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Officers will bust open textbooks

The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Department is going back to school.

At least, many officers in Lake Tahoe’s branch of the Sheriff’s Department will be, when classes at Lake Tahoe Community College resume next week. The Sheriff’s Department has entered into an agreement with the college in which local law enforcement officers – and some officers-in-training – will receive supplemental instruction at the college. The agreement makes the college a satellite training facility, with the Sheriff’s Department responsible for providing POST (Peace Officers’ Standards and Training) and STC (Standards and Training – Corrections) courses for Sheriff’s Department employees and employees of other law enforcement agencies.

Additionally, 15 percent of all seats in each class must be available to interested non-law enforcement trainees who satisfy course prerequisites (as outlined in Penal Code Section 832.3).

A memorandum of understanding between Lake Tahoe Community College, the Sheriff’s Department and El Dorado County was formerly approved on Tuesday at the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors meeting on Tuesday.

“The agreement allows the college to assist in officer’s training; it’s a valuable asset,” said Dave Solaro, the Fifth District Supervisor and former South Lake Tahoe Police Chief. “We did it when I was chief, and we found that it benefited both the department and the college. The college benefits by the added enrollment.”

The Sheriff’s Department is responsible for all expenses associated with each course – including instructor, classrooms and materials, and will collect an enrollment fee from each student. LTCC will reimburse the Sheriff’s Department $3.33 per student instructional hour.

Also Tuesday, the Board of Supervisors authorized a $25,000 expenditure for a size analysis for El Dorado County jail facilities at Placerville and South Lake Tahoe. The study will evaluate options for providing additional bunks, review the jail policy and procedure manual, and conduct a full staffing analysis.

The contract is capped at $25,000, although the Sheriff’s Department does not anticipate the cost actually going that high.

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