Sunday, July 5, 2020

Deputy Sheriff's Recruit

Recruitment #17-8601-01



THIS IS A REOPENING OF AN EXISTING EXAMINATION.  If you have previously applied or started an application for the Deputy Sheriff's Recruit, Examination #17-8601-01, please contact the examination analyst, Elaine Lemi at to reapply.  In order to reapply you must contact the analyst to have your previous application released back to you.

The scores and dispositions of candidates for this examination will be merged with previous exam participants.  If you have previously submitted an application and choose to reapply, you new score/disposition will replace your current disposition.

Application and Supplemental Questionnaire:  A properly completed Supplemental Questionnaire must be submitted with each application.  Applications and Supplemental Questionnaires must be in the possession of the Human Resource Services Department by 5:00 p.m. on the Last Day for Filing. Failure to submit the supplemental questionnaire will result in disqualification.  Applications will be accepted beginning Tuesday, March 19, 2019.  Applications and supplemental questionnaire will only be accepted on-line.


Veterans who pass the examination process and provide a DD214 that meets the County’s criteria will receive additional points added to their final overall score. 

Please read the announcement in its entirety for important dates and information.




The Alameda County Sheriff's Office is a full service law enforcement agency accredited through the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) and the American Correctional Association (ACA). Additionally, the agency's health care provider, Prison Health Services, has dual accreditation through the National Commission on Correctional Health Care (NCCHC) and the California Medical Association (CMA). Together, these form what is referred to as the "Triple Crown" of accreditation (ACA, NCCHC/CMA and CALEA) awarded by the National Sheriff's Association. Additionally, the Sheriff's Office Crime Lab is nationally accredited by the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors (ASCLD). The Sheriff's Office Explosive Ordinance Disposal Unit has also been awarded national accreditation through the Bomb Squad Commanders Advisory Board.

The Sheriff's Office has a current budget of approximately $444 million and has over 1600 authorized positions, including in excess of 1000 sworn personnel. The agency's Chief Executive Officer is Sheriff / Coroner Gregory J. Ahern, who is assisted in the operation of the agency by Undersheriff Richard T. Lucia, Assistant Sheriff's Casey Nice and Dennis Houghtelling.

The Sheriff of Alameda County is responsible for a vast array of tasks and duties, including the following:

•     Providing security to the Consolidated Superior Courts
•     Operating the Coroner's Bureau
•     Operating a full service criminalistics laboratory
•     Performing Civil Process
•     Operating a County Jail (Santa Rita)
•     Operating the County Office of Emergency Services
•     Providing patrol and investigative services to the unincorporated areas of Alameda County
•     Pursuant to contractual agreements, providing patrol and investigative services to the City of Dublin, Peralta Community College District, Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum complex, Oakland International Airport, Highland County Hospital, Social Services, and to the Alameda-Contra Costa Transit District
•     Conducting a basic academy pursuant to Police Officer Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.) requirements. [Sheriff's Academy Web Site]
•     Providing Fish and Game enforcement
•     Project Director of the Narcotics Task Force
•     Serving as the Executive Director of the Sexual Assault Felony Enforcement (SAFE) Task Force
•     Operating a Marine Patrol Unit in the San Francisco Bay waters.

For more detailed information about the agency, visit:  Alameda County Sheriff's Office


Deputy Sheriff Recruit is the entry-level law enforcement position for Alameda County. This classification exists solely for those attending the Sheriff's Office Peace Officers Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.) Certified Academy.
Deputy Sheriff Recruit is a classification characterized by assignment to a P.O.S.T. Certified Academy. Under close supervision during this Academy, the Recruit will receive intensive academic instruction in law enforcement combined with rigorous physical fitness training. Upon successful completion of the Academy, recruits will be sworn in as Peace Officers and promoted to Deputy Sheriff I.

For more detailed information about the job classification, visit:  Deputy Sheriff's Recruit (#8601)




Graduation from high school or possession of an acceptable equivalency certificate, such as the General Educational Development Certificate (State of California).


