About the Placer County Sheriff’s
DepartmentThe Placer County
Sheriff’s Department is a full-service law enforcement agency that provides basic and advanced law enforcement to the
citizens of Placer County, California. According to the Placer County Sheriff’s Department,
“Patrol Division personnel are the first to respond to emergencies within the county. Patrol Deputies handle the enforcement
of criminal and vehicle code regulations, and investigate misdemeanors and felony crimes. Patrol Deputies are also responsible
for the enforcement of some of the County Code ordinances, including parking and snow removal violations.
The Patrol Division is staffed by approximately
120 uniformed officers and supervisors who provide 24-hour coverage through a three-shift system. Officers also work special
assignments including Motorcycle patrol, Bicycle patrol, Snowmobile patrol, Helicopter Patrol, Marine patrol, Canine, Explosives
Ordinance Disposal (E.O.D.), Special Enforcement Team (SWAT) and Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) Patrol resources
are directed to those areas of the County where specific crime trends are occurring. This type of directed patrol activity
has resulted in the apprehension of numerous criminals. Twelve canine officers and their dogs are used for the search of suspects,
missing persons and the location of evidence. Three of these canines specialize in narcotics detection.
The Investigations Division is
staffed by approximately 30 Detectives, supervisors and personnel where crimes against persons, youth services, property crimes,
and narcotics enforcement occur.
The Special Enforcement Team (S.E.T.) is a small group
of highly trained, specially equipped Deputies introduced into crisis situations to safely and efficiently resolve them.
The purpose of the Special Enforcement Team is to assist Sheriff's Department
personnel and allied agencies in high risk/crisis situations that occur throughout the county. Originally
formed in 1978 with six members, the team has grown to 19 members and continues to be a valuable asset to the Sheriff's
Department in resolving high risk situations. Although the team has several goals when activated, the primary
goal is the safety of all persons involved.
The mission of the Special Enforcement
Team varies from high risk search warrants, hostage situations, barricaded suspects, dignitary protection, crowd and riot
control, terrorist group actions, assist county narcotics teams, and to assist patrol and investigations with situations they
are not trained or equipped to handle. The Special Enforcement Team is also available and frequently used
for static displays at community functions, schools, fairs and other organizations.”