$3,000 Sierra Pacific Foundation donation to help SCSO purchase new crime fighting tools
SHASTA COUNTY — Thanks to a recent generous donation from The Sierra Pacific Foundation, Shasta County sheriff’s deputies will soon have a new less-lethal option added to the crime fighting tools they carry on their belts in the form of new Peacekeeper expandable batons.
The Foundation’s $3,000 donation will allow the Sheriff’s Department to upgrade and replace old, worn out equipment and “enhance the safety of our deputies,” according to Shasta County Sheriff’s Administrative Sergeant Logan Stonehouse.
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The Foundation made the recent donation after Sheriff’s officials applied for funds through The Foundation’s community grant program, according to Stonehouse.
According to the baton’s manufacturer, Peacekeeper Products International, the Peacekeeper Rapid Containment Baton or R.C.B. was specifically designed with the weight re-distributed in the striking area of the baton instead of in the handle.
“Putting the weight in the periphery of an arc equates to more kinetic energy transfer or ‘Stopping Power’ with fewer strikes, rather than multiple strikes and welts which are developed from improperly weighted batons,” PPI explains on their website.
The baton’s re-distributed weight design gives officers “a more competitive edge in a confrontation, regardless of size or gender,” according to PPI; and since the Peacekeeper requires less effort to achieve higher impact, this “Force Multiplier” design is intended to give officers the tactical edge needed during violent confrontations and arrests.
Contacted for more information about the recent donation, Stonehouse explained the decision to choose PPI’s expandable Peacekeeper RCB’s over other similar products was based primarily on effectiveness and officer safety considerations.
“From our experience, both in the field and in testing, we found the Peacekeeper batons are the most effective batons on the market right now,” Stonehouse explained; saying, “Prior to this grant, some of our deputies had already purchased and had been using Peacekeeper RCB’s, with great success.”
“With input from our patrol deputies, we sent some of our baton instructors to various schools where they were able to test the different products available, so Sheriff’s administrators could choose the best product for their deputies to carry,” Stonehouse continued.
While announcing the donation, Stonehouse thanked The Sierra Pacific Foundation “for their ongoing support of the Sheriff’s Office.”
Founded in 1979 by A.A. “Red” Emmerson’s father, R.H. “Curly” Emmerson, The Sierra Pacific Foundation has focused its charitable giving programs on local youth and community programs.
Over the last ten years, the Sierra Pacific Foundation has demonstrated its commitment to “Growing Healthy Communities” by contributing nearly $10 million to non-profit organizations, public education institutions, and government entities throughout the communities they operate in throughout California, Washington and Wisconsin.
Since its inception, the Foundation has donated over $7 million dollars in education scholarships, according to tfhe organization’s website.
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Trevor Montgomery, 48, moved in 2017 to the Intermountain area of Shasta County from Riverside County and runs Riverside County News Source and Shasta County News Source. Additionally, he writes or has written for several other news organizations; including Riverside County based newspapers, Valley News, (the now defunct) Valley Chronicle, Anza Valley Outlook, and Hemet & San Jacinto Chronicle; as well as Bonsall/Fallbrook Village News in San Diego County and Mountain Echo in Shasta County.
Trevor spent 10 years in the U.S. Army as an Orthopedic Specialist before joining the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department in 1998. He was medically retired after losing his leg, breaking his back, and suffering both spinal cord and brain injuries in an off-duty accident. (Click here to see segment of Discovery Channel documentary of Trevor’s accident.)
During his time with the sheriff’s department, Trevor worked at several different stations; including Robert Presley Detention Center, Southwest Station in Temecula, Hemet/Valle Vista Station, Ben Clark Public Safety Training Center, and Lake Elsinore Station; along with other locations.
Trevor’s assignments included Corrections, Patrol, DUI Enforcement, Boat and Personal Water-Craft based Lake Patrol, Off-Road Vehicle Enforcement, Problem Oriented Policing Team, and Personnel/Background Investigations. He finished his career while working as a Sex Crimes and Child Abuse Investigator and was a court-designated expert in child abuse and child sex-related crimes.
Trevor has been married for more than 29 years and was a foster parent to more than 60 children over 13 years. He is now an adoptive parent and his “fluid family” includes 13 children and 16 grandchildren.
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