Valid California State Motor Vehicle Operator's License by the time of appointment to Deputy Sheriff I.


Must be at least 21 years of age at the time of appointment to Deputy Sheriff I.


If not a citizen of the United States, must have filed for citizenship at least one year before applying for Deputy Sheriff Recruit.

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


The most suitably qualified candidates will possess the following competencies: 

• Read, understand, interpret and applying complex policies, rules, laws, and ordinances pertaining to law enforcement work.
• Write clear, concise, comprehensive reports.
• Accurately observe and remember names, faces, numbers, and events.
• Establish and maintain effective working relations with others.
• Use good judgment in emergency or critical situations.
• Communicate clearly and concisely, verbally, and in writing.
• Perform routine clerical and record-keeping duties.

Special Requirements

A thorough background investigation and psychological examination will be made of all prospective Deputy Sheriff Recruits. A record of any felony conviction will result in disqualification.

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 Commission approved safety member physical standards.


1) A review of candidates' applications and supplemental questionnaire to verify possession of minimum requirements. Those candidates who possess the minimum requirements for the class will move on to the next step in the examination process.

2) A WRITTEN TEST (Qualifying only). Alameda County will accept T-scores from other agencies as this written will be the POST Entry Level Law Enforcement Test Battery written exam (PELLETB).   The acceptable pass point of the POST exam will be 45.  Please note - if you are submitting a T-score from Alameda County or another agency, it must be on the agency's letterhead and the test date must be 4/20/2018 through 4/20/2019.  Candidates scoring a 45 or higher will move on to the next step in the examination process.

3) A PHYSICAL ABILITIES TEST (Qualifying only).  Candidates passing this test will move on to the next step in the examination process.

4) An ORAL EXAMINATION which will be weighted as 100% of the candidate's final examination score.

5) A thorough BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION and PSYCHOLOGICAL EXAMINATION will be made of all prospective Deputy Sheriff Recruits. A record of any felony conviction will result in disqualification.


Alameda County utilizes a Civil Service Selection System founded on merit.  Such a system is competitive and based on broad recruitment efforts and equal opportunity for qualified applicants to test in an examination process designed to determine the qualifications, fitness and ability of competitors to perform duties of the vacant position.  Many of our recruitments are targeted and specific to the needs of a current vacant position, in which case, the eligible list may be exclusively used for that current vacant position.  Other recruitments may be more broadly used for both current and future vacancies, or for other alternate jobs with comparable scopes of work.

For more information on the Civil Service Selection process, please visit the “What You Need to Know” section of our website,

Selection Plan

Applicants will be informed via e-mail with reasonable notice in advance of any examination process which will require their attendance. The following dates are tentative and subject to change based on the needs of the Agency:



Deadline for Filing:

Tuesday, April 2, 2019, at 5:00 PM

Review of Applications and Supplemental Questionnaires for Minimum Qualification:

Friday, April 5, 2019

PELLETB Written Test

Saturday, April 20, 2019

Physical Abilities Test (PAT)

Saturday, May 11, 2019

Oral Exam

Week of June 3, 2019

March 7, 2019:  Recruitment Announcement Release

March 19, 2019 – April 2, 2019: We will accept applications during this period.  All applications must be completed according to the instructions.  Incomplete applications, and resumes in lieu of properly completed applications, will not be considered.  Applications and supplemental questionnaires will only be accepted electronically, via the County's online application system by 5pm on the deadline for filing.  Please note that completing an application template is not the same as submitting an application for this position.  To apply for the position, select the "Click Here to Apply" link on the announcement.

April 20, 2019: Written Test (Qualifying Only). Applicants that meet minimum qualifications will be scheduled to take the Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) Entry-Level Law Enforcement Test Battery (PELLETB). Those passing the written exam, with a score of 45 or higher, will be invited to the Physical Abilities Test (PAT). Candidates who have taken this test with Alameda County or another agency within the past 12 months (test date on or after 4/20/2018), and wish to submit their T-Scores in lieu of taking the test, should submit their scores, on the agency's letterhead, to no later than 5pm, April 24, 2019.


