Rangers Randy Lewis and Will Safford survey fire damage on the American River Parkway.
For a second consecutive year, Regional Parks will be adding rangers to its force to assure public safety and maintain the parks. Two rangers were added last year and four new positions have been approved by the Sacramento County Board of Supervisors bringing the total count of rangers to twenty.
“Regional Parks has done a great job during the tough economic times and taken every opportunity to maintain service levels and generate revenue where possible,” stated County Executive Bradley J. Hudson. “
Rangers patrol 15,000 acres including 32 recreation areas. Adding these new rangers “allows us to have more patrol resources in the American River Parkway and provides additional response services to the many other recreation areas we manage,” stated Jeff Leatherman, Regional Parks Director.
“Having a ranger presence is critical to public safety and is a high priority issue for the many runners, cyclists and recreationalists who frequent the parks. We will use the additional resources to address ongoing community concerns including illegal camping, off leash dogs and trail safety.”
Regional Parks Rangers have full peace officer authority under the California Health and Safety Codes and are accredited law enforcement personnel through the Peace Officer Standards and Training certification.
New Rangers can be recent graduates from accredited training facilities or those with prior peace officer experience. Rangers enforce the laws applicable to Regional Parks, specific County ordinances, and California Vehicle, Penal and Health & Safety Codes within all County Regional Parks.
Interested applicants should contact the Department of Regional Parks at (916) 875-PARK.