Tehama Co. Sheriff Dave Hencratt says tribal dispute is taxing his department

Jun 16, 2014 6:49 PM by Brian Johnson

Tehama County's Sheriff said his department has better things to do than commit deputies to the ongoing tribal dispute at Rolling Hills Casino.

Sheriff Dave Hencratt said his department has been taxed in multiple ways.

Over the weekend, he conservatively estimated total overtime at $20,000.

He also said the situation is wearing on deputies, so through the state's Office of Emergency Management, he's asked for mutual aid (CHP, Butte County Sheriff's Office, and El Dorado County Sheriff's Office have offered resources).

Lastly, he said it's taking his deputies away from their normal duties elsewhere in Tehama County.

"If our detectives are down there, they're not working homicide cases that they've inherited recently," Hencratt said. "You name it, any investigation has been put aside temporarily so that we can be down at the casino to preserve the peace."

Hencratt did commend Paskenta Tribal Chair Andy Freeman for issuing a ban on firearms on Rolling Hills' grounds last week.

He said his department will continue to do what they have to do in a professional way to preserve the peace.


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