Deputy Sheriff (recruit)

  • Contra Costa County, CA
  • Contra Costa County, California
  • Sep 20, 2021
Full Time Public Safety
  • Salary: $60,648.00 Annually USD

Job Description

The Position

Bargaining Unit: DSA - Deputy Sheriff's Non-Sworn Rank & File Unit

The Contra Costa County Office of the Sheriff is seeking men and women interested in an exciting and challenging career in law enforcement. Prior law enforcement experience is not required. Individuals who are appointed as Deputy Sheriff-Recruit will attend a Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) approved police academy, which involves 26 weeks of intensive academic instruction combined with rigorous physical fitness training. Upon successful completion of the Academy, recruits will graduate and be sworn in as Peace Officers and promoted to Deputy Sheriff ($7,088-$9,430). Academy graduates are initially assigned to the Patrol Division or the Custody Services Bureau

The Contra Costa County Office of the Sheriff enjoys an outstanding reputation as one of the most professional, progressive agencies in the United States. In addition to operating the most innovative detention facilities in the country, the Office of the Sheriff provides patrol services throughout the county including four contract cities for which it provides total police services. Many other specialized assignments are also available. As a department of over 1,000 employees, with 668 that are sworn, the Contra Costa County Office of the Sheriff continues to grow and progress, providing excellent opportunities in career development for its deputies.

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The eligible list established from this recruitment may remain in effect for six months.

Typical Tasks
  • Attends a California Basic Academy which includes those courses necessary to gain P.O.S.T. approved peace officer status
  • May attend an orientation on operations within the Sheriff's Department

Minimum Qualifications
License Required: Possession of a valid California Motor Vehicle Operator's License. Out of State valid motor vehicle operator's license will be accepted during the application process.

Education: Possession of a United States high school diploma, G.E.D. Equivalency, California high school proficiency certificate, or have attained a two-year, four-year or advanced degree from an accredited college or university.

The high school shall be a United States public school, an accredited United States Department of Defense high school, or an accredited or approved public or nonpublic high school.

Citizenship: United States citizen or a permanent resident alien who is eligible for and has applied for citizenship a minimum of one year ago.

Age Requirement: Must be 20.5 years of age at the time of appointment.

Physical Requirement: Ability to meet such health standards as may be prescribed by the County Medical Consultant.

Visual Acuity: 20/100 uncorrected each eye; corrected to 20/30 each eye.

Hearing: Must not have suffered a hearing loss of over 25 decibels in the 500, 1000 or 2000 frequency ranges.

Background: A thorough background investigation, which may include a report writing exercise, a polygraph examination and psychological testing, shall be conducted according to the specifications of the State of California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training; and shall not have been convicted of a felony in this state or any other state or in any federal jurisdiction, or of any offense in any other state or in any federal jurisdiction, which would have been a felony if committed in this state.
Selection Process
  1. Application Filing: All applicants must apply on-line at and submit the information as indicated on the job announcement by the final filing date.
  2. P.O.S.T. Entry-Level Law Enforcement Test Battery (PELLETB): Candidates that possess the minimum qualifications will be invited to participate in the PELLETB. The PELLETB is a multiple-choice, fill-in-the-blank written examination designed to measure reading and writing ability. Applicants are given 2.5 hours to complete the PELLETB, which contains five sections: Spelling (applicants select the correct spelling of a word from a list of options); Vocabulary (applicants select the correct meaning of a word from a list of options); Clarity (applicants select the sentence that is most clearly written from a pair of options); Reading Comprehension (applicants read a passage and answer questions about the passage's content); and CLOZE (applicants use contextual clues to complete a passage that contains blanks/missing words). For a preparation guide please visit (Download PDF reader). ( Note: If you have previously taken the PELLETB with Contra Costa County, or another agency, within the last 12 months AND achieved a T-Score of 45 or higher, you may submit your T-Score in lieu of taking the exam again. Candidates must submit a copy of their examination results AT THE TIME OF APPLICATION ) . (Candidates MAY NOT retake the PELLETB within 30 days of previously taking the examination) (Qualifying)
  3. Physical Agility Examination: Designed to measure an applicant's knowledge, skills, and abilities to complete exercises that replicate some aspect of the job. The examination may be timed and include the following physical examinations: 1) 500 yard run 2) scaling a 6-foot wall, and 3) 165 lb. dummy drag (Pass/Fail)
  4. Oral Interview: Conducted by a Qualifications Appraisal Board who will evaluate candidates in job-related areas (Weighted 100%).

TENTATIVE EXAM DATES (updated 10/06/2021) :

For applications received 09/13/2021 - 09/26/2021
PELLETB/Physical Agility Exam: 10/16/2021
Oral Exam: 10/19/2021

For applications received 09/27/2021 - 10/10/2021
PELLETB/Physical Agility Exam: 10/30/2021
Oral Exam: 11/02/2021

For applications received 10/11/2021 - 10/24/2021
PELLETB/Physical Agility Exam: 11/13/2021
Oral Exam: 11/16/2021

For applications received 10/25/2021 - 11/21/2021
PELLETB/Physical Agility Exam: 12/11/2021
Oral Exam: 12/14/2021

For applications received 11/22/2021 - 12/19/2021
PELLETB/Physical Agility Exam: 01/08/2022
Oral Exam: 01/11/2022
The Human Resources Department may change the examination steps noted above in accordance with the Personnel Management Regulations and accepted selection practices.


Please note that as of August 24, 2021, Contra Costa County enacted a mandatory COVID-19 vaccine requirement for employees. Proof of full vaccination will be required of all employees, including new hires. The policy requirements can be found her e:


After you receive a conditional job offer, you will be fingerprinted, and your fingerprints will be sent to the California Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The resulting report of your conviction history (if any) will be used to determine whether the nature of your conviction conflicts with the specific duties and responsibilities of the job for which you have received a conditional job offer. If a conflict exists, you will be asked to present any evidence of rehabilitation that may mitigate the conflict, except when federal or state regulations bar employment in specific circumstances. Having a conviction history does not automatically preclude you from a job with Contra Costa County. If you accept a conditional job offer, the Human Resources department will contact you to schedule a fingerprinting appointment.


All Contra Costa County employees are designated Disaster Service Workers through state and local law. Employment with the County requires the affirmation of a loyalty oath to this effect. Employees are required to complete all Disaster Service Worker-related training as assigned, and to return to work as ordered in the event of an emergency.


It is the policy of Contra Costa County to consider all applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender, gender identify, gender expression, marital status, ancestry, medical condition, genetic information, military or veteran status, or other protected category under the law

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