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Deputy Sheriff

County of Contra Costa
Full Time, Permanent Contra Costa Sheriff, 5555 Giant Hwy, Richmond, CA 94806, United States


Bargaining Unit: DSA - DSA - Deputy Sheriff's Sworn Rank & File Unit
The Contra Costa County Office of the Sheriff is seeking men and women interested in continuing an exciting and challenging career in law enforcement. Employees in this class perform routine law enforcement, crime prevention and detection, and detention activities in the County Sheriff's Office. Although no law enforcement experience is required for entrance into this class, incumbents must meet the minimum qualifications as described below. 
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
  • Patrols assigned areas for the protection of life and property
  • Enforces County ordinances and assists local peace officers in their enforcement activities
  • Investigates accidents and administers first aid
  • Makes preliminary investigations of burglary, theft, rape and other criminal violations
  • Classifies criminal complaints and passes them on to investigators
  • Sets up and maintains road blocks, conducts stakeouts, makes raids and performs other special duties as directed
  • Apprehends and transports suspects
  • Conducts prisoners to and from court and guards them while in court
  • Transports prisoners to and from the Rehabilitation Center and other points
  • Receives and investigates complaints of violations by or against juveniles
  • Confers with juveniles and their parents
  • Prepares citations for Juvenile Court
  • Searches for, photographs, collects, preserves and transports physical evidence
  • Evaluates and compares latent fingerprints
  • Receives, searches, books, fingerprints and guards prisoners in the jail, hospital, prison wards and at the Rehabilitation Center
  • Supervises prisoners at work, in transport, during visit conferences and other activities
  • Prepares for court visits of attorneys and for the transfer and release of prisoners
  • Serves legal papers such as subpoenas, summons, complaints and writs of attachment, execution and restitution
  • Assists in conducting sales of attached property
  • Collects fees due to the County
  • Serves warrants and makes arrests
  • Maintains order in court and prepares, processes and maintains necessary files, documents and reports
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.
Training: Possession of a California Basic P.O.S.T. Certificate and experience in law enforcement within the past three years, OR successful completion within the last three years of the California Basic Course Equivalency Examination administered by the State of California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training, OR possession of a valid certificate from a California P.O.S.T. approved Basic Academy, (Note: Candidates currently enrolled in a California Basic P.O.S.T Police Academy with an anticipated graduation date within 120 days of application date are eligible to apply; candidates must have successfully completed the P.O.S.T Basic Police Academy prior to appointment).  Academy certificates are valid for three years from date of completion of the academy program unless extended by employment as a full-time Peace Officer or Level 1 Reserve.
Citizenship: United States citizen or a permanent resident alien who is eligible for and has applied for citizenship a minimum of one year ago.


  Must be 21 years of age at the time of appointment.

Physical Requirements:

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


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

Visual Acuity:

20/100 uncorrected each eye; corrected to 20/30 each eye.


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.

Other Requirements:
  • Employees in this class who, as a part of their regularly assigned duties are required to operate a motor vehicle, will be subject to drug and alcohol testing under provisions of the County Drug and Alcohol Testing Program
  • Applicants must be able to obtain a detention facility clearance to work in the detention facilities.
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. Oral Interview: Conducted by a Qualifications Appraisal Board who will evaluate candidates in job-related areas (Weighted 100%).
TENTATIVE EXAM DATES (updated 8/25/2022):

For applications received 8/1/2022 - 8/14/2022
Oral Exam: 09/06/2022

For applications received 8/15/2022 - 8/28/2022 
Oral Exam: 09/20/2022

For applications received 8/29/2022 - 9/11/2022
Oral Exam: 10/4/2022

For applications received 9/12/2022 - 9/25/2022
Oral Exam: 10/18/2022

For applications received 9/26/2022 - 10/9/2022
Oral Exam: 11/1/2022

The Human Resources Department may change the examination steps noted above in accordance with the Personnel Management Regulations and accepted selection practices.

For recruitment specific questions, please contact Amber Lytle at For any technical issues, please contact the GovernmentJobs’ applicant support team for assistance at +1 855-524-5627.  


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.