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Under close supervision, attends an approved Peace Officers Standards and Training (POST) basic police academy to be trained to perform law enforcement service; and does other work as required.

Distinguishing Characteristics

This is a non-sworn trainee level classification in the Sheriff's Office and is distinguished from the next higher level of Deputy Sheriff by being a non-sworn position with no peace officer powers. Incumbents in this class attend a police academy for basic training. Upon successful completion of the basic academy, incumbents are expected to promote to Deputy Sheriff.

Typical Tasks

Attends Police Officers Standards of Training Police Academy; may assist in routine law enforcement support duties which do not require a sworn Deputy Sheriff including, but not limited to the following: takes information for reports and answers questions; keeps records and performs clerical tasks; takes fingerprints and photographs; delivers community relations programs; responds to non-emergency calls from citizens to take reports; collects information and data; transports materials and people; prepares records and reports.

Employment Standards

Knowledge of:

Some knowledge of:

  • Human motivation and behavior.
  • Functions of local law enforcement agency.

Ability to:

  • Understand, interpret and apply State and local laws and departmental policies and procedures.
  • React quickly and calmly in emergency situations and adopt an effective course of action.
  • Follow oral and written instructions.
  • Learn to operate firearms safely and skillfully.
  • Obtain information through interview, interrogation and observation.
  • Write clear and accurate reports.
  • Establish and maintain effective relationships.
  • Successfully complete an approved Peace Officers Standards and Training (POST) basic police academy.

Physical Ability to:

  • Perform tasks and complete coursework required to graduate from an approved Peace Officers Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.) basic police academy.
  • Perform a variety of physically strenuous activities, such as pursuing and restraining suspects and lifting injured persons (in a training capacity).
  • Normal color vision and unrestricted peripheral vision.  If no corrective lenses worn, vision of at least 20/20.  If glasses worn, uncorrected vision of at least 20/100, correcting to 20/20.  If soft contact lenses are worn, vision of at least 20/200, correcting to 20/20 with one year minimum of successful contact lens use.  Candidates who have had corrective eye surgery must meet all applicable vision guidelines at all times of day.  A minimum of one year must have elapsed between surgery and examination, and all post-operative records must be submitted for review.

Education:  Graduation from high school or attainment of a satisfactory score on G.E.D. test, as required for admittance to mandatory P.O.S.T. training.

Special Requirements, Conditions:

License: Possession of a valid California class C driver license.

Background Investigation: Ability to pass a full background investigation.

Special Working Conditions: Exposure to variable temperatures and weather conditions; confined work spaces; heights; two-way radio noise; strong, unpleasant odors; infections which might cause chronic disease or death; dust and pollens; chemical irritants; possibility of experiencing bodily injury and/or burns; contact with a diverse population;

Other Special Requirements: Must be a citizen of the United States or a permanent resident alien who has applied for citizenship at least one year prior to application for employment in accordance with Section 1031.5 of the Government Code; must be available to work nights, weekends and/or holidays. Note: Must be at least 21 years of age at completion of academy.



Bargaining Unit: Operating Engineers
EEOC Job Category: 04
Occupational Grouping: 62
Worker's Comp Code: 1073
Analyst: LM
Date Revised: 1/94

CLASS: RE3; EST: 9/1/1988; REV: 4/1/2003;