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Sheriff opens two service stations in Tahoe

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Two new Placer County Sheriff’s ski resort service stations are now open. The stations were opened at no cost to the department through a partnership with Northstar and Squaw Valley ski resorts, according to Sheriff’s spokeswoman Dena Erwin. Last year, the Sheriff’s Office closed its Kings Beach, Carnelian Bay and Granite Bay service centers due to poor economic conditions. However, last year, Sheriff’s Tahoe Commander Capt. Jeffrey Granum worked with Northstar and Squaw Valley staff to fill empty commercial space with an increased law enforcement presence meant to deter thefts and misconduct. The centers also provide a pre-designated meeting point for lost-and-found property reports, theft reports, search-and-rescue operations and more. In addition, they allow patrol deputies to meet with the public on a more informal, friendly basis outside of their patrol cars. Northstar is a year-round recreation area with winter skiing, summer mountain bike and hiking opportunities. Sheriff’s staff will likely be present year-round also. The Northstar service center is located in a prime commercial retail location at the village adjacent to Starbucks and the ice skating rink. Squaw Valley will be a winter-only location, adjacent to the ski lifts and Truckee Tahoe Medical Group offices. The on-duty patrol staff will use the service centers when called to write reports and meet with the public. Community services officers and reserve deputies will initially staff the centers part-time. In the future, the department anticipates staffing with uniformed community volunteers. “The present economic challenges have enabled the Placer County Sheriff’s Department and the community to think outside of traditional business models to the advantage of people working, living in and visiting our beautiful resort destinations,” Granum said. “We look forward to the increased opportunities to be visible and helpful in the locations most beneficial to those that we serve.” ~ Staff report