Placer County

Assistant Deputy Sheriff I (#16295)

$34.84-$36.61 Hourly / $6,038.93-$6,345.73 Monthly / $72,467.20-$76,148.80 Yearly


To perform law enforcement and crime prevention work; to patrol assigned areas and enforce State and local laws; to guard and supervise prisoners in County detention facilities; and to take responsible charge of prisoners and jurors engaged in courtroom activities.


This is the Level I Reserve class in the Assistant Deputy Sheriff series.  This class is distinguished from the Assistant Deputy Sheriff - Level II Reserve by assignment of full peace officer powers.  These Peace Officer powers shall extend only for the duration of assignment to specific policing functions.  In addition, employees assigned to this class are expected to operate with greater independence and less supervision.  The employee may be required to work without immediate supervision of a Peace Officer possessing a Basic certificate issued by the Commission of Peace Officer Standards and Training.


Receives general supervision from sworn law enforcement staff.


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

  • Patrol assigned areas and answer calls for protection of life and property; gather evidence and take statements in connection with suspected criminal activities.
  • Substantiate finding of fact in court; serve warrants, civil documents and make arrests.
  • Direct traffic and enforce traffic laws; investigate accidents; assist and cooperate with other law enforcement agencies in investigations and arrests.
  • Maintain departmental files and records; prepare detailed reports of all activities; maintain firearms and other equipment in good working condition.
  • May participate in special security assignments on contract to community and public organizations.
  • Receive, book, fingerprint, photograph and assign prisoners to cells; prepare required records pertaining to period of commitment; receive and record personal property taken into custody.
  • Prepare records and reports and complete forms for the release or transfer of prisoners; recommend work assignments for prisoners; answer inquiries over the telephone and at the counter pertaining to jail policies and individual prisoners as allowed by jail regulations.
  • Receive and give receipts for bail money for prisoners; supervise trustees in performance of routine custodial work; transport prisoners to and from hospital, and to and from dining room; relieve as needed at communications desk.
  • Escort prisoners to and from court; maintain order during court proceedings; summon jurors and take assistant responsibility for them while they are deliberating or absent from the courtroom; call court to order and call prisoners and witnesses to the stand; see that courtroom is ready for use; escort juveniles to and from court; secure reference books and obtain files from the County Clerk's Office.
  • 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: 

Experience:  None required.            

Training:  Equivalent to the completion of the twelfth grade AND either completion of a current Basic P.O.S.T. Academy  OR service as a P.O.S.T. qualified peace officer, within three years prior to appointment OR completion of P.O.S.T. training modules III, II, and I.

Required 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.  


Knowledge of:

  • Basic principles and practices of law enforcement.
  • Rules of evidence pertaining to search and seizure and the preservation of evidence.
  • Laws applicable to the apprehension and treatment of juveniles.
  • Use and care of small firearms and other law enforcement equipment and tools.
  • Principles and practices of self-defense.
  • Interviewing and interrogation techniques.
Ability to:
  • Read and understand departmental policies, rules, instructions, laws, ordinance and general literature pertaining to law enforcement activities.
  • On a continuous basis, know and understand all aspects of a reserve deputy'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 police equipment of 30 pounds; and intermittently lift very heavy weight.
  • Demonstrate an aptitude for law enforcement work.
  • Learn, understand and interpret laws and regulations.
  • Learn standard broadcasting procedures of a police radio system.
  • Adopt quick, effective and reasonable courses of action, giving due regard to the surrounding hazards and circumstances of each situation; exercise good judgement and make sound decisions under a variety of conditions.
  • Write clear and comprehensive reports.
  • Understand and follow written and oral directions.
  • Communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
  • Work with various cultural and ethnic groups in a tactful and effective manner.
  • 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.
  • Work under physical and mental pressure and in potentially hazardous situations.

CLASS: 16295; EST: 9/1/1996; REV: 7/1/2002;