Aug 01, 2022

Deputy Sheriff Recruit

  • Sacramento County Sheriff
  • Sacramento, CA, USA
  • $65,000 - $75,000 yearly
Full time Government Human Resources Law Enforcement

Job Description

The testing process consists of a Training and Experience Evaluation Exam. Applicants' relevant experience, education and training will be evaluated based solely upon responses to the Supplemental Questionnaire and the T-score achieved on the Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) Entry-Level Law Enforcement Test Battery (PELLETB). Applicants are encouraged to take the PELLETB and receive the results (T-score) prior to submitting an application. Information about where to take the PELLETB is included in this announcement.

Under close supervision, the Deputy Sheriff Recruit participates in a basic law enforcement training program including the Sacramento Sheriff’s Office State of California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) approved Basic Academy.

Examples of Knowledge and Abilities

Knowledge of

  • Applicable laws, rules and regulations related to law enforcement activities*
  • Office procedures, methods, and equipment including computers and applicable software applications such as word processing, spreadsheets, databases, and other specialized applications related to area of assignment*
  • Basic arithmetic (i.e., addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, decimals, percentages, ratios, and fractions)*
  • English usage, spelling, grammar, and punctuation*
  • Principles of effective customer service*
  • Public and private community resources and programs*
  • Techniques for communicating and working with a variety of individuals from various socio-economic, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds*
Ability to
  • Read and understand departmental policies, rules, instructions, laws and ordinances and general literature pertaining to law enforcement activities
  • Learn principles and practices of community based policing*
  • Learn radio procedures*
  • 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
  • Use interview and interrogation  in order to obtain useful, accurate, and truthful information from victims, witnesses, officers, and other persons*
  • Understand and follow written and verbal direction
  • Keep accurate records and prepare clear, concise, and understandable reports
  • Make arithmetical computations rapidly and accurately
  • Learn the use and care of small firearms
  • Learn principles of human behavior including people under physical, psychological, and social stress*
  • Establish and maintain cooperative and* effective working relationships with co-workers, other agencies, community groups, and the general public*
  • Communicate effectively with persons from a variety of socio-economic, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds*
  • Deal tactfully and courteously with the public*
  • Maintain persistence and self-control*
  • State factual information objectively*
  • Show compassion and empathy for others*
  • Read, write, and speak English at a level necessary for satisfactory job performance

Employment Qualifications

Either:  Graduation from high school.
Or:        Satisfactory completion of an acceptable General Education Development (GED) test.

Note: If the minimum qualifications include an educational or certificate/license requirement, applicants must submit proof of requirements with the application. Failure to submit proof of requirements may result in disqualification from the examination. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable. For guidelines on submitting acceptable proof of educational requirements, please click here (Download PDF reader) or speak to someone in our office before the cut-off date listed in this notice.


Compliance with Government CodeIncumbents appointed to this class shall meet the minimum standards set forth in California Government Code, Section 1031.
Criminal History and Background CheckThe County shall 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 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 POST 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 RequirementA of a valid California driver license, Class C or higher, shall be required prior to appointment to this class.  Failure to maintain the appropriate license, or comply with state and federal requirements for utilization, may constitute cause for personnel action in accordance with Civil Service Rules or applicable bargaining agreement.  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.
Physical RequirementsPositions in this class require the incumbent to:  
  • Be able to meet medical standards as prescribed by POST and detailed in the POST Medical Screening Manual.
  • Possess sufficient physical ability to perform the full scope and functions of a Peace Officer per Government Code 1031 (f).
    1. Usual and customary duties shall include all the requirements specified in Government Code Section 1031, including but not limited to the ability to frequently use physical force to restrain, defend against, or arrest uncooperative/combative persons, drag lift a 160 pound person, and to be able to run, jump, and climb in emergency situations. 
  • Achieve a minimum standard in the use of a firearm.
Individuals who do not meet these requirements due to disability will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
Working ConditionsPositions 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.
  • Work outside in all types of climatic conditions including inclement or very hot weather.
  • Be exposed to hazardous situations such as exposure to explosives, physically violent individuals, and contagious pathogens.
  • Wear and maintain a designated Sacramento Sheriff’s Office uniform.

Probationary Period
 The probationary period for this classification is twelve (12) months.

*Significant additions/changes pending Board of Supervisors approval

Application and Testing Information

Qualified applicants are encouraged to apply immediately. All applicants must complete and submit an online County of Sacramento employment application by 5:00 PM on the posted cut-off date. Click here to apply.
 County of Sacramento
 Department of Personnel Services
 Employment Services Division
 700 H Street, Room 4667
 Sacramento, CA 95814
 Phone (916) 874-5593; 7-1-1 California Relay Service

 Inter-Office Mail Code: 09-4667

  • Employment applications and all documentation requested in this announcement must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. on the cut-off date. 
  • Employment Services is not responsible for any issues or delays caused by an applicant's computer or web browser. Applicants will be automatically logged out if they have not submitted their applications and all documentation prior to 5:00 p.m. on the cut-off date.
  • Your application should highlight all relevant education, training, and experience, and clearly indicate how you meet the minimum qualifications for the position as of the cut-off date.
  • Application information must be current, concise and related to the requirements in this job announcement. You may only apply for this recruitment once. Duplicate and incomplete applications will be disqualified.
  • A resume may be included with your application, however it will not substitute for the information requested on the application.
Applicants are required to provide a full and complete response to each supplemental question. The Supplemental Questionnaire is located in the tab marked "Supplemental Questions". Please be descriptive in your response.
 Note: Responses of "See Resume" or "See Application", or copy and paste of work experience are not qualifying responses and will not be considered.
  • Supplemental Questionnaires must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. on the cut-off date. Employment Services is not responsible for any issues or delays caused by an applicant's computer or web browser. Applicants will be automatically logged out if they have not submitted their applications and all documentation prior to 5:00 p.m. on the cut-off date.
  • The supplemental questions are designed to elicit specific information regarding a candidate's experience, education, and training. Responses should be consistent with the information on your application and are subject to verification.
  • Please provide place of employment, pertinent dates, and concise, descriptive and detailed information for each question.
  • If a job included responsibilities applicable to several questions, separate the different functions of the job to answer all the questions completely.
  • Resumes or referral to the application or other questionnaire responses will not be accepted in lieu of completing each question.
  • If you have no experience, write "no experience" for the appropriate question.
  • For many individuals, it is more efficient to develop responses to the supplemental questions in a word processing document and then paste them into the final document to be submitted. Changes or corrections to your Supplemental Questionnaire cannot be made once your application packet has been submitted.
  • If the Supplemental Questionnaire is used in the Formula Rate exam, failure to complete all of the questions or incomplete responses will result in a lower score. While scoring the Supplemental Questionnaire, the candidate's application and/or attachments will not be reviewed, therefore, a candidate's responses to the questions should be accurate, thorough, detailed, and complete.
All candidates meeting the minimum qualifications by the cut-off date will have their Supplemental Questionnaire scored in the Formula Rate Examination.
 This examination will evaluate the relevance, level, recency, progression and quality of candidate's education, training and experience. The candidate's application or other materials will not be included in this examination. Therefore, the candidate's responses to the supplemental questionnaire should be thorough, detailed and complete. The score from the Formula Rate Examination will determine the ranking on the eligible/employment list for this job.
 All candidates competing in the testing process will receive written notice of their examination results by email. Notices can also be accessed in their inbox. Applicants achieving a passing score will be placed on the eligible list in rank order. The rank is determined by the test score attained from the examination.
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