Deputy Sheriff Recruit

  • Sacramento County, CA
  • Sacramento, California
  • Jul 01, 2020
Public Safety
  • Salary: $69,780.96 Annually USD

Job Description

The Position

This is a continuous filing exam. Next filing cut-offs are at 5:00 pm on:
9/7/20 (final cut-off)

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 (P.O.S.T.) 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, participates in a basic law enforcement training program including the Sheriff's Department's State of California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.) approved Basic Academy. Watch to Explore your career with purpose

Examples of Knowledge and Abilities

Ability to
  • 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 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
Read and understand departmental policies, rules, instructions, laws and ordinances and general literature pertaining to law enforcement activities

Employment Qualifications

Minimum 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 or speak to someone in our office before the cut-off date listed in this notice.

General Qualifications

Compliance with Government Code:
In accordance with California Government Code, Section 1031, each employee shall meet the following minimum standards:

a. 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.

b. Be at least 18 years of age.

c. 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.

d. 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.

Background/Criminal History:
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.

Driver's License:
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.

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.
Be able to meet medical standards as prescribed by P.O.S.T. and detailed in the P.O.S.T. Medical Screening Manual.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.
Physical Ability Test:
This exam will be given as needed for the hiring needs of the Sheriff's Department. You will be notified by the Sheriff's Department of date and time. Before proceeding with a physical conditioning/exercise program and/or participating in this test, consult your physician.

Description of Physical Ability Test:
The Physical Ability Test is similar to an obstacle course and is designed to simulate the pursuit and apprehension of a fleeing person.

The Test consists of the following components in sequence:
  • Step through a go-between (2 horizontal bars 20 and 40 inches high)
  • Scale a 6-foot wall
  • Jump 2 hurdles
  • Step through a go-between
  • Jump 2 hurdles
  • Scale a 6-foot wall
  • Run through a maze (zig-zag)
  • Position and hold "arms" of a wristlock machine for 15 seconds
  • Rest for 30 seconds (mandatory)
  • Drag a 165-pound manikin 25 feet
  • Sprint for approximately 200 yards back to start/finish line

Candidates must complete the Physical Ability Test in 3 minutes, 30 seconds.

In addition, candidates must pull the trigger (dry fire) of a handgun 12 times with each hand.

Practice Sessions:
The Physical Ability Course located at the Sacramento Sheriff's Department Training Academy will be available for candidates to practice. For practice dates and times, please visit the Sheriff's Training Academy webpage.

About the PELLETB:
The Sacramento County Sheriff's Department administers the PELLETB on a regular basis; for test dates/times see Sheriff's Training Academy or go to Also, check the POST Home Page ( or POST Training Academies website ( for additional information and other possible test sites throughout California.

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

Application and Testing Information

APPLICATIONQualified 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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For information regarding County jobs:
Closing Date/Time: 9/7/2020 5:00 PM Pacific

Job Address

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