Deputy Sheriff Trainee (Part time/Extra help)

Stanislaus County - Stanislaus County, CA (30+ days ago)3.8

About the Department and the Position

This recruitment is being conducted to fill multiple vacancies for the Sheriff's Department and establish an eligible list to fill future part-time vacancies. While this is a continuous recruitment, we encourage you to apply immediately, as this recruitment may close at any time.

The tentative schedule of 2018 testing for this recruitment is as follows. Additional dates will be added in the future.

Apply by August 24, 2018

Physical agility and Written examinations are scheduled for September 5, 2018

Oral examinations are tentatively scheduled for the week of September 24, 2018 or the week of October 1, 2018


Cell phones are typically incompatible with the online application format or browser. We recommend using your laptop or home computer. If you are still having technical difficulties, please call NEOGOV at 1-855-524-5627.


The Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department is dedicated to serve and protect the community through the highest standards of professionalism and ethical conduct by ENFORCEMENT, PREVENTION and EDUCATION in partnership with our community.

Our Community demands the best service we can provide, and so we continually search for candidates who have a strong desire to make a positive impact on it. The Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department offers multiple career opportunities in an organization that maintains Pride in Service, Dedication to Duty and Excellence in Performance.


The Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department is recruiting to fill positions for Deputy Sheriff Trainee. Trainees will be required to pass an extensive background investigation and successfully complete a POST Certified Basic Law Enforcement Academy.

The Deputy Sheriff Trainee will attend the Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) Certified Basic Law Enforcement Academy. Upon successful completion of the Basic POST academy, trainees may be eligible to promote into a full-time position as a Deputy Sheriff. This individual will perform routine law enforcement and crime prevention duties. This position is subject to overtime, standby, shift, and callback assignments and performs related duties as assigned.

Trainees are expected to attend class regularly, maintain an acceptable grade point average, display class leadership, and conduct themselves in a manner consistent with the rules, regulations, policies and general orders of the Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department. Trainees will also perform other general non-law enforcement duties as assigned by the Department.

The County furnishes the trainee a service pistol, holster, gun belt, handcuffs, handcuff case, and academy uniforms.

This position is considered to be extra-help and a non-benefited position except for participation in the PARS retirement system.

In addition to Patrol, full-time employees may be assigned to Investigations, Court Security (Bailiffs) and Coroner assignments. The department also offers several special assignments including:
Bomb Squad
Dive Team
K9 Unit
Aero Squadron
Mounted Unit
Stanislaus Drug Enforcement Agency
Hostage Negotiations
Reservoirs & Off Highway Vehicle Parks
School Resource Officer
Veterans' Preference Program eligible job classification. For more information please click on the following link (Download PDF reader)
Typical Tasks
While attending the Basic POST Academy the Deputy Sheriff Trainee will complete State mandated training requirements learning to fulfill the duties of a Deputy Sheriff Trainee, which includes the following typical tasks:
Patrol assigned areas for the protection of life and property;
Serve legal papers such as subpoenas, summonses, complaints, and writs of attachment, execution and restitution;
Collect fees due the County and serve warrants and make arrests;
Conduct coroner's investigations and secure property;
Investigate accidents and administer first aid;
Receive and answer complaints;
Prepare reports and keep routine records;
Assist in the investigation of violations and/or offenses committed by or against juveniles;
Interrogate persons suspected of crimes and prepare evidence for court presentation;
Appear in court as a witness or arresting officer, transport prisoners, work in a custodial facility or in the courts; and
Perform identification and photographic work, and administrative or special assignments.
Minimum Qualifications (Skills, Ability, Knowledge, Education/Experience)
Secure information from witnesses and suspects;
Read and understand policies, instructions, laws and ordinances pertaining to law enforcement activities;
Write clear and comprehensive reports;
Demonstrate physical endurance, agility and strength;
Understand written and oral instructions;
Make independent decisions;
Work with and control sensitive, confidential information; and
Operate a motor vehicle.
Principles and practices of law enforcement and community regulations; and
Criminal law with particular reference to apprehension, arrest, search and seizures.
Graduation from high school or passage of high school level General Education Development (GED) test; AND
Physical/manipulative abilities required by the department; AND
Mental/cognitive abilities required by the department; AND
Possess a valid First Aid and CPR Certificate within six (6) months from the date of appointment; AND
Not less than 21 years of age at time of appointment; AND
Veterans' Preference Program eligible job classification.
No felony convictions. Must be of good moral character and must not have been convicted of a crime for which the punishment could have been imprisonment in a Federal penitentiary or State prison.
Possession of a valid California Class C Driver's License and remain free from repeated preventable accidents.
Applicant screening, in addition to the minimum qualifications, will focus on the following desirable categories. Please list any desirables you may have within the "Additional Information" section of the online application.

