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A Deputy Sheriff serves in a highly responsible and visible capacity in the protection of life and property; performs law enforcement and crime prevention work by patrolling assigned areas, answering calls for service, and investigating crimes. The Deputy Sheriff works under general supervision within a framework of established procedures and is expected to perform a variety of law enforcement duties with only occasional instruction, assistance and supervision. Adequate performance at this level requires the knowledge of departmental procedures and the ability to choose among a variety of alternatives in solving emergency and routine incidents. The Deputy Sheriff is expected to work productively even in the absence of supervision, and also could be asked to assist in the supervision and training of new, less experienced, law enforcement employees. General supervision of the Deputy Sheriff is provided by a Sheriff's Sergeant or a higher level of sworn personnel depending upon assignment. A Deputy Sheriff shall be assigned to the Field Training Officer Program and complete a one (1) year probationary period. Laterals shall have an appreciated Field Training Officer Program as deemed appropriate, but will also complete a one (1) year probation period.
Examples of Duties
Depending upon assignment, duties may include but are not limited to the following:
- Patrol county in a radio car or on foot; answers calls for the protection of life and property and the enforcement of county and state laws; may conduct both preliminary and follow-up investigations of disturbances, prowlers, burglaries, thefts, holdups, and other criminal incidents; check buildings for physical security.
- Make critical decisions necessary in the field regarding emergency situations and apprehension techniques.
- Make arrests as necessary; interview victims, complainants, and witnesses; interrogate suspects; gather and preserve evidence; testify and present evidence in court.
- Contact and cooperate with other law enforcement agencies in matters relating to the investigation of crimes and the apprehension of offenders.
- Prepare reports of arrests made, investigations conducted, and unusual incidents observed.
- Perform Coroner duties as assigned.
- Serve warrants, subpoenas, and civil documents.
- Assist local fire departments within the county in traffic control and fire rescue.
- Administer first aid in emergency situations.
- Assist in county search and rescue operations over a wide area, sometimes involving rugged terrain and difficult weather conditions.
- Perform Bailiff duties as assigned.
- Serve as RangeMaster for the department as assigned.
- Maintain contact with citizens regarding potential law enforcement problems and preserve good relationships with the general public.
Applicants shall possess knowledge of:
- Applicable procedures in conducting arrests, investigations, and other assigned duties.
- Use and care of firearms.
- First Aid and CPR.
Applicants must have the ability to:
- Serve in a law enforcement capacity in a responsible and effective manner, often under difficult and stressful situations.
- Observe accurately and remember names, faces, numbers, incidents, and places.
- Demonstrate ability in the use and care of firearms, and proficiency in meeting Range Qualification Standards.
- Think and act quickly in emergencies and judge situations and people accurately.
- Learn, understand, and interpret laws and regulations.
- Prepare accurate and grammatically correct written reports.
- Establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
- Understand and carry out oral and written directions.
Required Experience and Education
- Any combination equivalent to experience and education that could likely provide required knowledge and abilities would be qualifying.
- Completion of high school (or equivalent) supplemented by specialized training as approved by the Commission of Peace Officers Standards and Training (POST).
Required Licenses of Certifications
- Possession of a Basic Certificate issued by the Commission of Peace Officers Standards and Training or Certificate of Completion of POST certified academy.
- Possession of an appropriate valid California Driver's License.
Employee Benefits for the Deputy Sheriff (new hires)
Salary Range: $5,056 - $6,146 (5 steps)
Note: The step range advancement is currently frozen for the current contract
(A lateral Deputy Sheriff may be hired at pay steps above entry level depending on qualifications, training and experience; with authorization from the Sheriff and/or County CAO)
2.5% for B.A. Degree or higher
5.0% (additional) for Intermediate POST Certificate
7.5% (additional) for Advanced or Supervisory POST Certificate
(Maximum allowable increase is 12.5%)
- Holiday Pay: 10% of yearly salary (paid twice a year)
- Health Insurance; Cafeteria Plan covering employee and dependents
- PERS Retirement
- Bilingual Pay: $200 per month
- FTO Pay: 5% while assigned a trainee
$25 per month for assignment to Search and Rescue
$25 per month for Explosives Technician Deputy
- Uniform Allowance: $1000 per year (taxable)
80 hours after initial employment
120 hours after 3-years
136 hours after 10-years
152 hours after 15-years
160 hours after 20-years
- Callout Overtime: 4-hour minimum
- Court Overtime: 4-hour minimum
- CTO Time: Maximum of 200-hours on books
- Sick Leave: 8-hours per month
- Educational Incentive Program: Job related course expenses reimbursed up to $700 per year
Winter Jumpsuits (at the discretion of the Sheriff)
Cold Weather Gloves
Flashlight, batteries, bulb
Digital voice recorder
Various misc. equipment
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