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STARS volunteers recognized for service to community

STARS volunteers recognized for service to community

Sheriff Adam Christianson and Hughson Police Chief Janet Rasmussen congratulate one of the department's STAR volunteers for her numerous hours of service.

POSTED December 4, 2010 12:19 a.m.

The Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department will be recognizing the men and women who volunteer their time through the STARS program at a special luncheon Thursday.

“Our STARS program is thriving,” said Sheriff Adam Christianson. “This group of dedicated adult citizens continually support our mission to keep the community safe. Their contributions to our department and all the citizens of Stanislaus County are truly commendable."

The STARS organization is comprised of 53 volunteers who are tasked with coordinating a variety of community events throughout the Stanislaus County region. Some of those functions include high school graduations, funeral escorts, county fairs, subpoena services, community parades, neighborhood watch programs and litter removal. Each volunteer undergoes background checks and formal training as a prerequisite to joining the program.  This year the volunteers were present at 74 different events in the county. According to the most recent statistics available, STARS members have volunteered over 11,800 hours through October. Those hours represent a cost savings of more than $200,000 or the equivalent of two full-time deputies, according to Christianson.To contact Sabra Stafford, e-mail or call 634-9141 ext. 2002.

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