The deadline to apply to be a volunteer for the El Dorado County Sheriff's Office Sherrif's Team of Active Retirees is Friday, Aug. 17.
Qualified volunteers will become the eyes and ears in support of the department's volunteer program in community service. Those who are chosen will go through an intensive training academy.
To qualify for the STAR Program, one must be at least 50 years old, 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 of at least 16 hours of volunteer service monthly and must attend a required monthly Station Meeting, purchase their uniform and complete 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.
Academy training includes instruction and participation provided by experienced senior STARs, deputies, detectives, California Highway Patrol 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.
The training academy will be held Oct. 15-26, from 8 a.m. to noon, Monday through Friday, at the sheriff's office training facility in Placerville. Some days will have afternoon training for Driver Proficiency Evaluation, Central Dispatch Visitation and Accident-Scene Control. After graduation from the academy, volunteers will undergo post-academy field training, which will be conducted by experienced STARs, from Oct. 29 through Nov. 21 in county-wide patrol assignments.
All confirmed applicants will undergo a live-scan fingerprinting and background check between Sept. 24 and 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 Oct. 17 or 18.
For information or to apply, call the STAR office at 530-621-7545. Selected applicants will receive an acceptance letter with directions for an oral interview appointment to be held between Sept. 4 by Sept. 7, between 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.