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Become a sheriff’s STAR

By From page A4 | July 18, 2012

Join the Sheriff’s Team of Active Retirees ranks for the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office. The department is looking for qualified volunteers who will become the “eyes and ears” in support of the department’s overall volunteer program in community service.

Those qualifying will participate in an intensive training academy, Oct. 15-26. Academy training hours are from 8 a.m. to noon, Monday through Friday, with selected days of afternoon training for driver proficiency evaluation, central dispatch visitation and accident-scene control. Following successful completion and graduation from the training academy, post-academy field training will be conducted by qualified and experienced STARs, Oct. 29 through Nov. 21 in county-wide patrol assignments.

Academy training is diversified with instruction and interactive participation provided by experienced senior STARs, deputies, detectives, CHP officers, correctional officers and department administration. Training focuses 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.

To qualify for the STAR program one must be at least 50 years of age, have no criminal history, a good driving record, physical clearance from a doctor and pass an oral interview board. All STARs will have a mandatory commitment to a minimum of 16 hours of volunteer service monthly, attend a required monthly station meeting, purchase their uniform, satisfactory completion of the training academy and 16 hours of post-academy field training. Participants are required to attend and complete the sheriff’s Citizen’s Academy within 18 months of becoming a STAR.

The STAR Training Academy will be conducted at the Sheriff’s Office Training Facility located in Placerville. Interested participants may contact the STAR office at (530) 621-7545 for information and an application. Application deadline is Aug. 17.

Selected applicants will receive an acceptance letter with directions for an oral interview appointment to be held Sept. 4-7, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the training facility on Broadway in Placerville.

All confirmed applicants will undergo a live-scan fingerprinting and background check during the week of Sept. 24-28. The doctor’s clearance and a copy of the applicant’s DMV driving record are the responsibility of the applicant. Driver proficiency evaluation will be conducted by a STAR team, by appointment, on the afternoons of Oct. 17 & 18.

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