El Dorado County Sheriff's Office

Veterans victim to ‘pension poaching’

The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office has received information from the California Department of Justice regarding “pension poaching” — specifically related to military veterans. These incidents target the financial assistance offered through the Veterans Administration Aid and Attendance Program designed to assist veterans older that 65 years of age. Individuals posing as insurance agents, unpaid volunteers or […]

EDSO alert: Register now to receive emergency information

On Tuesday Sept. 15, the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office of Emergency Services, in conjunction with CodeRED, sent out more than 100,000 automated phone calls to El Dorado County residences and businesses encouraging them to register for emergency notifications at the website The CodeRED notification system will only be used by public safety officials during […]

Fireworks are illegal

Sheriff John D’Agostini wants to remind everyone that fireworks of any kind are illegal in El Dorado County. Any person caught possessing, transporting, purchasing, selling or even storing fireworks could be cited or arrested and booked into the El Dorado County Jail for violating the misdemeanor county ordinance. Illegal fireworks in El Dorado County even […]

Reverse 9-1-1 system available

The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office has the capability to utilize “Reverse 9-1-1.”  This means that the Sheriff’s Office can geographically choose a specific area to send out an emergency message to all businesses and residents within the area. This tool is only used for emergency purposes such as wild land fires or other hazards. […]

Brief lockdown at PHS

El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office Dispatch received a call regarding a male subject walking in the neighborhood south of Ponderosa High School’s Football Field. The subject was allegedly carrying a rifle. The on-duty school resource officer put Ponderosa High School on a “shelter in place” lockdown while deputies located the subject Nov. 19. Sheriff’s deputies […]

CERT Academy schedule released

As the deputy director of the El Dorado County Office of Emergency Services, Sheriff John D’Agostini is pleased to announce the schedule of the 2014 Community Emergency Response Team Academy. The Community Emergency Response Team Program educates people about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response […]

Sheriff taking back unwanted prescription drugs

On April 26 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sheriff John D’Agostini, along with the South Lake Tahoe Police Department and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, will give residents of El Dorado County another opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs. Bring […]

EDSO searching for robber

Sheriff John D’Agostini is seeking your help. The Sheriff’s Detectives need to identify a man responsible for two armed robberies. On Saturday, March 15, between 1 and 2 a.m., an unidentified man armed with a handgun entered a convenience store in the 3400 block of Coach Lane in Cameron Park. The man demanded money from […]

Be aware of avalanche danger

Sheriff John D’Agostini and the El Dorado County Office of Emergency Services along with the Sheriff’s Search and Rescue Unit want to remind all backcountry enthusiasts to be cautious of current avalanche conditions. As of this morning, avalanche conditions are being reported as considerable. This latest storm brought heavy wet snow, which adds to the […]

Winter brings renewed concerns to Henningsen Lotus

El Dorado County Parks and Trails and the Sheriff’s Office are requesting assistance from the public to ensure that this winter season brings peace instead of pilfering to county parks. Over the 2012 holidays, Henningsen Lotus Park was the victim of a copper theft that cost the county $40,000 to replace. The 600 feet of […]

Help EDSO catch burglars

Since the first of October there have been numerous homes burglarized in the Pollock Pines and Sly Park area stretching from Pollock Pines to Pleasant Valley. Many of these burglaries have been committed during the daylight hours, when the homeowners are away. Sheriff John D’Agostini’s detective section is working diligently to solve these crimes but […]

Preparing for cold weather

The National Weather Service predicts a cold weather system with freezing overnight temperatures moving into the area this week (Tuesday through Saturday). Sheriff John D’Agostini, along with the El Dorado County Health and Human Services Agency, Public Health Division, is asking residents to take steps now to prepare. Those especially at risk during extreme cold […]

At-risk juvenile missing

The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help in locating an At-Risk Runaway Juvenile, Juliet Riffey. Juliet ran away from her home in the Shingle Springs area during the night of Nov. 1. Juliet is a 15-year-old white female, 5-feet-2-inches tall, weighs 110 pounds, has dark blonde/brown hair, blue eyes, and […]

Sheriff’s captain appointed to Court Advisory Committee

In a letter dated Sept. 18, El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office Capt. Randy Peshon received notice of his appointment to the Judicial Council Collaborative Justice Courts Advisory Committee by Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye, chief justice of California and chair of the Judicial Council. Peshon was nominated for this prestigious position by El Dorado County Superior Court […]

