Deputy union claims Siskiyou Co. leaders are ‘defunding the police’

Update: The original statement from the Siskiyou County Deputy Sheriff’s Association and response from the Siskiyou County Board of Supervisors has been added below this article.

SISKIYOU COUNTY, Calif. —The Siskiyou County Deputy Sheriff’s Association, claims county leaders are cutting public safety funding, and 25% of its deputies are now looking for other jobs.

In a letter released Wednesday, the union says Siskiyou County public officials are, “defunding the police.”

The letter says the board of supervisors cut the sheriff’s department budget by $1.2 million last year.

That, combined with what it says is a lack of competitive salary and benefits, has led to over 25% of sworn deputies, to seek employment elsewhere.

Initial statement from the Siskiyou County Deputy Sheriff’s Association:

The board of supervisors responded with the following statement:

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