Sheriff's Team of Active Retired Seniors (STARS)

The Sheriff's Team of Active Retired Seniors is a senior citizen volunteer program through the City of Lake Forest. It was founded in 1997 to assist the City and Lake Forest Police Services.


Some of the duties performed by the STARS are:

  • Assist Both Code Enforcement and Public Works.
  • Assist in Neighborhood Watch Programs.
  • Business Checks.
  • City Park Watch.
  • Clerical Support.
  • Radar Display Board Trailer.
  • Seniors Offering Support.
  • Special Events.
  • Vacation Home Checks.
  • Van Patrol.


  • Resident of the City (including Portola Hills and Foothill Ranch).
  • Must be willing to donate four to six hours a week.
  • Must possess a valid California Driver's License.
  • No criminal history.
  • Pass an initial physical exam prior to acceptance.
  • Provide a letter from their physician stating that the volunteer is currently in satisfactory health and can perform the duties required in the STARS program.

Hiring Process

The hiring process consists of the following:

  • Completion of a City employment application.
  • Providing a copy of a valid California Driver's License.
  • Completion of a STARS interest form.
  • Participation in an oral board interview, conducted by the STARS Program Coordinator and Community Policing Supervisor.
  • Successful completion of a background check including a criminal history check and a DMV check.
  • Completion of orientation and training program.