the Day Shift Patrol will be closed. We will continue to do all we can for the great citizens of Tehama County.”
The board did not immediately respond to a request for comment Friday from Fox News Digital.
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Meanwhile, the Tehama County Sheriff’s Office says its officials have met with the California Highway Patrol (CHP) “to discuss emergency response parameters within Tehama County.
“While final details are still in the works, CHP will respond to life-threatening emergencies during hours when the Sheriff’s Office is unable to provide patrol services,” he said.