Sergeant Backus began his Law Enforcement career in 2010 with the Trinity County Sheriff’s Office. While employed with Trinity County he served as a Correctional Officer, Dispatcher and Reserve Deputy Sheriff.
In 2014 he went to the Shasta County Marshal’s Office where he worked as a Bailiff. While primarily assigned to a trail court, he also worked in traffic court and family courtrooms.
In 2016 he was hired as a Deputy Sheriff assigned to the Patrol Division for the Tehama County Sheriff’s Office and in 2022, he was promoted to the rank of Sergeant within the Patrol Division. In 2018 he was presented the Live Saving award for his actions on a traffic accident that he came upon, ultimately saving the life of a 17-year-old.
Sergeant Backus is currently assigned to the Crisis Negotiations Team as the Team Leader, Sheriff’s Honor Guard, a Terrorism Liaison Officer and the Tehama County Explorer Post Coordinator. His past assignments include being the City of Tehama Dedicated Area Deputy and Field Training Officer.