Sheriff’s Team of Active Retirees    

The El Dorado County Sheriff's Office began the S.T.A.R. program in 1994 with divisions in both Placerville and South Lake Tahoe.  A S.T.A.R. is a senior volunteer who assists the El Dorado County Sheriff's Office with crime prevention and other programs, at the direction of the Sheriff.  S.T.A.R. members are not law enforcement officers and do not participate in making arrests or carrying weapons.  S.T.A.R.s perform essential duties allowing deputies in the field more time to spend on patrol services.

As a S.T.A.R. member with the El Dorado County Sheriff's Office, you are the “eyes and ears” of the department and within the community.  A S.T.A.R. conducts patrol duties such as checking on vacation homes as requested by the owner to deter and detect crime, bike patrol during the summer, and foot patrol at ski resorts in the winter.  S.T.A.R. members are also involved in our community in a variety of programs such as C.A.P.E. (Citizen Advocates for the Protection of the Elderly).  The C.A.P.E. program consists of S.T.A.R. volunteers visiting homebound and/or disabled adults in our community that may not receive much or any other visitation from other people.  Some of the other S.T.A.R. activities are educational booths at the South Lake Tahoe Air Show and the Fire Festival each year.  The S.T.A.R.s volunteer each year to support the Drug Store Project, the Art Festival, and the Every 15 minutes Drunk Driver Program.

The S.T.A.R.s have been trained to conduct FREE disaster preparation training in your home.  During this visit the S.T.A.R.s will talk about how to make your disaster preparation kit to include how to take care of your pets in a disaster.

Qualifications to become a S.T.A.R Volunteer

  • Be a person of good moral standards.

  • Valid California driver’s license.

  • Pass a background check and fingerprint clearance.

  • Be willing to donate 16 hours per month.

Candidates will attend a 2 week training academy (3 hours per day) conducted by Sheriff Department deputies.  Some of the 2 weeks training classes are STAR procedures, safe driving procedures, tour of county jail facility, tour of Sheriff’s Office in Placerville, detection and crime prevention awareness, drugs and alcohol awareness, STAR patrol techniques, radio procedures, traffic safety with the California Highway Patrol, and weapons awareness.

If you are interested in joining the S.T.A.R. program or need information about any of the services that they provide, please contact the STAR Coordinator for the location at which you wish to volunteer:

Placerville STARS Coordinator: Lori Hartfield, (530) 621-5111 or

Placerville S.T.A.R. Application

South Lake Tahoe STARS Coordinator: Dep. Greg Almos, (530) 573-3005 or

South Lake Tahoe S.T.A.R Application

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