String of suspicious objects tests Tehama County budget

RED BLUFF, Calif. - The Tehama County Sheriff's Office has had to call out the bomb squad three times in the last six months concerning suspicious packages at or near the courthouse.

The Sheriff's Office said it's starting to be costly for Tehama county law enforcement.

But unfortunately they have protocols to follow when it comes to responding to situations like this.

"You have to treat all these things very seriously and were dedicated to preserving public safety," said Tehama County Assistant Sheriff Phil Johnston.

The Sheriff's Office said it costs each agency thousands of dollars when they deal with situations like this.

"It's pretty intensive because we have to corner the area and everybody is at a safe distance," Johnston said.

Also surrounding businesses are required to evacuate , which ends up impacting them as well.

The Sheriff's Office said there are different protocols when it comes to determining if something is a threat and said its better to be safe than sorry.

"I would never see it as a waste of money because you know that's what we do we protect people and this day and age we have to take all these issues very seriously and we have to do what's safe," Johnston said.

Sheriff's officials said they are having discussions about improving security measures around the courthouse in the near future , though they wouldn't say exactly when.

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