Discover the S.T.A.Rs (Sheriff’s Team of Active Retirees)

by Placerville Newswire / Jan 21, 2017 / comments

The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office would like to invite you to apply for the upcoming S.T.A.R. academy being held March 27-April 7th, 2017. The academy training hours are Monday-Friday from 8am – 12 noon. The academy will conclude with a formal uniformed graduation on Friday, April 7th, 2017.

S.T.A.R.s are the “eyes and ears” of the sheriff's office. They patrol El Dorado County in specially marked vehicles, check on homes while the owners are on vacation, assist with neighborhood watch and YANA (You Are Not Alone) programs. S.T.A.R.s also assist with parking and traffic control, as well as monitoring the area and “showing the colors" at community events.

To qualify for the S.T.A.R. program, applicants must be 50 years of age or older, have a good driving record, no criminal history, a physical clearance from a doctor, and pass an interview. Mandatory participation requirements are: Volunteer a minimum of 16 hours per month, attend monthly meetings, purchase a uniform, and attend the Sheriff’s Office Citizen’s Academy within 18 months of becoming a S.T.A.R.

Interested participants may contact the S.T.A.R. office at (530) 621-7545 for more information or download an application from the EDSO website. Application deadline is February 24, 2017.

-- Bret Preble, "I've been a STAR over two years now and it's been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. Made many new friends and served my community. I encourage anyone that is qualified to sign up. You will not be sorry!"