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Deputy Sheriff - I

Recruitment #2013-16321-01

Salary:$26.56 - $27.91/hour; $4,603.92 - $4,838.31/month
Job Type: Open
Date Opened:5/10/2013 12:00:00 PM
Filing Deadline:5/17/2013 5:00:00 PM
Employment Type: Permanent/Full Time (40 hrs/week)
Permanent/Part Time (less than 40 hrs/week)
Temporary/Extra Help
Work Location: Tahoe Area (Carnelian Bay, Kings Beach, Tahoe City, Tahoe Vista, Truckee)
Auburn Area (Applegate, Auburn, Colfax, Foresthill, Meadow Vista, Penryn)
South Placer (Granite Bay, Loomis, Lincoln, Rocklin, Roseville)
HR Analyst: Jennifer Duvall

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This is a limited recruitment. This recruitment will remain open until either the first 250 applications†have been†submitted or until the filing deadline, whichever occurs first.


Deputy Sheriff's are utilized in locations throughout Placer County, and their work assignments include: patrol, investigations, corrections, and court services.† Deputy Sheriff's may be eligible for the following incentives:

- P.O.S.T. Certificate Pay (5% for Intermediate and 5% for Advanced)
- Education Incentive ($50 per pay period for AA/AS, $75 per pay period for BA/BS, or $100 per pay period for MA/MS)
- Night Shift Differential (7.5%)
- Uniform Allowance ($1,065 annually for Auburn assignments or $1,215 for Tahoe assignments)
- Tahoe Subsistence Pay ($675 monthly for Tahoe assignments)
- Other pays/incentives depending on assignment

In order to be eligible for this recruitment,†applicants must have completed the CA P.O.S.T. Certified Basic course or currently be enrolled in a Level 1 academy.


To perform law enforcement and crime prevention work within a variety of assignments including to patrol assigned area and enforce State and local laws, to conduct investigations of misdemeanor and felony crimes, to supervise inmates in correctional facilities and to ensure court security.


This is the entry level class in the sworn Deputy Sheriff series.† This class is distinguished from the journey level by the performance of the more routine tasks and duties assigned to positions within this series.† Employees at this level are not expected to perform with the same independence of direction and judgement on matters allocated to the journey level.† Since this class is used as a training class, employees may have only limited or no directly related work experience.† Employees work under immediate supervision while learning job tasks.

Progression from this class is dependent upon continuing acquisition and development of knowledge, techniques and skills in law enforcement work. This class is distinguished from Deputy Sheriff Trainee in that the Trainee is a training class for incumbents who have not completed the California P.O.S.T. Basic Academy.


Receives immediate supervision from a Sergeant and technical and functional supervision from a Field Training Officer or other designated sworn personnel.


Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Maintain law and order within the County by performing law enforcement activities in a variety of assignments.
  • When assigned to patrol, patrol an assigned area by motor vehicle, on foot, or by other designated means to answer calls for the protection of life and property and the enforcement of County and state laws; conduct both preliminary and follow-up investigations of disturbances, prowlers, burglaries, thefts, robberies, death and other criminal incidents; direct traffic and detain drivers who are operating vehicles in violation of laws; issue citations and make arrests as necessary.
  • When assigned to investigations, investigate major crimes against property and persons, in addition to narcotics and vice-related crimes; conduct extensive follow-up investigation at the scene of crimes and accidents; gather evidence; conduct surveillance; locate and question witnesses; take statements from witnesses; present information to the District Attorney's office for filing charges; and appear in court, as directed.
  • When assigned to court security, maintain safety and security for all personnel in the courtroom; act as bailiff in courtroom; transfer inmates to and from the courts and correctional facilities; search individuals entering the court when necessary; at all times, monitor all courtroom activities to anticipate any safety concerns; assist other courtroom personnel in ensuring smooth operation of the courtroom.
  • When assigned to civil division, serve civil and criminal subpoenas, summons, complaints, executions, attachments and court orders; interview witnesses, neighbors or other persons to gather information for investigations or the service of legal documents; determine daily geographical route and item schedule to maximize the service of legal documents.
  • When assigned to correctional facilities, receive, search, book, fingerprint and guard prisoners in the jail or other prisoner holding facilities; supervise prisoners at work, in transport, during visit conferences and other activities; prepare prisoners for court, visits from attorneys and for the prisoner's transfer and release; transport prisoners between the jail and the courts.
  • When assigned to civil division, serve legal papers such as subpoenas, summonses, complaints and writs of attachment, execution and restitution; serve warrants and make arrests; prepare, process and maintain necessary files, documents and reports; perform other work related to the processing of misdemeanor and felony complaints.
  • Make arrests as necessary; interview victims, complainants and witnesses; interrogate suspects; gather and preserve evidence; testify and present evidence in court.
    Gather evidence using a variety of methods and techniques, including taking photographs, lifting fingerprints, tracing movements and talking with informants.
  • Serve warrants and subpoenas; file complaints; perform other work related to the processing of misdemeanor and felony complaints.
  • Prepare detailed reports on all activities; write reports on arrests, traffic violations, inmate conflicts, impounded property and other situations; maintain Departmental records and files when necessary.
  • Receive and investigate complaints of violations by or against juveniles; confer with juveniles and their parents; prepare citations for Juvenile Court.
  • May be assigned to canine patrol duty.
  • Conduct searches in snow conditions.
  • Check buildings for physical security; report street lamps or traffic signals that are not working; report or remove traffic hazards and report and take corrective action on other conditions detrimental to the general public.
  • Contact and cooperate with other law enforcement agencies in matters relating to the apprehension of offenders and the investigation of offenses.
  • Attend meetings with civic groups; participate in and conduct
    public awareness/education programs at schools.
  • Maintain contact with citizens regarding potential law enforcement problems and preserve good relationships with the general public.
  • Substantiate findings in court; testify when necessary in court.
  • Build and maintain positive working relationships with co-workers, other County employees and the public using principles of good customer service.
  • Perform related duties as assigned.


