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Deputy Sheriff I - Academy Certified

Recruitment #0124-RP1002-AC


This recruitment is being conducted to fill Deputy Sheriff I - Academy Certified opportunities in the San Joaquin County Sheriff's Office and to establish an eligible list which may be used to fill future vacancies. 

Pre-Employment Physical, Drug Screen and Background: Potential new hires into this classification are required to successfully pass a pre-employment physical examination, a pre-employment drug screen and a background investigation as a condition of employment.  Final appointment cannot be made unless the eligible candidate has passed the drug screen, physical and successfully completed the background process. The County pays for the initial drug screen and physical.

Hiring Incentive Program: 

The San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Office offers a hiring incentive in the amount of $10,000 ($3,000 upon hire, $3,000 after completion of field/on-the job training, $4,000 after completion of 6th year of service). The department will award the cash incentive to any person who is hired for the position of Correctional Officer - Lateral within the timeframes this program is active and so approved by the San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors. 

Additionally, a moving stipend reimbursement up to $2,000.00 for any cost directly associated with relocating their primary residence as a result of gaining employment with this office is available.

The following incentives may also be available for eligible new hires, subject to approval by Human Resources:

  • Vacation Accrual Rate: San Joaquin County vacation accrual rate consistent with the candidate's total years of public service. 
  • Sick Leave: Candidates leaving other employment may receive credit for actual non-reimbursable sick leave hours (up to 160 hours) from their last agency. Hours shall be subject to San Joaquin County's minimum sick leave cash out provisions.

Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of an application. A completed application must be postmarked or received online by the final filing deadline.

NOTE: All correspondences relating to this recruitment will be delivered via e-mail. The e-mail account used will be the one provided on your employment application during time of submittal. Please be sure to check your e-mail often for updates. If you do not have an e-mail account on file, Human Resources will send you correspondences via US Mail.


  • Patrols County areas and enforces laws; checks homes, business establishments, schools and other features of the area for crime, suspicious circumstances and hazardous conditions; operates electronic communication equipment and responds to calls to preserve the peace and enforce laws to improve effectiveness and meet community needs; apprehends suspects and renders assistance; obtains statements and information.  

  • Learns to and conducts investigations of complaint and criminal violations; gathers, maintains, and protects evidence; interviews victims, witnesses and suspects.

  • Learns to and performs coroner duties including, identification of decedent; identifies and notifies next of kin; routine inspections of bodies involved in traumatic or unexpected deaths as well as the scene of the incidents; maintains and protects property of deceased persons.

  • May supervise inmates in a variety of activities at detention facilities.

  • Services as bailiff,  maintains security of and order in the court and removes disorderly persons when necessary; provides for security and safety of judges, jury  deliberations, jurors, and the public; provides security and transportation of inmates to and from courts and other locations as required.

  • Serves and executes civil process.

  • Patrols County waterways in boats; responds to and investigates reports of law violations and accidents; issues citations and makes physical arrest.

  • Testifies at hearings and trials. 

  • Prepares incident, arrest, investigation and related reports. 

  • Administers first aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) as required.


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 21 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: Possession of a valid California driver’s license.


Certificates: Possession of a valid POST Basic Academy Completion Certificate issued by the California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training. Applicants who, at the time of application, meet all other requirements and present satisfactory evidence of current Academy enrollment (generally a letter of attendance signed by the Academy Director) will be accepted to the examination process but must complete the Academy training and provide a copy of the POST Basic Academy Completion Certificate prior to appointment. 


Note:  Supplemental application must be submitted with employment application.


Law enforcement practices, procedures, and resources; laws and ordinances of  federal, state, and County general law enforcement; guidelines pertaining to police confidentiality; patrol and investigative practices and techniques; departmental policies and procedures; principles and methods of interviewing and interrogation; sociological concepts and communication skills in dealing with a diverse population; self defense tactics; procedures and laws governing obtaining and preservation of evidence; methods of personal identification used in law enforcement; principles of normal and abnormal human behavior; community public and private agency resources; public relations techniques; first aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR); use and care of firearms; police report writing techniques; basic computer and modern office automation technology and pertinent software programs.


Understand, interpret and apply laws, regulations, and ordinances related to law enforcement; enforce laws and ordinances; evaluate situations and determine appropriate courses of action; be honest and tactful in both pleasant and unpleasant situations; obtain information through interviews, interrogations and observations; record observations clearly and accurately; relate to a wide variety of socio-economic, cultural and ethnic backgrounds; physically restrain or subdue suspects for the safety of themselves and others; understand and follow oral and written instructions; communicate effectively both orally and in writing; exercise sound judgment and stay calm at all times including stressful and emergency situations; work effectively with inmates, fellow officers, public officials,  general public, and others; apply proper techniques of arrest and restraint;  work different shifts, weekends, holidays and extended schedules; perform duties while wearing required safety equipment; safely operate emergency response vehicles; operate and care for a variety of specialized law enforcement equipment, including firearms, restraints and tactical equipment; operate electronic communications equipment; 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; Environmental-Frequent exposure to noise and varied weather conditions.


