Deputy Sheriff I

  • Nevada County, CA
  • Nevada City, California
  • Jun 04, 2022
Full Time Public Safety

Job Description

Definition and Class Characteristics The Minimum Age for Peace Officers is increasing from 18 years of age to 21 years of age as of January 1, 2022.

Under general supervision, performs difficult and responsible law enforcement and crime prevention work by patrolling assigned areas, answering calls and complaints, and making preliminary investigations of crimes; assists in law enforcement identification processing; and performs related work as required.

This is the entry level training class in the series. Under close supervision of superior officers and until they have completed the required California POST (Peace Officer Standards Training) Basic Training Course and Nevada County Sheriff's Office field training program, incumbents perform a wide variety of law enforcement duties. Incumbents who successfully complete POST Basic Training Course, and one year of probation, usually advance to the next higher level of Deputy Sheriff II.

Examples of Duties Essential:
  • Patrols assigned areas in a vehicle or on foot and answers calls for protection of life and property
  • Conducts preliminary investigations, interrogates witnesses, gathers evidence and takes statements in connection with suspected criminal activities; substantiates findings of fact in court
  • Serves warrants, civil documents and makes arrests
  • Conducts Coroner's investigations and completes reports
  • Assists and cooperates with other law enforcement agencies in investigations and arrests; maintains departmental files and records
  • Maintains firearms and other equipment in good working condition
  • Prepares detailed reports of all activities
  • If assigned to a contract city/town, provides for the investigation and documentation of traffic collisions, apprehension and arrest of persons driving under the influence, and routine traffic law enforcement
  • Performs jailer and/or bailiff duties as assigned

Knowledge and Skills Required QUALIFICATIONS
NOTE: The required level and scope of the following knowledge and skills relate to the level of the position as defined in the class characteristics.

Knowledge of:
  • Principles and practices of crime prevention, investigation and identification techniques
  • Criminal law with reference to apprehension, arrest and custody of persons including rules of evidence pertaining to search and seizure and presentation of evidence for all types of cases
  • Principles and practices of record keeping and report writing
  • Current laws and case law decisions involving crimes
  • The court system, search warrant preparation and execution, civil-coroner policies and procedures
  • Techniques for effectively dealing with the public in person and over the telephone
  • Safe work methods and safety regulations pertaining to the work
Skill in:
  • Reading and understanding departmental policies, rules, instructions, laws and ordinances
  • Analyzing and interpreting legal codes, police problems and criminal evidence
  • Adopting quick, effective and reasonable courses of actions while considering surrounding hazards and circumstances
  • Understanding and following written and oral instructions
  • Preparing and maintaining clear and accurate records and reports
  • Learning the use and care of small firearms
  • Establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work
  • Dealing with people of various racial, ethnic and economic groups in a tactful and effective manner
  • Controlling resisting individuals with a minimum of force necessary to effect an arrest
  • Exercising good judgement and making sound decisions under a variety of conditions

Education and Experience Required
Equivalent to completion of twelfth grade. Completion of at least 30 units of college education is desired from an accredited college or university.

Licenses and Certificates:
Possession of a valid driver's license within 30 days of hire.

A) Completion of POST basic training course within six (6) years if never employed as a peace officer or three (3) years if employed as a peace officer;


B) Completion of POST basic requalification course administered by the State Commission on POST with no longer than a three (3) year break of employment as a peace officer (possession of a valid POST Basic certificate will satisfy this requirement).

Proof of either A) or B) must be submitted at the time of application.

A valid PELLETB T-Score of 45 or higher is required. The score must be no older than 3 years from the date of application and must be submitted on agency letterhead at time of application.

The POST PELLETB exam is conducted at Nevada County for all candidates who do not hold a valid POST T-SCORE.

Physical Demands and Working Conditions:
Mobility and strength to reach, bend, grasp, climb and run; strength and agility to restrain people alone or with the assistance of others while wearing required equipment, and lift or maneuver people weighing more than 165 pounds; ability to sit for extended periods of time in a patrol vehicle; manual dexterity to operate restraints, firearms, standard office equipment, radio and telephone controls; vision sufficient to qualify for firearms certification; speech and hearing to communicate in person, by telephone and radio. Willingness and ability to work rotating shifts, on-call, weekends and holidays.
Some accommodations may be made for some physical demands for otherwise qualified individuals who require and request such accommodations.
Other Requirements:
Must be a U.S. citizen or have applied for citizenship at least one year prior to application.
Must submit to and pass a psychological evaluation, medical examination and a background investigation.Closing Date/Time:

Job Address

Nevada City, California United States View Map