Experience:†No experience required.

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

License or Certificate:

  • Possession of the P.O.S.T. Certified Basic course completion certificate or equivalency 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 of:

  • Basic principles and practices of law enforcement.

Ability to:

  • Read and understand Departmental policies, rules, instructions, laws, ordinances and general literature pertaining to law enforcement activities.
  • On a continuous basis, know and understand all aspects of a sworn Deputy's job; intermittently analyze work papers, reports and special projects; remember accounts given by witnesses; identify crime suspects; interpret and apply the law to field situations; observe while conducting surveillance; problem solve crime situations; and explain law to public.
  • On an intermittent basis, sit at desk or in patrol vehicle; walk and stand during patrol activities; bend, squat and kneel during inspection of crime scene or conducting building searches; climb stairs and/or ladders while in the field; twist while making arrests; perform simple and power grasping, pushing, pulling and fine manipulation.† Continuously wear utility belt and other police equipment of 30 pounds; and intermittently lift very heavy weight.
  • Adopt quick, effective and reasonable courses of action, giving due regard to the surrounding hazards and circumstances of each situation; exercise good judgement and make sound decisions under a variety of conditions.
  • Understand and follow written and oral directions.
  • Keep accurate records and submit clear reports.
  • Learn to use and care for small firearms and other law enforcement equipment and tools.
  • Work with various cultural and ethnic groups in a tactful and effective manner.
  • Maintain good physical, emotional and mental condition to satisfactorily perform the functions of the position; meet and maintain required peace officer employment standards to safely and effectively perform assigned duties.
  • Work under physical and mental pressure and in potentially hazardous situations.


Performance Examination (Pass/Fail)

(For applicants whose CA P.O.S.T. certificate date is more than six (6) months old OR who have not been employed as a peace officer within the past twelve (12) months ONLY)

All applicants meeting the minimum qualifications will be invited to participate in a performance examination, which will be scored on a pass/fail basis.† The performance examination will consist of a series of job related exercises to assess basic physical agility skills.

NOTE:† Applicants who have completed their CA P.O.S.T. Certified Basic Course (or CA P.O.S.T. equivalency training course) within the past six months or who have been employed as a peace officer within the past twelve (12) months will be considered as already meeting the physical agility criteria for this classification and will not need to take the performance examination.†

All applicants must submit a copy of their CA†P.O.S.T. Certified Basic Course (or CA P.O.S.T. equivalency training course) certificate with their application materials.

Written Examination (100%)

The written examination may include multiple choice, true/false, fill-in, matching, and/or essay type questions directly related to the required knowledge and abilities for this classification.

NOTE:† Applicants who have completed their CA P.O.S.T. Certified Basic Course (or CA P.O.S.T. equivalency training course) within the past six months who would like their T-scores from the academy exam used in lieu of taking the written exam may do so by completing†an Advance Score Forward form and attaching verification from P.O.S.T. of your T-score.

Click here†for the Advance Score Forward form.††Save this document to your computer (File/Save As) and then†fill in the appropriate information.† Once the form is complete, you can scan and attach it to your application (preferred) or print it out and†email (click here)†/ fax to (530) 886-4609 / mail to Placer County Personnel, 145 Fulweiler Ave, Suite 200, Auburn, CA 95603 / or drop off the hard copy at our office.†††In order to forward your score, this form must be received in our office no later than Friday, May 17, 2013 at 5:00 p.m.


Prior to the date of hire, applicants for this classification must complete and pass a background check (which may include a voice stress analysis and/or a polygraph) and pre-employment psychological and medical examinations,†including a drug screening,†prior to appointment.† All applicants must sign a constitutional oath, submit proof of U.S. citizenship or legal right to remain and work in the U.S., and be fingerprinted. For some positions, applicants may also be required to submit proof of age or be bonded.



All new permanent employees, with the exception of sworn law enforcement and management, shall be required to join the employee organization or pay an 'Agency Fee' as a condition of employment.


Placer County now offers an expedited process for qualifying certain applicants for interviews. Candidates currently employed, or employed within the last year, by a public agency operating under a personnel civil service or merit system may be eligible to be placed on a Public Agency Eligible List and certified as eligible for appointment to a similar job assignment without going through the examination process. For more information on the Public Agency Eligible List, to download forms, or to apply, please visit our website at:


Thank you for your interest in employment with Placer County. Placer County is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to an active nondiscrimination program. It is the stated policy of Placer County that harassment and retaliation is prohibited and that all employees and applicants shall receive equal consideration and treatment. All recruitment, hiring, transfer and promotion will be based on the qualifications of the individual for the positions being filled regardless of sex, sexual orientation, race, color, ancestry, religious creed, national origin, physical disability (Including HIV and AIDS), mental disability, medical condition (cancer or genetic characteristics/information), age (40 or over), marital status, pregnancy, childbirth and related medical conditions, or any other classification protected by federal, state or local laws or ordinance. Please contact the Personnel Department at least 5 working days before a scheduled examination if you require accommodation in the examination process. Medical disability verification may be required prior to accommodation.


The following information represents benefits currently available to permanent Placer County employees and may be subject to change.† It is advisable that applicants inquire as to the most current benefit package during hiring interviews or by contacting the Personnel Department.

Click here to view benefits for the Deputy Sheriff's Assoc - Safety Bargain Unit


5/22/13-5/24/13 Minimum Qualifications Screening
6/13/13-6/14/13 Performance Exam
6/13/13-6/14/13 Written Examination