Deputy Sheriff Reserve

  • Alameda County
  • Oakland, California
  • Oct 26, 2020
Public Safety
  • Salary: This is a volunteer position. Incumbents do not receive compensation. USD

Job Description

Reserve Deputy Sheriffs are utilized to supplement the Alameda County Sheriff's Office's sworn law enforcement personnel. Like full-time Deputies, Reserve Deputies are professionally trained and duly sworn law enforcement personnel. In most cases, Reserves are assigned to the same duties as full-time Deputies. Since Reserve Deputies have the same powers of arrest as full-time Deputies when they are working, they are required by law to meet the same hiring, background, medical, and psychological standards as full-time Deputies.
Reserve Deputy Sheriffs enjoy the challenge and excitement offered by law enforcement, as well as the satisfaction of providing a worthwhile community service.
Reserve Deputy Sheriffs supplement the regular operations of the Sheriff's Office by working at Santa Rita Jail, providing patrol functions, working at various community events, and a number of other assignments.
Reserve Deputy Sheriffs first complete the extensive training period and then work assignments as their regular jobs permit. They are provided ongoing training while a member of the Reserve Program.
Reserve Deputy Sheriffs are provided with safety equipment and a $400 annual uniform allowance if they meet the minimum hours of service each month, serve at the will of the Sheriff, must obey all Agency rules and regulations, but do not fall into the framework of the civil service system.

Successful completion of a certified P.O.S.T. approved basic academy (or Level One Reserve Module) within three years of application date, or possession of a valid recertification certificate is required in order to qualify as a Reserve Deputy Sheriff in Alameda County.


Reserve Deputy Sheriffs, under close supervision, oversee the work and conduct of inmates in a county correctional institution; patrol an area and enforce law and order; receive and serve civil process; maintain order in courts; assist with special investigations; under direction, coordinate emergency services programs and volunteer activities; and perform related work as required
Reserve Deputy Sheriffs are characterized by a wide variety of duties assigned to different positions. Reserve Deputy Sheriffs are trained in law enforcement knowledge and skills, may be rotated among posts at the jail, the Coroner's Bureau, patrol districts and investigation; according to Agency needs. When serving in different assignments, incumbents are expected to develop and demonstrate craft, technical and clerical skills, record keeping, and rehabilitation aspects of department functions; however, these, at all times, are subordinate to the fundamental law enforcement and custodial nature of the work. Incumbents, as assigned, will supervise groups of prisoners on work details but do not supervise other regular employees of the Department.

NOTE: The following are the duties performed by employees in this classification. However, employees may perform other related duties at an equivalent level. Each individual in the classification does not necessarily perform all duties listed.
When assigned to custodial duties:
1. Ensures custody and accountability of prisoners; documents daily counts; maintains control in maximum, medium, and minimum security settings by ongoing inspections of cells, barracks, and other detention facilities; regulates the movement of prisoners, staff, and visitors in the jails; supervises the orderly service of meals to the inmates; oversees the recreational and educational programs provided; maintains discipline, and recommends disciplinary action when appropriate; submits comprehensive reports.
2. Supervises inmate workers engaged in such activities as building maintenance, demolition of structures, construction, roads and grounds maintenance, food preparation and service, agricultural programs, animal husbandry, fire suppression, and clerical duties; requisitions, receives, stores, and makes available supplies and foodstuffs.
3. Interviews and classifies inmates to determine appropriate housing and/or job assignment; evaluates past record, medical history, security risk, skills, aptitudes, and interests.
4. Processes prisoners in and out of the jail; completes booking procedures, records, photographs, and fingerprints; takes custody of money, personal articles and clothing, issuing receipts; makes computer entries and inquiries designed to track defendants through the criminal justice system; receives bails and fines; and deals with the public both in person and by telephone.
5. Operates motor vehicles, mobile and portable radios, computer terminals, fire apparatus, farm and construction tools and equipment.