Health Insurance:  San Joaquin County provides employees with a choice of three health plans:  a Kaiser Plan, a Select Plan, and a Premier Plan.  There is no cost for employee only coverage in the Kaiser and Select Plans.  Dependent coverage is available for all plans, with the employee paying a portion of the premiums.

Dental Insurance: The County provides employees with a choice of two dental plans:  Delta Dental and United Health Care-Select Managed Care Direct Compensation Plan.  There is no cost for employee only coverage in either plan; dependent coverage is available at the employee’s expense.

Vision Insurance:  The County provides vision coverage through Vision Service Plan (VSP).  There is no cost for employee only coverage; dependent coverage is available at the employee’s expense.

For more detailed information on the County’s benefits program, visit our website at under Human Resources/Benefits. 

Life Insurance: The County provides eligible employees with life insurance coverage as follows

 1 but less than 3 years of continuous service:                   $1,000
3 but less than 5 years of continuous service:                   $3,000
5 but less than 10 years of continuous service:                 $5,000
10 years of continuous service or more:                           $10,000

Regular employees in this unit shall be provided with a County-paid term life insurance policy with a face value of $40,000.  The policy shall include a double indemnity accidental death and dismemberment provision. 

Employees may purchase additional term life insurance to a maximum of $200,000 at the group rate. 

125 Flexible Benefits Plan:  This is a voluntary program that allows employees to use pre-tax dollars to pay for health-related expenses that are not paid by a medical, dental or vision plan (Health Flexible Spending Account $2550 annual limit with a $500 carry over); and dependent care costs (Dependent Care Assistance Plan $5000 annual limit). 

Retirement Plan:  Employees of the County are covered by the County Retirement Act of 1937.  Please visit the San Joaquin County Employees’ Retirement Association (SJCERA) at for more information.  NOTE:  If you are receiving a retirement allowance from another California county covered by the County Retirement Act of 1937 or from any governmental agency covered by the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (PERS), you are advised to contact the Retirement Officer of the Retirement Plan from which you retired to determine what effect employment in San Joaquin County would have on your retirement allowance.

Deferred Compensation:  The County maintains a deferred compensation plan under Section 457 of the IRS code. You may annually contribute $18,000 or 100% of your includible compensation, whichever is less.  Individuals age 50 or older may contribute to their plan, up to $24,000. The Roth IRA (after tax) is also now available.

Vacation:  Maximum earned vacation is 10 days each year up to 3 years; 15 days after 3 years; 20 days after 10 years; and 23 days after 20 years. 

Holiday:  14 paid holidays per year. 

Sick Leave:  12 working days of sick leave annually with unlimited accumulation.  Sick leave incentive:  An employee is eligible to receive eight hours administrative leave if the leave balance equals at least one-half of the cumulative amount that the employee is eligible to accrue.  The employee must also be on payroll during the entire calendar year. 

Bereavement Leave:  3 days of paid leave for the death of an immediate family member, 2 additional days of accrued leave if the distance traveled is in excess of 300 miles each way. 

Merit Salary Increase:  New employees will receive the starting salary, which is the first step of the salary range.  After employees serve 52 weeks (2080 hours) on each step of the range, they are eligible for a merit increase to the next step. 

P.O.S.T. Pay:  Employees in this unit holding an Intermediate POST certificate shall continue to be compensated at 3% of base salary bi-weekly.  Employees in this unit holding an Advanced POST certificate shall be compensated at 10% base salary bi-weekly.  Employees in this unit holding an Advanced POST certificate and who have completed 15 years of service as a Deputy Sheriff, shall be compensated at 12.5% of base salary bi-weekly.  Employees in this unit holding an Advanced POST certificate and who have completed 24 years of service as a Deputy Sheriff shall be compensated 15% base salary bi-weekly. 

Additional Compensation:  Employees assigned to the duties of Field or Custody Training Officer (FTO) shall receive a pay supplement of five percent (5%) of their base salary while performing such duties.  Employees in the class of Deputy Sheriff II assigned to the Sheriff’s Department Detective Bureaus shall receive a pay supplement of five percent (5%) of their base salary while assigned to the Bureau.  Employees assigned to the Tactical or Explosive Ordinance Teams who are not receiving Detective or Field Training Officer supplements shall receive a pay supplement of five percent (5%) of their base salary while assigned to such teams.  Employees assigned to Boating Safety shall receive a supplement of five percent (5%) of their base pay while performing boating safety duties. 

Bilingual Pay:  Each employee who is designated by the appointing authority and approved by the County Administrator and who has passed a bilingual proficiency examination administered by Human Resources Division shall receive a biweekly supplement of five percent (5%) of their base pay. 

Uniform Allowance:  Employees in this unit shall receive a lump sum payment of $400 to offset purchase of new uniforms due to the change in Department uniforms.  Employees in this unit shall receive a lump sum uniform allowance of $1100 on or about the payday nearest December 1.  Employees in this unit shall receive a lump sum uniform allowance of $1200 on or about the payday nearest December 1, 2009 and on or about the payday nearest December 1 each year after. 

