TEHAMA DEPUTIES EXEMPTED FROM MASKS
Northern California sheriff exempts deputies
from mask order, citing risk to officers
A Northern California sheriff’s office has made face masks optional for most deputies countywide,
According to a June 23 memo obtained by The Sacramento Bee.
TEHAMA DEPUTIES EXEMPTED FROM MASKS ON DUTY
Tehama County Sheriff Dave Hencratt wrote in the memo that face masks could jeopardize officer safety,
And cause “extreme peril” for officers in the line of duty.
They could fog up glasses, he wrote.
They could keep wearers from tasting or smelling chemicals, he warned.
If they’re worn for a long time,
Hencratt wrote that face masks could cause “anxiety” and “claustrophobic reactions” among deputies.
He also wrote that masks could interfere with an officer’s “command presence.”
“The Tehama County Sheriff’s Office declares that wearing a Face Covering/Mask while on duty is an issue of Officer Safety,
And may jeopardize the physical safety of its Sheriff’s Deputies,” he wrote.
“These risks are much more imminent and by far outweigh the risk of exposure or transmission of almost any airborne pathogen.”
Sheriff’s deputies must wear masks in the Tehama County courthouse, the memo states.
The Tehama County Sheriff’s Office did not …….