Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Sheriff's Safety Aide

Recruitment #19-8752-01


THIS IS A NEW ASSEMBLED EXAMINATION.  The eligible list resulting from this examination will cancel any existing list and may last approximately one year, but can be extended.

Supplemental Questionnaire:  A properly completed Supplemental Questionnaire must be submitted with each application.  Failure to submit the Application or Supplemental Questionnaire will result in disqualification.

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. Applications and supplemental questionnaires will only be accepted on-line.


The Alameda County Sheriff's Office is a full service law enforcement agency accredited through the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) for its law enforcement services, its Regional Training Center,  and its Dispatch Unit; the American Correctional Association (ACA) for its Detentions and Corrections Division; the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors Laboratory Accreditation Board for its Crime Lab; the Bomb Squad Commanders Advisory Board for its Explosive Ordinance Unit.  Additionally, the agency's health care provider, Well Path, has experience working with the National Commission on Correctional Health Care (NCCHC). 

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 County Jails (Santa Rita and Glenn E. Dyer Detention Facility)
•     Operating the County Office of Emergency Services
•     Providing patrol and investigative services to the unincorporated areas of Alameda County
•     Provide law enforcements under several contractual agreements to include patrol and investigative services to the City of Dublin, the Peralta Community College District, the Oakland International Airport, Highland Hospital, Children's 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


The Alameda County Sheriff's Office is looking to fill vacancies for the position of Sheriff's Safety Aide at  the Oakland International Airport (Airport Services) in Oakland. This recruitment will be used to fill the existing vacancies and create an eligible list for future vacancies at the Oakland International Airport.

Under general supervision, to aid in providing public safety services by observing assigned areas and activities, documenting and reporting suspicious activities to appropriate Sheriff’s Office staff, to assist the general public and to do related work as required.

Sheriff’s Safety Aides will work at selected locations as designated by the Sheriff’s Office. This class is distinguished from the class of Sheriff’s Technician in that the duties assigned to Sheriff’s Safety Aides are neither as extensive nor as technical as those assigned to the former class. Sheriff’s Safety Aides will attend and must successfully complete the Sheriff’s Safety Aide Field Training Program. Sheriff’s Safety Aides are primarily assigned to a fixed or rotating post to observe specific areas and activities and to report those observations, either verbally or in writing, to the sworn officers of the Sheriff’s Office.

For more detailed information about the job classification including summary of duties, visit:  Sheriff's Safety Aide (#8752)



Education and Experience:

Possession of a high school diploma, G.E.D. equivalency or high school proficiency certificate.

Any combination of experience, training and/or education, which would allow a candidate to possess the knowledge, skills, and abilities, required below.


Possession of a valid California State Motor Vehicle Operator's license.

Special Requirements:

Must have eyesight correctable to 20/20 with or without the use of corrective lenses, including freedom from color blindness.

Must hear and speak suitably for normal conversation

Must pass a thorough background investigation.

Must be available to work varying shifts of 8, 10, or 12 hours, days, evenings, weekends and rotating shifts including weekends and holidays.

Must be able to accept positions throughout Alameda County and be subject to rotation of assignments.

Must wear a uniform as specified by the Sheriff.

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:

Knowledge of:

• Basic security principals.

Ability to:

• Safely operate a motor vehicle.
• Operate public safety communications equipment (hand held, portable or mobile two-way radios).
• Communicate clearly and concisely in writing.
• Observe and accurately report on activities relating to public safety functions.
• Maintain accurate records.
• Work courteously with the public.
• Demonstrate interpersonal sensitivity.
• Work independently.
• Use good judgment in emergency or critical situations.
• Read and comprehend written policies and directives.
• Pay attention to details of and strictly enforce the safety regulations for the assigned duty station.
• Be attentive and alert to the details of the surrounding work areas for up to 12 hours at a time.
• Decipher radio traffic.
• Anticipate and identify approaching, vehicles.
• Detect warning sounds/alarms and recognize related danger.
• Ascertain sound direction.
• Walk or stand for long periods of time.
• Work outside in all types of weather.
• Effectively communicate verbally with the public and other employees.


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 EXAMINATION (Qualifying only).  Candidates passing this test will move on to the next step in the examination process.

3) An ORAL EXAMINATION which will be weighted as 100% of the candidate's final examination score.  The oral interview may contain situational exercises.


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 email 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:

Friday, April 19, 2019 at 5:00 PM

Review of Applications for Minimum Qualifications:

Friday, May 3, 2019

Written Exam

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Oral Interviews

*July 16 and 17, 2019

*Updated 6/18/2019


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 statutes. 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.



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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