Today’s Lighter Side of the News: Fiesty feline makes hisss-tory as first cat hired to SCSO’s purr-lice pawtrol furce

In Today’s Lighter Side of the News:

SISKIYOU COUNTY, Calif., — The Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office was excited to recently announce the newest addition to their purr-lice furce – a feisty, crime fighting feline named Deputy Friskies.

Citizens have been overwhelmingly supportive of the Sheriff’s hisss-tory making decision to hire the Tabby, who is now the cat’s meow of the Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office and the community he now serves.


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A lifelong resident of Siskiyou County, avid bird hunter, and accomplished moucer, Deputy Friskies is currently assigned to help emergency dispatchers with incoming calls for service, but the department already has big plans for the badge-toting feline.

“Right meow he’s assigned to help dispatch take incoming calls, but soon he will be out on the streets helping catch cat-burglars and feline-eous offenders,” SCSO said in a tongue-in-cheek social media release earlier this week.

Now sworn to purrr-tect and serve his community, citizens and cat-lovers alike have been overwhelmingly supportive of the Sheriff’s hisss-tory making decision to hire the Tabby to the department’s purr-lice pawtrol. SCSO photo

Now sworn to purrr-tect and serve his community, and with specialized skills such as confiscating counterfeit catnip, cat-ching bad guys faster than a cat on a hot tin roof, building criminal cases from scratch, and pouncing on purveyors of kitty-porn, Deputy Friskies is purrr-fect for his new job, according to officials.

“He is also a cost-effective solution to fighting crime as he takes his payments in scratches and treats,” officials added.

With the radio call sign “Meow-1”, Deputy Friskies will soon be out on pawtrol, and area residents and cat-lovers alike could not be more pleased; with Judith Crary welcoming the newest deputy to the County, saying, “You’ll fit in purrrrrrr-fectly!”


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Other citizens, such as Teresa Garcia, have said they hope that Deputy Friskies’ hiring will lead other cats within the community to see that fur-based policing has not just gone to the dogs.

“He looks so much like my cat, Thunder,” Garcia said after learning of the County’s newest deputy.

“I’ll show Thunder that cats can be a very important member of the force,” she continued; adding, “Perhaps Thunder will be more inspired and enthusiastic in his own security duties, knowing that Deputy Friskies is also hard at work purr-tecting our community.”

Contact the writer:

Trevor Montgomery, 50, moved in 2017 to the Intermountain area of Shasta County from Riverside County and runs Riverside County News Source (RCNS) and Shasta County News Source (SCNS).

Additionally, he writes or has written for several other news organizations; including Riverside County based newspapers Valley News, Valley Chronicle, Anza Valley Outlook, and Hemet & San Jacinto Chronicle; the Bonsall/Fallbrook Village News in San Diego County; and Mountain Echo in Shasta County. He is also a regular contributor to Thin Blue Line TV and Law Enforcement News Network and has had his stories featured on news stations throughout the Southern California and North State regions.

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 30 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 18 grandchildren.