Under supervision, the Deputy Sheriff performs law enforcement duties to protect life and property and to preserve law and order, and to perform related work as required.
Deputy Sheriff is the journey level class for law enforcement positions in the Sheriff’s Department. Incumbents are armed peace officers pursuant to Penal Code Section 830.1. Incumbents must have completed, or be currently enrolled in a State of California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.) approved Basic Academy. Incumbents perform the full range of duties including patrol, crime investigations, supervision and control of inmates, court services, or specialized activities such as training, burglary prevention, and community liaison, depending on the assignment.
Examples of Knowledge and Abilities
Federal, State, and County codes and ordinances relating to law enforcement
Modern principles and procedures of law enforcement work
Court and evidence procedures
Court decisions affecting law enforcement practices
Read and understand departmental policies, rules, instructions, laws and ordinances and general literature pertaining to law enforcement activities
Analyze and interpret legal codes, police problems and criminal evidence
Adopt quick, effective and reasonable courses of action, giving due regard to surrounding hazards and circumstances of each situation
Develop keen powers of observation
Obtain information through interview and interrogation
Understand and follow written and oral direction
Keep accurate records and prepare clear, concise and understandable reports
Make arithmetical computations rapidly and accurately
Learn the use and care of a variety of weapons, including small firearms
Establish and maintain effective working relationships as necessitated by work assignments
Read, write and speak English at a level necessary for satisfactory job performance
Graduation from high school or satisfactory completion of an acceptable General Education Development (GED) test;
Either: 1. Possession of a State of California Peace Officer Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.) Basic Certificate.
Or: 2. Satisfactory completion of a P.O.S.T. Basic Academy.
Or: 3. Current enrollment in a P.O.S.T. Basic Academy.
NOTE: Applicants qualifying under pattern (1) must submit a copy of the P.O.S.T. Basic Certificate with the application. If a period of three years has elapsed since employment as a full-time peace officer in California, successful completion of the California Basic Course Equivalency Examination administered by P.O.S.T. will be required before employment.
Applicants qualifying under pattern (2) must submit a copy of a certificate of completion from a P.O.S.T. Basic Academy with the application. If a period of three years has elapsed since Academy graduation, successful completion of the California Basic Course Equivalency Examination administered by P.O.S.T. will be required before employment.
Applicants qualifying under pattern (3) must submit a copy of an official document showing current Academy enrollment. Satisfactory completion of the Academy will be required before employment.
The three year time period in (1) and (2) of the above patterns is computed from the last day of the last applicable full-time paid law enforcement employment and the date of appointment in this class.
Compliance with Government Code: In accordance with California Government Code, Section 1031, each employee shall meet the following minimum standards:
Be a citizen of the United States or a permanent resident alien who is eligible for and has applied for citizenship. Any permanent resident alien shall be disqualified from holding a position if his or her application for citizenship is denied.
Be at least 18 years of age.
Be fingerprinted for purposes of search of local, state, and national fingerprint files to disclose any criminal record. In addition, a classifiable set of fingerprints shall be furnished to the Department of Justice and to the Federal Bureau of Investigations.
Be found to be free from any physical, emotional, or mental condition which might adversely affect the exercise of the powers of a peace officer. For purposes of this section, a medical examination, including psychological screening, shall be required prior to appointment.
Criminal History and Background Check: The County may access criminal history information on candidates who have accepted a conditional offer of appointment for this class consistent with the provisions of Board of Supervisors’ Resolution No. 82-602, Personnel Policies and Procedures B-5, and applicable federal and state laws. The County shall not consider for employment any candidate who has been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor that relates to or impacts the candidate’s ability to perform the job duties of this class unless it is determined that mitigating circumstances exist. For purposes of accessing criminal history information, the candidate will be fingerprinted. A subsequent arrest notification may be obtained.
The County may also conduct a background check on the candidate prior to appointment to a position within this class. The background check may include personal and professional reference checks, credit history checks, Social Security Number verification, professional license/registration verification, military service information and driving history. Information obtained in the course of this background check will be considered by the appointing authority in the selection process. In obtaining such information, the County will comply with applicable consent and disclosure practices in the Fair Credit Reporting Act and the California Investigative Consumer Reporting Agencies Act.
The background check, including Computerized Voice Stress Analyzer (CVSA) examination, and psychological and physical examinations shall be conducted according to P.O.S.T. specifications. Pursuant to CA Government Code, Section 1029, the conviction of a felony is grounds for disqualification from an appointment except if the individual has been granted a full and unconditional pardon for the felony.
License Requirement: Possession of a valid California driver license, Class C or higher, is required prior to appointment to this class. Failure to maintain a valid license may constitute cause for personnel action. Individuals who do not meet this requirement due to a physical disability will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Employees in this class who, as a part of their regularly assigned duties are required to operate a motor vehicle may be enrolled in the DMV Pull Notice Program.
Some assignments may require the possession of a Class B license or other endorsements. Employees in this class who are placed in safety-sensitive assignments will be subject to random drug and alcohol testing under County Policy J-7 Drug and Alcohol Testing Program.
Physical Requirements: Positions in this class require the incumbent to:
Be able to meet medical standards as prescribed by P.O.S.T. and detailed in the P.O.S.T. Medical Screening Manual
Possess sufficient physical ability to perform the full scope and functions of the job, including the ability to climb barriers, jump obstacles, and perform strenuous physical activities and control resisting subjects with a minimum of force necessary to effect an arrest.
Individuals who do not meet these requirements due to disability will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
Working Conditions: Positions in this class require the incumbent to:
Work various shifts to provide 24-7 coverage, including nights, weekends and holidays.
Work in a detention facility and be in direct contact with inmates.
Be potentially exposed to hazardous materials including bodily fluids.
Work in hot or cold conditions for extended periods of time.
Wear and maintain a designated Sheriff’s Department uniform; including department issued safety equipment such as a duty/gun belt, ballistic vest, respirator, etc.
Probationary Period The probationary period for this classification is twelve (12) months.
Additional Salary Information: Range A - $6,218.76 - $7,937.92/month
Range B - $8,750.46/month
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