Benson returns to the sheriff’s office with a canine partner | Corning Observer

The Tehama County Sheriff’s Office hosted one of its own, Sgt. Chris Benson, whose return to the department comes with a canine partner by his side.

“We are very pleased to announce the hiring of Sgt. Chris Benson,” said Tehama County Sheriff Dave Hencratt.

Benson worked for the Tehama County Sheriff’s Office for about 17 years as a deputy sheriff until he moved to Modoc County about 4½ years ago. Benson first worked for the Modoc County Sheriff’s Office as a patrol deputy, eventually becoming a dog handler, then promoted to patrol sergeant.

For the past three and a half years, Benson has partnered with a dog named Rogue, a 5-year-old male German Shepherd who is certified in dog handler protection, suspect apprehension, tracking and detection. narcotics for heroin, methamphetamine and cocaine.

In 2020, with the help of a local citizen, generous legal work donated by a leading local law firm and a leading local accounting firm, Hencratt was able to establish the Tehama County K9 Foundation , a Californian nonprofit corporation.

The specific purpose of the Tehama County K9 Foundation is to organize and lead a group of qualified volunteers to help support and train dogs for use by Tehama County Law Enforcement and to purchase the equipment and other accessories necessary for the breeding and training of these dogs.

“This goal is supported by generous donations from good citizens,” Hencratt added.

Hencratt was able to negotiate the purchase of Rogue from Modoc County for $10,000, with the unanimous support of the Tehama County K-9 Foundation Board of Directors to spend the funds and complete the deal.

The Tehama County Sheriff’s Office has recognized this as a unique opportunity to rehire Benson with his canine partner, which will kick-start the process of rebuilding the Sheriff’s Department program.

“I look forward to seeing Rogue and his partner, Sgt. Benson, hit the streets soon. They will also be at future K9 fundraising events,” Hencratt said.

Anyone interested in donating to the K-9 foundation, purchasing merchandise, or learning more about the foundation, can visit

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