Butte County Sheriff's Office
Sheriff Kory L. HoneaThe Sheriff’s Office serves all the citizens of Butte County by providing a mix of public safety and public service functions. The Sheriff’s Office provides around-the-clock law enforcement service to every region of the county. In addition to 24 hour policing, we offer Butte County citizens a full range of services including, coroner services, civil services, court security and corrections.






What is "S.T.A.R.S."?

The Butte County Sheriff’s Office S.T.A.R.S. volunteer program began in 1993 with a group of 16 senior volunteers. Since that time the program has blossomed into a team of 80 volunteers who are dedicated to serving their communities.

Initially, S.T.A.R.S. stood for the Sheriff’s Team of Active Retired Seniors. The minimum age has since been lowered to 45, and we are excited to announce that we are now opening this volunteer opportunity up to residents ages 21 and over. With this significant change comes an updated name; S.T.A.R.S. now stands for the Sheriff’s Team of Active Residents in Service.

STARS must be 21 years of age or older and must pass a background investigation in addition to attending a basic training academy. STARS volunteers are assigned to one of three areas, based on where they reside or choose to work: Oroville, Chico or Magalia.

STARS volunteers represent Butte County Sheriff’s Office in all volunteer related activities and are therefore expected to maintain a very high level of integrity. STARS volunteers assist BCSO deputies and personnel with routine tasks in many areas of the department. STARS volunteers also provide many services to the community including extra patrols, vacation checks, graffiti eradication, and crime prevention. STARS volunteers are an important part of BCSO’s ongoing effort to foster positive relationships between law enforcement and our community.

STARS volunteers are also called upon during emergency incidents, such as floods, fires and other natural disasters, to assist law enforcement personnel.




PATROL: The S.T.A.R.S. will patrol the unincorporated areas of Butte County in marked Sheriff's vehicles equipped with two-way radios and cellular telephones. Volunteers always work in teams of two, never alone. Patrol units take crime reports, perform daily home checks of citizens who are on vacation, pick up found property, assist with traffic control at an accident or other emergency, extra patrol school zones, and much more. If any suspicious activies are observed, the S.T.A.R.S. should back-off, radio the dispatch center as to the situation and wait for further instructions. S.T.A.R.S. are never asked to place themselves in dangerous situations.

VACATION CHECKS: The S.T.A.R.S. volunteers offer free home security checks to persons who are on vacation or away from their property.

GRAFFITI ERADICATION: S.T.A.R.S. members supervise citizens convicted of misdemeanor crimes and sentenced to the Sheriff’s Work Alternative program in the removal of graffiti. All graffiti is removed, with the property owner’s permission, within one week of it being reported or observed. Because of this program, graffiti in Butte County is almost non-existent.

OFFICE: Volunteers perform numerous duties in the office such as: answering phones, dispatching, performing basic clerical work, writing crime reports, assisting walk-in citizens and more.

CRIME PREVENTION: Volunteers assist with Neighborhood Watch, children's safety programs and community events.

EMERGENCIES: S.T.A.R.S. are on call to assist the Sheriff's Office or other law enforcement agencies when needed; i.e. floods, fires, or other natural disasters.

MISCELLANEOUS: The volunteers also assist the Records Division, work in Investigations and Evidence, and work with the Jail in the Work Alternative Program.

There are always plenty of new assignments available in a variety of areas. As we gain more volunteers, our involvement will continue to expand.


Find out how you, too, can make a difference. Contact us at our office nearest you:


33 County Center Drive
Oroville, CA 95965

479 East Park Avenue
Chico, CA 95928

14166 Skyway
Magalia, CA 95954

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Phone: 530.538.7321

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 Locations & Hours

Sheriff's Office
5 Gillick Way
Oroville, CA 95965

Chico Substation
479 E. Park Ave
Chico, CA 95928

Magalia Substation
14166 Skyway
Magalia, CA 95954

Office Hours:

Civil Division
M-Th - 8:00am to 4:30pm
F - 8:00am - 1:00pm

Records Division
M-F - 8:00am to 4:30pm