County of Alameda

Deputy Sheriff II (#8604)

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Bargaining Unit: DSA - Deputy Sheriff (013)
$55.86-$67.83 Hourly / $4,468.80-$5,426.40 BiWeekly /
$9,682.40-$11,757.20 Monthly / $116,188.80-$141,086.40 Yearly

This classification specification describes the journey level of the Deputy Sheriff flexibly staffed series.  Incumbents of this classification, under general supervision, supervise 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; investigates circumstances surrounding death in cases referred to Coroner; under direction, coordinate emergency services programs and volunteer activities; and do related work as required.


This classification is part of a three-level flexibly staffed Deputy Sheriff classification series located in the Sheriff’s Office.  Deputy Sheriff is a peace officer classification characterized by a wide variety of duties assigned to different positions.  Deputy Sheriff II’s are trained in law enforcement knowledge and skills, may be rotated among posts in the courts, jails, correction facilities, the Coroner’s Bureau, patrol districts, and investigation according to Department needs.  When serving in different assignments, incumbents are expected to develop and demonstrate craft, technical and clerical skills necessary to plant maintenance, 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 ordinarily do not supervise other regular employees of the Department.  These classes differ from the next higher class, Sergeant, which is a first-line supervisory position.

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 fingerprinting; 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, checking 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, and 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 a 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 the supervision of a 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 Emergency Services.
  5. Coordinates response of volunteer units to mutual aid requests; prepares reports of activity on ad hoc periodic basis.
  6. Edits monthly publications concerning activities of the volunteer programs.

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 the 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.


The equivalent of eighteen (18) months of experience as a Deputy Sheriff I in the Alameda County classified Service and possession of a California Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) Basic certificate.



A minimum of 36 months full-time experience as a Peace Officer in a California law enforcement agency (municipal or state police department, Sheriff’s department, or California Highway Patrol) with a separation date within 36 months of application date and possession of a California POST Basic certificate.



A minimum of 36 months full-time experience as a peace officer in a law enforcement agency outside of California and possession of a valid Basic Course Waiver (BCW) issued by California POST.


Valid California State Motor Vehicle Operator's license by date of appointment.


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


Candidates are not required to be a US citizen but must be legally authorized to work in the United States under federal law. (SB 960).  

Special Requirement:

Federal law and County policy requires that certain positions in the class of Deputy Sheriff I, 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 Sheriffs. A record of any felony conviction will result in disqualification.

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 California POST approved safety member physical standards.

NOTE: The Civil Service Commission may modify the above Minimum Qualifications in the announcement of an examination.

NOTE: The level and scope of the following knowledge and abilities are related to duties listed under the “Examples of Duties” section of this specification.

Ability to:

  • Read, understand, interpret, and apply department policies, rules, laws, and ordinances pertaining to law enforcement work.
  • Write clear and 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 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.

HC:ab Revised 9/30/83
HC:db Revised 9/89
DF:dj Rev.5/5/94
JH:jc Updated: 6/95
RE:dhb  updated: 2/98
Oldspec doc. #:  0813h
Newspec doc #:  8602-8604.doc
pf:  Updated:  2/23/01 
CSC date:  7/22/98
ID:pf  Rev. 8/1/01
CSC date:   8/29/01  
DS:cs  Revised  8/4/10
CSC Date:  8/25/10
SA:saa Revised 01/31/2023
CSC Date:03/08/2023
SA:saa Revised 05/25/2023
CSC Date:08/09/2023


Alameda County offers a comprehensive and competitive benefits package that affords wide-ranging health care options to meet the different needs of a diverse workforce and their families. We also sponsor many different employee discount, fitness and health screening programs focused on overall well being.  These benefits include but are not limited to*:

For your Health & Well-Being

  • Medical – HMO & PPO Plans
  • Dental – HMO & PPO Plans
  • Vision or Vision Reimbursement
  • Share the Savings
  • Basic Life Insurance 
  • Supplemental Life Insurance (with optional dependent coverage for eligible employees) 
  • County Allowance Credit
  • Flexible Spending Accounts - Health FSA, Dependent Care and Adoption Assistance
  • Short-Term Disability Insurance
  • Long-Term Disability Insurance
  • Voluntary Benefits - Accident Insurance, Critical Illness, Hospital Indemnity and Legal Services
  • Employee Assistance Program

For your Financial Future

  • Retirement Plan - (Defined Benefit Pension Plan)
  • Deferred Compensation Plan (457 Plan or Roth Plan)

For your Work/Life Balance

  • 12 paid holidays
  • Floating Holidays
  • Vacation and sick leave accrual
  • Vacation purchase program
  • Catastrophic Sick Leave
  • Group Auto/Home Insurance
  • Pet Insurance
  • Commuter Benefits Program
  • Guaranteed Ride Home
  • Employee Wellness Program (e.g. At Work Fitness, Incentive Based Programs, Gym Membership Discounts)
  • Employee Discount Program (e.g. theme parks, cell phone, etc.)
  • Child Care Resources
  • 1st United Services Credit Union 

*Eligibility is determined by Alameda County and offerings may vary by collective bargaining agreement.  This provides a brief summary of the benefits offered and can be subject to change.


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