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DuPage County Sheriff

John E. Zaruba

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Programs and Services


S.T.A.R. Volunteers (Sheriff's Trailwatchers Are Responding)

Sheriff John Zaruba is looking for a few good men and women to join the S.T.A.R.  program. Volunteers are asked to be watchful while they are out enjoying the Prairie Path or Great Western Trail, assist trail users and report any suspicious activity to police.

Who can volunteer to be a trailwatcher?

  • Anyone who uses the county trail system is eligible to become a member of S.T.A.R. Applicants must:
  • Be over the age of 21, or have permission from a parent or guardian
  • Pass a background investigation
  • Be willing to participate in a short training class
  • Fill out an application form

How does the program work?

Volunteers are not asked to spend any more time than they normally would on the Prairie Path or Great Western Trail, but are asked to act as another level of safety and security while using the paths.

Volunteers are trained to offer assistance to trail users and to alert police by calling 911 if they see anything, or anyone, suspicious.

After completing training, volunteers are provided with a distinctive t-shirt to wear while walking the paths so the public may easily identify them if they need help. Volunteers who so desire will also be provided with a cellular telephone to carry with them while they walk. The cell phone is programmed to dial 911 and connect directly to the Sheriff's Office for immediate emergency response, but cannot make or receive any other calls.

How do I apply?

An application form is available online for your convenience.

After printing the form, fill it out completely and mail to:

DuPage County Sheriff's Office
Sheriff's Trail Watcher Program
501 N. County Farm Rd
Wheaton IL 60187

You may also fax the form to 630.407.2013. For further information, please call the Community Resource Unit at 630.407.2317.