County of Santa ClaraSan Jose 95110
Full Time

Patrols county areas and contract cities in a radio equipped patrol car to preserve law and order and to prevent and discover the commission of crimes;.

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Deputy Sheriff

County of Santa Clara
Full Time County of Santa Clara Office of the Sheriff, 55 W Younger Ave, San Jose, CA 95110, United States


Under supervision, to perform active law enforcement duties in the protection of life and property, the investigation of crimes, and the apprehension of law violators; to provide security to the Superior Court and the service of civil process issued by the Court; and to perform a variety of technical law enforcement tasks. 

The Deputy Sheriff – Lateral recruitment is for applicants who currently work or have worked at a California POST-approved law enforcement agency performing duties of a Peace Officer with a separation date within three years of application date
who have successfully completed a California POST-certified Regular Basic Course (standard or modular format) within three years of the application date and possess a California Basic Peace Officers Standards and Training (POST) certificate, or possess a valid re-qualification certificate if the original certification has expired.
Those seeking to start a career in law enforcement, who do not meet the above criteria, should refer to the Deputy Sheriff Cadet - Unclassified job bulletin.  
Pursuant to California Senate Bill 960, effective January 1, 2023, it is no longer required for peace officers to either be a citizen of the United States or be a permanent resident who is eligible for and has applied for citizenship; instead, peace officers must be legally authorized to work in the United States.

Those assigned to patrol and administrative duties will receive a 10% differential in addition to their base pay.

The agility test day for this recruitment is tentatively scheduled for Saturday, November 18, 2023.  
Typical Tasks

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.

  • Patrols county areas and contract cities in a radio equipped patrol car to preserve law and order and to prevent and discover the commission of crimes;
  • Responds to a variety of calls, including felony and misdemeanor complaints and vehicular accidents;
  • Conducts initial criminal investigation by interviewing witnesses, protecting the crime scene, and gathering and preserving physical evidence;
  • Appears in court to testify;
  • Prepares accurate reports based on facts obtained and investigative steps taken;
  • Makes on-view and warrant arrests; 
  • Transports prisoners to jail;
  • Serves as a detective or as a member of a detective division team;
  • Serves legal processes, such as summons, garnishments, writs of execution, and attachments;
  • Signs affidavit that service has been made or notifies attorney that service cannot be made;
  • Prepares notice of sale, conducts sales, and prepares transfer of title documents;
  • Attends sessions of the court to which assigned, representing the Sheriff and supervising the security of the court;
  • Keeps order in the courtroom and serves any processes or makes any arrests necessary;
  • May provide training in various areas within the Sheriff’s Office Divisions, including providing Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) and/or Standard and Training for Correction (STC) to in-service personnel;
  • May be assigned as a Disaster Service Worker (DSW), as required*;
  • Performs other related duties, as required or assigned.
Employment Standards

Sufficient education, training, and experience to demonstrate the ability to perform the above tasks, plus the possession and direct application of the following knowledge and abilities.

Training and Experience Note: The required knowledge and abilities are attained through possession of sixty (60) semester units (ninety (90) quarter units) of college.

Special Requirements

  • Applicants who have passed their 20th birthday may apply but cannot be appointed until they have reached their 21st birthday. 
  • Successfully complete a California POST Basic Course (Academy) within the last three (3) years.  
  • Possess and maintain current First Aid and CPR certificates. 
  • Possession of a valid California Driver's License prior to appointment and the ability to qualify for and maintain a County driver authorization. 
  • Have never been convicted of a felony. Any felony conviction and/or a conviction outside of California that would be considered a felony in California is disqualifying. 
  • Must be able to take and pass a thorough medical examination. May be disqualified based on established medical standards or current POST or Departmental orders. 
  • Must successfully pass a psychological evaluation. 
  • Must successfully demonstrate and maintain physical fitness to perform the full scope and functions of the job. 
  • Must pass a complete background investigation, including fingerprints and a search of local, state, and national files for criminal history. 
  • Must possess the legal right to work in the United States. 
  • Candidates must meet all required employment standards prescribed in Government Code Section 1031, which include a psychological evaluation, polygraph examination, fingerprinting, background investigation, and medical examination.
  • Ability to travel to alternate locations in the course of work.  If driving, possession of a valid California driver’s license prior to appointment and the ability to qualify for and maintain a County driver authorization.
  • *As a condition of employment, pursuant to California Government Code Sections 3100-3109 and Local Ordinance, all County of Santa Clara employees are designated Disaster Service Workers (DSWs), including extra help.  A DSW is required to complete all assigned DSW-related training, and in the event of an emergency, return to work as ordered.

Knowledge of:

  • State and local laws and ordinances; 
  • Modern police practices and procedures; 
  • Investigation and interrogation techniques and the identification and preservation of evidence; 
  • Modern sociological concepts and communication skills in dealing with a diverse and ethnic population; 
  • Self-defense tactics; 
  • First aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR); 
  • Geography of local area; 
  • Common computer systems and applications;  
  • Course training and instruction techniques;
  • English usage, style, grammar, punctuation, and spelling.

Ability to:

  • Acquire, retain, and apply police knowledge, procedures, and departmental policies; 
  • Express oneself clearly and concisely in English, both in writing and orally, and be able to prepare accurate and grammatically correct written reports; 
  • Develop and maintain effective working relationships with private citizens, fellow officers, and supervisors; 
  • Communicate and effectively interact with a diverse community; 
  • Make decisions and act calmly during emergencies; 
  • Exercise sound judgment, especially under stressful conditions; 
  • Project authority; 
  • De-escalate hostile and aggressive behaviors; 
  • Observe accurately; 
  • Perform a wide variety of physical tasks requiring strength, coordination, endurance, and agility; 
  • Use and care for specialized equipment, including firearms, radar equipment, and hand-held radios; 
  • Provide training and instruction in a variety of subjects within the Sheriff’s Office;
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work, at all levels, including colleagues, the public, and representatives of other agencies;
  • Read and understand material safety data sheets and other safety communications;  
  • Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, with people of diverse backgrounds and cultures.
Physical Requirements
  • Work varying shifts (e.g., day, swing, and graveyard), including weekends and holidays.