Wednesday, February 25, 2015
PLACERVILLE, CALIFORNIA
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Full-time law enforcement hits the Rubicon Trail

Rubicon Patrol

DEPUTY TIM PETERSON, of the El Dorado County Sheriff's Office, has been assigned patrol of the Rubicon Trail. Photo courtesy of El Dorado County Sheriff's Office

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 through California State Parks who also have park rangers patrolling the trail. With concerns that grant funding may diminish in the future, D’Agostini and El Dorado County District 3 Supervisor Jack Sweeney, both avid four-wheelers, worked closely to secure other sources of funding such as the Infrastructure Mitigation Fund provided by the Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD). When finalized, the fund will provide for continued seasonal patrol staffing of two deputies and the maintenance of their equipment.

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