Placer County Personnel Department

Deputy Sheriff - Trainee (#16300 )


$25.82-$25.82 hourly / $4,476.32-$4,476.32 monthly / $53,715.79-$53,715.79 yearly



DEFINITION

(Non-Safety)

To attend a course of study necessary to complete the Basic Peace Officer Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.) Academy to become a Peace Officer.


DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS

The Deputy Sheriff Trainee is a recruiting and training level classification established to qualify candidates for duties as a Deputy Sheriff I in the Placer County Sheriff's Department.  Incumbents of this class undergo a formal and comprehensive training program in a P.O.S.T. certified academy.  Incumbency in this class is limited to a period not to exceed twelve months and to those who have not completed the basic POST academy.  Positions in this class are distinguished from Deputy Sheriff I in that the Deputy Sheriff Trainee position is a non-sworn classification which has no police officer powers.  Upon satisfactory completion of the training and graduation from the academy, the trainee will be sworn in as a Deputy Sheriff I with full police powers.  Failure to successfully complete training as prescribed and therein graduation from the academy will result in termination.


SUPERVISION RECEIVED AND EXERCISED

Receives immediate supervision from supervisors and training staff.


EXAMPLES OF ESSENTIAL DUTIES

As a trainee, receive instructions and perform the following duties in a learning capacity:

  • Identification and utilization of principles and techniques that promote community service, crime prevention and appropriate behavior; enforcement and procedural aspects of criminal laws and the legal obligations inherent in enforcement of those laws.
  • Proficient application of the rules of evidence; effective and professional communication through written, oral and mechanical media.
  • Operation of an emergency vehicle which includes skid training, high speed pursuit, defensive driving and emergency driving; firearm training in order to learn good judgement and competency in the use of deadly force, ancillary police weaponry and weaponless defense.
  • Safely and effectively accomplish the patrol function consisting of patrolling a designated area of the County in a patrol car in order to preserve law and order and to prevent and discover the commission of crimes; effectively dealing with common vehicle violations by learning to recognize the violations, locating the violations in the Vehicle Code and safely and professionally contacting the violator.
  • Basic criminal investigation processes and techniques, including the identification, collection and preservation of evidence, courtroom testimony, witness interrogation.
  • Processing, confining and caring for adult and juvenile prisoners in such a manner as to protect the prisoner's rights and welfare.
  • Physical fitness and defense techniques program; first aid, including cardio-pulmonary resuscitation techniques; and other related course or programs as required.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

Experience and Training
Any combination of experience and training that would provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying.  A typical way to obtain the required knowledge and abilities would be:

Experience: No experience is required.

Training: Completion of the twelfth grade or G.E.D.

License or Certificate:
May need to possess a valid driverís license as required by the position.  Proof of adequate vehicle insurance and medical clearance may also be required.


KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES

Knowledge of:

  • No previously related law enforcement knowledge is necessary.

Ability to:

  • Acquire, through training, a knowledge of modern approved law enforcement principles, practices and procedures; state laws, local ordinances and first aid.
  • Write clearly, accurately, concisely, legibly and with correct English grammatical construction and spelling.
  • Demonstrate an aptitude for law enforcement work.
  • Understand and carry out oral and written instruction; observe, assimilate, remember, record and recall pertinent facts and details.
  • Learn standard broadcasting procedures of a radio system.
  • Apply selected knowledge (i.e., laws, statutes, court decisions, Department policies, criminal investigation theories, etc.) in collecting, organizing and analyzing diverse information in order to decide upon an appropriate and reasonable course of action.
  • Analyze problems and have the potential to rationally and calmly take appropriate action in emergency and stressful situations; exercise good judgement and make sound decisions within a variety of circumstances.
  • Plan and effectively present material to large and diverse groups of people.
  • Work courteously, but firmly, with the general public.
  • Work with various cultural and ethnic groups in a tactful and effective manner.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
  • Develop skill in the use of firearm and other law enforcement tools.
  • Undergo strenuous physical conditioning.


CLASS: 16300 EST: 9/2/1995 REV: