Placer County

Sheriff's Sergeant (#13820)

$44.09-$53.48 Hourly / $7,642.27-$9,269.87 Monthly / $91,707.20-$111,238.40 Yearly


To plan, organize, direct and supervise work on an assigned shift or unit within the Sheriff's Office; to instruct and assist subordinates in performance of their assigned duties; and to perform a variety of technical tasks relative to assigned area of responsibility.


The Supervisor/Sergeant level recognizes positions that perform full, first-line supervisory responsibilities including planning, assigning and evaluating the work of subordinates and is responsible for a program area within a work unit or department.


Receives general direction from a Sheriff's Lieutenant or other designated authority.

Exercises direct and indirect supervision over sworn and non-sworn personnel.


Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Recommend and assist in the implementation of unit goals and objectives; establish schedules and methods for assigned unit of the Sheriff's Office; implement policies and procedures.
  • Plan, prioritize, assign, supervise and review the work of staff involved in patrol, investigations, court security, administration and corrections.
  • When assigned to patrol, supervise patrol activities on an assigned shift; review field reports; assume responsibility as Incident Commander for major emergency situations; supervise field performance; determine deployment for shift; assimilate information for briefing; instruct officers in the enforcement of laws and ordinances, crime prevention and protection of life and property.
  • When assigned to correctional facilities, supervise deputies and other staff in main jail, Tahoe jail and minimum security facility on an assigned shift; supervise intakes and releases; take charge in emergency situations; instruct personnel in the jail operation in accordance with the minimum jail standards of California; review bookings and other daily paperwork; coordinate transportation of inmates.
  • When assigned to investigations, supervise deputies and participate in the investigation of cases, including crimes against persons, property, narcotics and vice-related activities; question witnesses, victims and suspects; gather evidence in a wide variety of civil and criminal matters; maintain control and direction of cases; make case assignments to deputies; review cases and work products for prosecution.
  • When assigned to court security, supervise deputies assigned as bailiffs to safeguard the courts; assist in scheduling and training for deputies; maintain a professional relationship with all court staff and administration; assist in correctional duties when multiple inmates are present in court.
  • When assigned to civil section, supervise staff in the service and execution of civil process both prior to and after judgment; receive and review incoming civil documents and distribute to staff for processing; enforce court orders; assist and advise other department personnel on job related civil calls and questions; communicate with courts, judges, attorneys and litigants; personally serve civil papers as required.
  • Recommend and assist in the implementation of unit goals and objectives; establish schedules and methods for deputies and other personnel under supervision; implement policies and procedures.
  • Evaluate operations and activities of assigned responsibilities; recommend improvements and modifications; prepare various reports on operations and activities.
  • Participate in budget preparation and administration; prepare cost estimates for budget recommendations; submit justifications for section or program needs; monitor and control expenditures.
  • Participate in the selection of staff; provide or coordinate staff training; conduct performance evaluations; recommend discipline; implement discipline procedures as directed.
  • Supervise, plan and direct the activities of special teams or projects as assigned by superiors, such as the field training officer program, crime prevention, police reserves, etc.
  • Supervise a crime scene until relieved by superior; supervise the gathering, handling and preserving of evidence.
  • Prepare reports; monitor personnel and equipment; assist in the scheduling of replacements on assigned shifts.
  • Answer questions and provide information to the public; investigate complaints and recommend corrective action as necessary to resolve complaints.
  • Build and maintain positive working relationships with co-workers, other County employees and the public using principles of good customer service.
  • Perform related duties as assigned.


Experience and Training:
Any combination of experience and training that would provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying.  A typical way to obtain the required knowledge and abilities would be:

Four years of increasingly responsible law enforcement experience, at least two years of which was obtained as a Deputy Sheriff II with Placer County Sheriff's Department.

Completion of the twelfth grade or G.E.D.

License or Certificate: 

  • May need to possess a valid driver's license as required by the position.  Proof of adequate vehicle insurance and medical clearance may also be required.
  • Possession of a Peace Officer Standards and Training Basic Certificate and be eligible to obtain a P.O.S.T. Supervisory Certificate within two years from date of appointment.


Knowledge of:

  • Principles, methods and techniques of law enforcement work; principles of criminal law, including the regulations surrounding arrest, search and seizure, rules of evidence and the laws governing jail procedures.
  • Organization, rules, regulations and procedures of the Sheriff's office.
  • Laws applicable to apprehension and treatment of juveniles.
  • Offensive and defensive weapons nomenclature and theory; use and care of firearms, chemical agents, baton and other related law enforcement paraphernalia.
  • Accepted procedures and methods of serving civil notices, especially those relating to the attachment and sale of property; nature and purposes of such documents as writs of attachment, subpoenas, citations and other civil papers.
  • Principles of supervision, training and performance evaluations.
  • Principles and practices of self-defense
  • Principles of budget monitoring.
  • Interviewing and interrogation techniques.
  • Principles and practices of work safety.
  • Pertinent local, State and Federal laws, ordinances and rules.
  • County geography, noting streets and building locations.

Ability to:

  • Organize, implement and direct law enforcement operations/ activities.
  • On a continuous basis, know and understand all aspects of a sworn peace officer's job; intermittently analyze work papers, reports and special projects; remember accounts given by witnesses; identify crime suspects; interpret and apply the law to field situations; observe while conducting surveillance; problem solve crime situations; and explain law to public.
  • On an intermittent basis, sit at desk or in patrol vehicle; walk and stand during patrol activities; bend, squat and kneel during inspection of crime scene or conducting building searches; climb stairs and/or ladders while in the field; twist while making arrests; perform simple and power grasping, pushing, pulling and fine manipulation.  Continuously wearing utility belt and other law enforcement equipment of 30 pounds; and intermittently lift very heavy weight
  • Supervise, train and evaluate assigned staff.
  • Interpret and explain pertinent County and Department policies and procedures.
  • Assist in the development and monitoring of an assigned program budget.
  • Analyze situations accurately and adopt effective courses of action; exercise good judgment and make sound decisions under a variety of conditions; resolve conflicts in an effective manner.
  • Work effectively in stressful situations; act quickly and calmly in emergencies.
  • Develop and recommend policies and procedures related to assigned operations.
  • Enforce the law firmly, tactfully and impartially; deal courteously with the general public, subordinates, employee organizations, other County departments and other agencies; interpret, explain and apply laws and regulations to staff and the public.
  • Skillfully and properly use and care for firearms.
  • Maintain good physical, emotional and mental condition to satisfactorily perform the functions of the position; meet and maintain required peace officer employment standards to safely and effectively perform assigned duties.
  • Obtain information through interviewing and interrogation.
  • Work with various cultural and ethnic groups in a tactful and effective manner.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.

CLASS: 13820; EST: 9/2/1995; REV: ;