Community Revitalization &
Lathrop Police Services
Reserve Peace Officer Program
Search & Rescue
Does the Sheriff
operate a BICYCLE PROGRAM like city police departments?
Yes. Recently equipped through a generous
donation from Alex G. Spanos of Stockton, the Sheriff's
Office Specialized Enforcement Team operates on state of
the art Specialized brand Rock Hopper bicycles.
Enforcement is conducted in partnership with the
community and the SAFE NEIGHBORHOOD task force.
Why do you have a BOATING
The Boating Safety Unit operates 365 days a year,
providing law enforcement services to residents living on
700+ miles of rivers and waterways. During the summer
months, they provide service to the additional
tens-of-thousands of fishermen and boaters who visit and
recreate in the Delta. They enforce penal code and
boating safety laws, including vigorously pursuing and
prosecuting Boating Under the Influence (BUI) violators.
Through aggressive enforcement of
this law, this six person unit (assisted in the summer by
reserves) has made the San Joaquin Delta a safe and
enjoyable destination for boating vacationers.
COMMUNITY REVITALIZATION &
Operated in conjunction with
Community Development and other County agencies, the
revitalization unit helps citizens reclaim their
neighborhood from gangs, criminals and others who tend to
destroy the vitality of the community. Empowered to
enforce a variety of laws, the civilians and officers
assigned to this unit do everything possible (even
including bulldozing condemned buildings) to help
citizens to once again enjoy their communities without
fear of gangs, reprisals, or on-going crimes.
What does C.O.P.P.S.
C.O.P.P.S. is an acronym for
Community Oriented Policing and Problem Solving. This
philosophy of crime reduction has been in use for over
ten years and was expanded from the Community Car concept
in 1994 to include all of Patrol division. Community
policing is an interactive process involving deputies
with citizens who live and work in the area the deputies
patrol. Through problem solving strategies, citizens and
officers working together can identify underlying causes
of crime and solutions can be developed to abate the
Does the Sheriff's Department
have a CRIME PREVENTION unit or program?
The Sheriff's Department has one of the oldest crime
prevention programs in the state. With the basic belief
that citizens are the best crime prevention officers
available, the department assists Neighborhood Watch
captains, school and community leaders, and other
interested persons by providing experts in crime
prevention for presentations in the community.
Does the Sheriff maintain a
Reserve Peace Officer Program?
The Reserve Peace Office program is comprised of
three units; the Air Patrol, Horse Posse and Patrol
Reserves. To join a reserve unit the department requires
potential candidates to first graduate from P.O.S.T.
approved peace officer training. This consists of a
minimum 640 hours of training. Once graduated, the
candidate submits an application and goes through a
screening process. If accepted, a background
investigation is conducted, consisting of personal
history, polygraph, medical (including drug screening)
and a psychological test. Passing all of that (!) gives
the candidate probationary status in a Field Training
Program in Patrol Division. Successful completion of
training gives the reserve opportunity to work a variety
of assignments throughout the department. Although the
position does not monetarily compensate you, uniforms and
equipment are provided and you will have the satisfaction
of knowing you are providing a valuable service to your
community. Contact Reserve Coordinator, Sgt. J. Leberman at (209)
468-5190 for an application or further
What is LATHROP
The City of Lathrop incorporated in 1989. Prior to
that, the Sheriff's Office provided law enforcement
services to the community. In 1990 the City of Lathrop
contracted with the Sheriff's Department to continue
providing law enforcement services, (in lieu of the city
starting its own police department). Deputies assigned to
Lathrop volunteer to do so for a minimum of three years.
They receive specialized training in vehicle code,
traffic investigation and other situations indicative of
policing a city. Lathrop Police Services also teaches
D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) courses to
primary grade children in the community schools.
What is that BIG BUS I see on the road marked
Actually the Sheriff's Office has several buses
operating in the County. Many you see belong to the
Community Corp Program, which utilizes inmates to clean
roads and other public owned facilities. Court Services
and Transportation Division (CSTD) operates two buses and
several vans to transport detainees to and from courts in
the county. BUT, the BIG BUS is M.L.E.C. (the Mobile Law
Enforcement Coach). This bus, bought and built entirely
with funds seized from drug dealers, is operated by
S.T.A.R.S. volunteers and responds within an hour, 24
hours a day, to any call for service from a department
supervisor. It provides full communication facilities
(radio, cell phone, fax, computer, thermal imaging, etc.)
at search & rescue sites or crime scenes. It also is
seen at many community events and has won numerous awards
for its innovation and design.
What type of SEARCH
services does the Sheriff's Office have?
Currently in the development
stages, the Search & Rescue unit is operated through
the Boating Safety office. The unit includes Civilian and
sworn staff, and can respond to lost or missing persons,
drownings, natural disasters or other circumstances as
determined by the on duty sheriff's supervisors.
Presently the capabilities include off-road (4X4 and
motorcycle), horses, airplanes, helicopters, and divers.
Training is underway to establish response time within
one hour 24 hours a day to any circumstance where their
expertise could be helpful in bringing a quick and
successful conclusion to the incident.
What is the STARS
program all about?
STARS is a acronym
Team Active Retired Seniors.
here for more information.