Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2023, $899,000)
The Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office has identified multiple projects needing urgent attention that are geared towards the safety concerns of its law enforcement officers.
Research & Development:
Many of the items or vendors selected have been chosen based on outside agency referrals, testing of actual equipment, or demos seen at conferences that the sheriff's department wishes to align with. The sheriff's department has had a lot of turnover in various leadership roles which has either put a delay on replacement or required the department to consistently purchase new items, such as bullet proof vests, that quickly consumes available expenditure budgets.
This year the department aimed at vehicle replacement by utilizing various funding sources and was able to secure some requiring pre-order and production. It is anticipating a high cost of upfit which will exceed available means in the next year if the department wishes to order parts at this time.
This funding has allowed the sheriff's department to purchase and distribute new gun shot wound kits to all agencies in Siskiyou County which would normally not be allowed by the County.
The sheriff's department Special Response Team (SRT) is currently being redeveloped. The department has sent multiple eligible staff to become certified and have a new team leader who has been creating training plans and training scenarios to ensure successful outcomes. The long-term goal for this team is to have the needed safety equipment for the various incidents they may respond to. The ability to provide them with up to date equipment not only inspires retention of the team but safety of staff and the public.