The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Department is looking for volunteers to join the Sheriff’s Team of Active Retirees, better known as STARs.
The team, which Sgt. Jim Byers called the department’s “eyes and ears” in a press release, “supports the department’s overall volunteer program in community service.”
Volunteers who qualify will be put through an “intensive training academy” at the Sheriff’sTraining Facility in Placerville from Oct. 15 through 26, from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m., Monday to Friday, “with selected days of afternoon training for Driver Proficiency Evaluation, Central Dispatch Visitation, and Accident-Scene Control.”
Post-academy field training will see experienced STARs training the new recruits from Oct. 29 to Nov. 21 in assignments that span across the county.
Training will be done by senior STARs, deputies, detectives, correctional officers, department administration and members of the CHP. The training will focus on “law-enforcement crime prevention and community support, with involvement in marked vehicle patrol units, vacation home checks, community events, traffic/parking control, radio communications, emergency response support, basic law-enforcement support, manning community substations (EL Dorado Hills and Pollock Pines), and basic office/clerical support,” the press release stated.
Anyone at least 50 years old with no criminal history, a good driving record and physical clearance from a doctor can apply for an interview to qualify.
STARs will have to work a mandatory 16 hours of volunteer service each month, attend a monthly station meeting, purchase a uniform, complete the training and 16 hours of post-academy field training and attend and complete the Sheriff’s Citizen’s Academy within 18 months of becoming a STAR.
Interested participants may contact the STAR Office 530-621-7545 for information and an application. Aug. 17 is the deadline.
Those selected will receive an acceptance letter with directions for an oral interview appointment from Sept. 4 through Sept. 7, between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., at the training facility on Broadway in Placerville.
Confirmed applicants will undergo live-scanning fingerprinting and a background check during the week of Sept. 24.
Providing a copy of the doctor’s clearance and a copy of the applicant’s DMV driving record are the responsibility of applicant, and a driver proficiency evaluation will be conducted by a member of the STAR Team, by appointment, on the afternoons of Oct. 17 and 18.