When assigned to patrol and investigation:
1. Patrols assigned beat area, checks homes, business establishments, schools and other features of the area for crime, suspicious circumstances, and hazardous conditions; operates two way radio unit and responds to calls to preserve the peace and enforce laws; apprehends principals, and renders assistance; makes preliminary investigations, obtaining statements and information, preserving and marking evidence; serves criminal and civil papers; transports prisoners and books arrested persons; logs chronologically all patrol activities; prepares reports of crime investigations and arrests; assists local police officers in law enforcement work and gives aid to the public.
2. Secures and photographs evidence at crime scenes; dusts for fingerprints; photographs and lifts latent prints; marks, preserves, and processes evidence for submission to crime laboratory; and acts as expert witness in court.
3. Coordinates and conducts crime prevention programs; speaks before public and private groups; provides demonstrations and displays of crime prevention methods; and serves as technical resource in commercial, residential, and personal security.

When assigned to court duties:
1. As an officer of the court, maintains order and is responsible for total security in the courtroom, including the custody of all prisoners while in court and during movement between court and holding facilities; takes charge of juries and conducts them to designated places; carries out all lawful orders of the court as directed; notes judicial disposition of each case and transmits information as required; may be required to perform other related duties, such as maintaining court library and service and delivery of court documents.
2. Serves civil and criminal processes as directed; prepares reports of service and makes returns to courts of origin; takes property into custody and arranges for transportation and storage or places a keeper in charge of property; makes evictions and turns property over to plaintiff; posts notices of sale; auctions property and issues certificates of sale.
3. Waits on counter to receive civil papers, collects fees and issues receipts; receives and verifies amount of bond and bail money; checks documents for seal and signature; verifies ownership of automobiles and businesses; maintains record of money received and disbursements; deposits funds; files cross reference cards, register of actions cards, and folders.

When assigned to Emergency Services Division:
Under day to day direction of the Assistant Director, Office of Emergency Services, and under supervision of Sergeant similarly directed:
1. Assists in preparation of fire and rescue elements of county's and client cities' emergency preparedness plans.
2. Assists in planning and conducting simulated emergency exercises.
3. Recruits and provides for training of volunteers in the fire, rescue, and underwater rescue services, including radiological monitoring and hazardous material precautions.
4. Maintains inventory of property and vehicles assigned to Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Services.
5. Coordinates response of volunteer units to mutual aid requests; prepares reports of activity on ad hoc periodic basis.

When assigned to the Coroner's Bureau:
1. Makes routine inspections of bodies involved in traumatic or unexpected deaths as well as the scene of the incidents; assists with the removal of the bodies to the morgue; maintains custody of the property of deceased persons; identifies and notifies next of kin; prepares records for burial of indigent and unclaimed dead and assists with their disposition.
2. Prepares reports detailing all cases investigated and prepares Coroner's Verdicts for the Commanding Officer utilizing police reports, Coroner's reports and pathological records; assists pathologists with autopsies.
3. Supervises shift operations in absence of Lieutenant, reviewing case assignments, approving reports; maintains supplies, building, grounds, etc.; acts as liaison with General Services Agency.

When assigned to other duties:
1. Transports prisoners to and from holding facilities, courts, and state institutions; performs extradition duties as required and directed.
2. Assists superior in organizing departmental training programs and teaches courses.
3. Performs recruitment duties in coordination with other governmental and private agencies; interviews and conducts background investigation of applicants and prepares reports of findings.

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Current enrollment in the Alameda County Sheriff's Office Recruit Training Academy, with successful completion of the academy by the time of appointment.
Successful completion of a certified P.O.S.T. approved basic academy (or Level One Reserve Module) within three years of application date or possession of a valid recertification certificate.
License: Valid California State Motor Vehicle Operator's license.
Age: Must be at least 21 years of age at time of appointment.
Citizenship: If not a citizen of the United States, must have filed for citizenship at least one year before applying for Deputy Sheriff.
Physical Requirement: Hearing must be normal in each ear. Using both eyes, must have far vision of at least 20/100 without glasses, correctable to 20/20 with glasses. Must be free from color blindness and permanent abnormality in either eye. These standards are confined to far vision and color vision. There are additional standards which may apply to other possible specific visual deficiencies. Applicants must be in excellent physical condition with above average strength, endurance and agility, and must meet Commission approved safety member physical standards.
Special Requirement: Federal law and County policy requires that certain positions in the class of Deputy Sheriff Reserve which require a commercial driver's license and the performance of duties defined as "safety sensitive" are subject to post-offer/pre-placement/pre-duty, reasonable suspicion, post-accident, random, return-to-duty and follow-up drug and alcohol testing.
A thorough background investigation will be made of all prospective Deputy Sheriff Reserves. A record of any felony conviction will result in disqualification