National Drug Take Back Day Oct. 26

Sheriff John D’Agostini will be participating in the National Drug Take Back Day, promoted by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, by setting up collection stations on Saturday, Oct. 26. Many households may have unused or expired drugs and medications in their medicine cabinet. These drugs can become a safety hazard, placing children, teenagers and other […]

District 4 community meeting Oct. 23

The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office announced the fourth of five “We Work for You” community meetings. This meeting will be held for District 4, on Oct. 23 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Golden Sierra High School, located at 5101 Garden Valley Road in Garden Valley. Sheriff John D’Agostini, District 4 Supervisor Ron Briggs […]

Citizen’s Law Enforcement Academy starting Aug. 27

The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office is offering the Citizens Law Enforcement Academy. The academy will familiarize El Dorado County residents with many aspects of law enforcement and the role the Sheriff’s Office plays in the community. The Sheriff’s Office has instituted the concepts of Community Oriented Policing and Problem Solving (COPPS). The goal of […]

Sheriff advises residents dealing with hot weather

As deputy director of the El Dorado County Office of Emergency Services (OES), Sheriff John D’Agostini is working with El Dorado County Public Health officials to provide relief from the hot weather the county is experiencing. Recently, the El Dorado County Health and Human Services Agency in conjunction with the county Office of Emergency Services […]

College to expand program to Tahoe jail

In 2007 the El Dorado Sheriff’s Department formed a partnership with Lake Tahoe Community College to expand the college’s existing culinary arts program to the Sheriff’s Tahoe jail. Every year the inmates test their quality by entering the El Dorado County Fair in the Baking and Fiery Fair categories. Since 2007 the inmates have amassed […]

Don’t take any calls from ‘FBI agents’

The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office is currently investigating a new variation of phone scam that impersonates law enforcement. In this recent case, the caller portrayed himself as an FBI agent who claimed he has discovered you won a prize that was never awarded to you. The scammer then asks for money to be sent […]

SO and DEA plan Rx drug take-back day

The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office will be participating in the National Prescription Drug Take Back Day at three sites in El Dorado County on Saturday, April 27. Medicines that languish in home cabinets create a public health and safety concern because they are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse and abuse. Rates of prescription drug […]

It’s time to sign up for the Sheriff’s Office 2013 Citizen’s Academy

Sheriff John D’Agostini is pleased to announce the scheduling of the 2013 Citizen’s Academy for residents of El Dorado County. The academy is a great way to learn the many facets of the Sheriff’s Office. The courses provided during the academy are presented by Sheriff’s personnel who carry out the duties outlined in the course […]

Community Emergency Response Team Academy schedule announced

As the Deputy Director of the El Dorado County Office of Emergency Services, Sheriff John D’Agostini announced the schedule of the 2013 Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Academy. The Community Emergency Response Team Program educates people about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such […]

D’Agostini writes to veep: Sheriff defends Second Amendment

Vice President Joe Biden The White House 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW Washington DC 20501 Dear Mr. Vice President, I am the elected Sheriff of El Dorado County, California, and as such am sworn to support and defend the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of the State of California against all enemies, foreign and domestic. I […]

New Emergency Notification System

The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office — Office of Emergency Services has implemented a new Emergency Notification System to alert county residents about public health and public safety emergencies such as: • Evacuations due to wildfires • Hazardous material spills • Urgent law enforcement operations. Public health and safety related messages may be sent during […]

El Dorado County Sheriff’s Department offers safe holiday tips

The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office wishes for everyone to have a safe and enjoyable Holiday Season, and has the following safety tips to offer: – Do not drink and drive! – Do not leave presents visible in your parked car, while shopping. – Lock your doors and windows when you leave your house. – […]

Rubicon patrols gear down

With the changing weather the use of the Rubicon Trail will also change. The Off Highway Vehicle (OHV) season is winding down, but Sheriff John D’Agostini will continue to provide winter patrols on the trail as needs demand. “There will be limited and sporadic patrols through the winter,” said the Sheriff’s Office OHV Program supervisor, […]

Full-time law enforcement hits the Rubicon Trail

El Dorado County Sheriff John D’Agostini created a new position and assigned a full-time Deputy Sheriff to patrol the Rubicon Trail 40 hours every week during the OHV season. In the past, most of the staffing for the Rubicon Trail was on overtime, and was limited by grant funds. Limited funding comes from a grant […]

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