Pre-Employment Physical Exam:  If required, will be conducted at Dameron Hospital at no cost to the employee. 

Educational Reimbursement Program:  Eligible employees may be reimbursed for career-related course work up to a maximum of $850 per fiscal year.  Eligible employees enrolled in an approved four (4) year College or University academic program may be reimbursed up to $800 per semester for a maximum of $1600 per fiscal year. 

Parking Supplemental Downtown Stockton:  The County contributes up to $17 per pay period for employees who pay for parking and are assigned to work in the Downtown Core Area.

School Activities:  Employees may take up to 40 hours per year, but not more than eight (8) hours per month, to participate in their children’s school activities.

Selection Procedures

Civil Service Rule 10 – Section 3 – Eligibility for Promotional Examinations

To compete in a promotional examination, an employee must:

A. Meet the minimum qualifications of the class on or before the final filing date for filing applications.

B. Meet one of the following qualifying service requirements:

1. Have permanent status in the Classified Service.

2. Probationary, part-time, or temporary employees who have worked a minimum of 1040 hours in the previous 12 months or previous calendar year.

3. Exempt employees who have worked a minimum of 2,080 continuous and consecutive hours.

C. Have a rating of satisfactory or better on the last performance evaluation.

D. If a person whose name is on a promotional list is separated (except for layoff) the name shall be removed from the promotional list of the action.  

Employees who meet the minimum qualifications will go through one of the following examination process:

  • Written Exam: The civil service written exam is a multiple choice format.  If the written exam is administered alone, it will be 100% of the overall score.  Candidates must achieve a minimum rating of 70% in order to be placed on the eligible list.
  • Oral Exam:   The oral exam is a structured interview process that will assess the candidate’s education, training, and experience and may include a practical exercise.   The oral exam selection process is not a hiring interview.   A panel of up to four people will determine the candidate’s score and rank for placement on the eligible list.  Top candidates from the eligible list are referred for hiring interviews.  If the oral exam is administered alone, it will be 100% of the overall score.  Candidates must achieve a minimum rating of 70% in order to be placed on the eligible list. 
  • Written & Oral Exam:  If both a written exam and an oral exam is administered, the written exam is weighted at 60% and the oral exam is weighted at 40% unless otherwise indicated on the announcement.  Candidates must achieve a minimum rating of 70% on each examination in order to be placed on the eligible list.
  • Rate-out:  A rate-out is an examination that involves a paper rating of the candidate’s application using the following criteria: education, training, and experience. Candidates will not be scheduled for the rate-out process. 

Note:  The rating of 70 referred to may be the same or other than an arithmetic 70% of the total possible points.

Testing Accommodation:  Candidates who require testing accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) must call Human Resources Division at (209) 468-3370 prior to the examination date.   

Eligible Lists:   Candidates who pass the examination will be placed on an eligible list for that classification.  Eligible lists are effective for nine months, but may be extended by the Human Resources Director for a longer period which shall not exceed a total of three years for the date esblished.  

Certification/Referral: Names from the eligible list will be referred to the hiring department by the following methods.

  • Rule of Five:  The top five names will be referred for hiring interviews.  This applies only to department or countywide promotional examination.

Physical Exam:  Some classifications require physical examinations. Final appointment cannot be made until the eligible has passed the physical examination. The County pays for physical examinations administered in its medical facilities.

Employment of Relatives: Applicants who are relatives of employees in a department within the 3rd degree of relationship, (parent, child, grand parent, grand child or sibling) either by blood or marriage, may not be appointed, promoted, transferred into or within the department when;

·         They are related to the Appointing Authority or

·         The employment would result in one of them supervising the work of the other.

Department Head may establish additional limitations on the hiring of relatives by departmental rule.


Apply Online:

By mail or in person:  

San Joaquin County Human Resources

44 N. San Joaquin Street Suite 330

Stockton, CA 95202                                  


Office hours:               
Monday – Friday 8:00 am to 5:00 pm; excluding holidays.

Phone:  (209) 468-3370 


Job Line:

For current employment opportunities please call our 24-hour job line at (209) 468-3377. 

When a final filing date is indicated, applications must be filed with the Human Resources Division before 5:00 p.m. or postmarked by the final filing date. Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of an application. Applications sent through county inter-office mail, which are not received by the final filing date, will not be accepted. (The County assumes no responsibility for mailed applications which are not received by the Human Resources Division).  

San Joaquin County Substance Abuse Policy: San Joaquin County has adopted a Substance Abuse Policy in compliance with the Federal Drug Free Workplace Act of 1988. This policy is enforced by all San Joaquin County Departments and applies to all San Joaquin County employees.

Equal Opportunity Employer:  San Joaquin County is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Employer and is committed to providing equal employment to all without regard to age, ancestry, color, creed, marital status, medical condition, national origin, physical or mental disability, political affiliation or belief, pregnancy, race, religion, sex, or sexual orientation.  For more information go to

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