The most suitably qualifed candidates will possess the following competencies:
Ability to:
  • Read, understand, interpret and apply department policies, rules, laws, and ordinances pertaining to law enforcement work
  • Write clear, concise comprehensive reports
  • Accurately observe and remember names, faces, numbers, and events
  • Establish and maintain effective working relations with others
  • Exert physical force in the apprehension of suspects and in the saving of lives and property
  • Use good judgment in emergency or critical situations
  • Identify and address issues, problems, and opportunities
  • Interact with others in a way that gives them confidence in one's intentions
  • Work effectively even when under stress or experiencing conflict
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both verbally and in writing
  • Perform routine clerical and record keeping duties
  • Quickly learn and apply the rules, procedures, laws and regulations relevant to the work

Alameda County utilizes a Civil Service Selection System founded on merit. Such a system is competitive and based on broad recruitment efforts and equal opportunity for qualified applicants to test in an examination process designed to determine the qualifications, fitness and ability of competitors to perform duties of the vacant position. Many of our recruitments are targeted and specific to the needs of a current vacant position, in which case, the eligible list may be exclusively used for that current vacant position. Other recruitments may be more broadly used for both current and future vacancies, or for other alternate jobs with comparable scopes of work.
To learn more about our recruitment and selection process, please visit the "What You Need To Know" section of our website:

Selection Plan
Applicants will be informed via email with reasonable notice in advance of any examination process which will require their attendance. The following dates are tentative and subject to change based on the needs of the Agency:
October 15, 2020: We will begin accepting applications. All applications must be filled out according to the instructions. Applications that are not fully completed or not completed following the instructions listed will not be considered. Resumes in lieu of properly filled out applications will not be considered. Only applications submitted electronically, via the County's online application system, by the final file date will be accepted. Be aware that if you only complete an application template and fail to submit it to apply for this position, your application will not be accepted. A review of candidates' applications to verify possession of minimum requirements Those candidates who possess the minimum requirements for the class will move on to the next step in the examination process.
To Be Determined PHYSICAL ABILITIES TEST: (Qualifying only) To assess candidates' abilities to perform the physical aspects of law enforcement work. Those passing the Physical Abilities Test will be scheduled for the Oral Board Interview.
To Be Determined: ORAL BOARD INTERVIEWS: (Qualifying only) will consist of an evaluation conducted by interview panel (the oral exam may include situational exercises). Candidates will be required to present acceptable I.D. for admittance to each phase of the examination, i.e. driver's license, military I.D., Passport, or California Department of Motor Vehicle's I.D. card.
Alameda County and the Human Resource Services Department will make reasonable efforts in the examination and/or selection process to accommodate qualified individuals with disabilities and/or medical conditions in accordance/compliance with the State Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA), Federal Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Alameda County's Reasonable Accommodation Policy and applicable statues. To request an accommodation due to a disability/medical condition during this or other phases of the examination/selection process, please contact the assigned Human Resources Representative listed on the job announcement before the last date of filing. Alameda County requires applicants to provide supporting documentation to substantiate a request for reasonable accommodation. In order to qualify for a reasonable accommodation, applicants must have a disability/medical condition pursuant to the ADA, FEHA and applicable statutes.
For more information regarding our Reasonable Accommodation procedures, please visit our website,

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Elaine Lemi | Human Resources Analyst
Human Resource Services, County of Alameda
(510) 272-6434 |

Alameda County has a diverse workforce, that is representative of the communities we serve, and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All aspects of employment are based on merit, competence, performance and business need. Alameda County does not discriminate in employment on the basis of, race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factors protected under federal, state and local law. Alameda County celebrates diversity and is committed to creating an inclusive, and welcoming workplace environment.Closing Date/Time: 11/30/2020 5:00:00 PM

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