April 24, 2019: Cutoff to Accept T-Scores.  T-Scores will not be accepted after 5pm on this date.  T-Scores should be dated (test date) within the last 12 months of our Written Test date of 4/20/2019.  T-Scores dated 4/20/2018 through 4/20/2019 should be emailed to  Scores received after 5pm will not be accepted.


April 27, 2019: Practice Physical Abilities Test.  Although not a test component or part of the selection plan, a practice PAT will be held at the Regional Training Center track located at 6289 Madigan Road in Dublin, CA. Sheriff’s Office staff will be available to provide assistance and guidance to candidates on all aspects of the PAT. Candidates who choose to participate in the practice should wear athletic clothing and arrive at the bleachers any time between the hours of 8am - 5pm. Participation in the practice PAT does not guarantee continued participation in the exam process. Guidance and assistance is not provided on the day of the actual PAT.


May 11, 2019:  Physical Abilities Test (Qualifying only) to assess candidates’ abilities to perform the physical aspects of law enforcement work. Those passing the PAT will be scheduled for the Oral Board Interview.


Week of June 3, 2019: Oral Board Interviews (weighted as 100% of the candidate's score) will consist of an evaluation conducted by an interview panel (the oral exam may include situational exercises).


Candidates will be required to present a valid photo I.D. for admittance to each phase of the examination, i.e., driver's license, military I.D., Passport, or California Department of Motor Vehicle's I.D. card.  





Alameda County and the Human Resource Services Department will make reasonable efforts in the examination and/or selection process to accommodate qualified individuals with disabilities and/or medical conditions in accordance/compliance with the State Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA), Federal Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Alameda County’s Reasonable Accommodation Policy and applicable statues.  To request an accommodation due to a disability/medical condition during this or other phases of the examination/selection process, please contact the assigned Human Resources Representative listed on the job announcement before the last date of filing. Alameda County requires applicants to provide supporting documentation to substantiate a request for reasonable accommodation. In order to qualify for a reasonable accommodation, applicants must have a disability/medical condition pursuant to the ADA, FEHA and applicable statutes.  


For more information regarding our Reasonable Accommodation procedures, please visit our website,


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

  • 11 paid holidays
  • Floating Holidays
  • Vacation and sick leave accrual
  • Vacation purchase program
  • Catastrophic Sick Leave
  • Employee Mortgage Loan Program
  • 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.



All notices related to County recruitments for which you have applied will be sent/delivered via email. Please add and as accepted addresses to any email blocking or spam filtering program you may use. If you do not do this, your email blocking or spam filtering program may block receipt of the notices regarding your application for recruitments. You are also strongly advised to regularly log into your County of Alameda online application account to check for notices that may have been sent to you. All email notices that will be sent to you will also be kept in your personal online application account. You will be able to view all of your notices in your online application account by clicking on the "My applications" button on the Current Job Openings page.

Please take the steps recommended above to ensure you do not miss any notices about a recruitment for which you have applied. The County of Alameda is not responsible for notices that are not read, received or accessed by any applicant for a County recruitment.

NOTE: All notices are generated through an automated email notification system. Replies to the email box are routed to an unmonitored mailbox. All notices are generated through an automated email notification system. Replies to the email box are routed to an unmonitored mailbox. If you have questions please go to our website at You may also contact the Human Resources Analyst listed on the job announcement for the recruitment for which you have applied.


Elaine Lemi | Human Resources Analyst
Human Resource Services, County of Alameda
(510) 272-6434 |


Alameda County is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Click on a link below to apply for this position:

Fill out the Supplemental Questionnaire and Application NOW using the Internet. Apply Online
View and print the Supplemental Questionnaire. This recruitment requires completion of a supplemental questionnaire. You may view and print the supplemental questionnaire here.