Deputy Sheriff Trainee (#RP1000)
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$31.45-$38.23 Hourly / $5,451.60-$6,626.46 Monthly / $65,419.29-$79,517.56 Yearly


Under immediate supervision, receives intensive academic instruction in law enforcement at a California Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) Certified Basic Academy; receives other assignments on a training basis to learn departmental policies and procedures; and does related or other work as required in accordance with Rule 3, Section 3 of the Civil Service Rules.


This is the trainee level class in the Deputy Sheriff series.  Incumbents in this class are assigned to attend a POST Certified Basic Academy and may perform non-enforcement duties. Emphasis is placed on community-based policing, familiarization between law enforcement and the community, and collaborative problem solving. Upon successful completion of the Academy, trainees will be sworn in as Peace Officers and are eligible to move to the entry-level class of Deputy Sheriff I – Academy Certified upon graduation from the Academy and reaching 21 years of age.


  • Attends the assigned POST Certified Basic Academy and successfully meet all academic and physical requirements. 
  • Receives training in the use of a variety of law enforcement equipment, physical fitness techniques, arrest control techniques, and other required trainings.
  • Learns the principles and techniques of community-based policing and of interviewing victims, witnesses, and suspects; learns how to determine appropriate courses of action when faced with potentially violent situations.    
  • Develops and maintains positive relations with the public to resolve issues, gain compliance, and build trust; exchanges crime related and general information with other law enforcement agencies.
  • Learns and may assist in operating electronic communication equipment to transmit and receive messages from electronic communication equipped vehicles and other stations.
  • Learns to prepare a variety of reports and correspondence to meet department policy and protocol.
  • May assist Deputy Sheriffs on routine calls in a learning capacity.
  • May assist with supervision of inmates in a variety of activities at the detention facility.


Education: Graduation from an accredited high school or possession of a General Education Development certificate (G.E.D), or have attained a two-year or four-year degree from an accredited institution.



(1)   Be at least 20.5 years of age upon appointment;

(2)   Meet minimum standards required for Peace Officers as set forth in Section 1029 and 1031 of the Government Code;   

(3)   Pass background investigation conducted by Sheriff’s Department, and;

(4)   Meet physical standards established for safety members.

Licenses and Certificates: Possession of a valid California driver’s license.

Special Requirement: Successful completion of the POST Certified Basic Academy is required. Failure to complete the academy may result in release from employment.


Basic English grammar, composition, spelling and punctuation; basic mathematics; effective problem solving techniques; learns guidelines pertaining to police confidentiality; basic vehicle laws and regulations; basic public relations principles; basic computer and modern office automation technology; professional ethics.


Learn principles and methods of law enforcement and community-based policing; follow directions accurately and precisely; learn to operate and care for a variety of specialized law enforcement equipment, including firearms, restraints and tactical equipment; understand and follow written and oral instructions; prepare written reports; apply pertinent codes and regulations; perform basic arithmetic calculations; communicate effectively, both orally and in writing; operate electronic communication equipment; establish and maintain effective working relationships; exercise sound judgment at all times including stressful and emergency situations; use independent judgment and adopt quick, effective and responsible course of action; learn principles of conflict de-escalation; be honest, fair, equitable, and tactful in both pleasant and unpleasant situations;  work effectively and collaboratively with inmates, fellow officers, public officials,  general public, and others; relate to a wide variety of socio-economic, cultural and ethnic backgrounds; foster and develop collaborative partnerships with community members and organizations to proactively solve problems; perform duties while wearing required safety equipment; safely operate emergency response vehicles; function as a liaison between San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Office and local law enforcement agencies; work different shifts, weekends, holidays and extended schedules; operate basic computer hardware and software.


Mobility–frequent operation of a data entry device; repetitive motion; sitting, standing, walking for extended periods of time; driving; frequent running, pushing, pulling, bending, squatting, climbing, crawling; drag 5 to 165 lbs; Lifting–frequently 5 to 75 lbs; occasional lifting/turning of heavy objects or people;  Visual–constant good overall vision, reading/close-up work; color perception and use eye/hand coordination; frequent use of depth perception and field/peripheral vision; Dexterity–frequent reaching; grasping; repetitive motion; writing; Hearing/Talking–frequent hearing of normal speech, hearing/talking on the telephone/radio, talking in person; ability to hear faint sounds; Emotional/Psychological–constant decision making, concentration, and public contact; public speaking; dealing with emergency situations; frequent working alone; occasional exposure to trauma, grief, and death, hazardous materials; Special Requirements–wear assigned safety equipment; work different shifts, weekends, holidays and extended schedules; Environmentalfrequent exposure to noise and varied weather conditions. 

San Joaquin County complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and, upon request, will consider reasonable accommodations to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential job functions.

CLASS: RP1000; EST: 4/8/1987; REV: 11/30/2022;