Prior military experience with honorable discharge; OR
T-Score of 55 or above.
It is important that you attach any documentation/verification to your application for the relevant education and licensure you possess listed under Minimum Qualification of this job announcement. Applications without this documentation attached will be rejected as incomplete. Candidates may fax documents to (209) 525-7020 OR brought into our office at 250 E. Hackett Road, Modesto, CA BEFORE 5 PM on the Final Filing Date or within 72 hours if the recruitment is continuous or until filled.

Ability to read or see objects under ambient, limited or artificial lighting and at a reasonable distance with sufficient clarity to permit their recording or accurate description, i.e., persons, vehicles, license numbers, addresses, street signs, items of property, written messages, printed material, etc.;
Ability to hear normal speech and other audible events, even in combination with other environmental noise, i.e., gunshots, cries for help, glass breaking, alarm bells ringing, tires squealing, etc.;
Ability to sit and stand for long periods of time;
Walk, run, jump, kneel, crouch, reach, twist, stoop, squat, crawl, and climb;
Carry the average weight of a person (approximately 165 pounds);
Take physical charge of a person who may resist arrest;
Work indoors and outdoors, including extreme heat and cold;
Tolerate extreme noise and vibrations; and
Work in a confined working space.
Application and Selection Procedures
Deputy Sheriff Trainees selected will be required to attend the Basic POST Academy at the Stanislaus County Regional Training Center. Stanislaus County will pay for the cost of the Basic POST Academy. Candidates who are currently enrolled in a Basic POST Academy may be eligible for sponsorship for the remainder of their academy and are highly encouraged to apply. At the completion of the academy and successful graduation, trainees may be eligible to promote into a full-time position with the department as a Deputy Sheriff. All trainees will be required to sign a contract prior to sponsorship and agree to work for Stanislaus County as a Deputy Sheriff for a minimum of three (3) years.

The Sheriff's Department will administer the POST Entrance Exam, which will include a written and physical agility test. Candidates must obtain a minimum T-Score of 45 on the entrance exam (written test);
Applicant must have successfully passed the POST Academy entrance exam with a minimum T-Score of 45 within the last 12 months.

Personal History Statement (PHS) Review - Pass/Fail:
All candidates are required to complete and bring a copy of their PHS to the oral interviews. Candidates without their completed PHS will not be allowed to participate in the interview process and will be disqualified from the recruitment.

Personal History Statement

Qualifying candidates will meet with a Sheriff's Background Investigator who will conduct a PHS Review. Those who satisfactorily perform in the PHS Review may have his/her name remain on the eligibility list for a minimum of six (6) months.

Candidates who pass all phases of testing will be invited, in rank order, to continue in the recruitment process.

Candidates must be available at any time on the dates above in order to continue in the recruitment process. There will be no exceptions or the rescheduling of dates for any reason.

A timed physical agility exam will be administered. The physical agility exam may include, but is not limited to, the following events: 500 yard run, 165 pound body drag, 99 yard agility obstacle course, six foot fence climb and six foot wall climb.

A timed written examination using the POST Entry-Level Law Enforcement Test Battery (PELLETB). The exam will contain sections in Spelling; Vocabulary, Clarity, Reading Comprehension and CLOZE.

Sample Test can be found on the following link: (Download PDF reader)

An oral examination will be administered during this recruitment. The oral panel consists of at least three panel members from the Sheriff's Department, community and/or local law enforcement. A minimum score of 70% must be obtained in order to continue in the process.

Assuming sufficient vacancies, a selected number of candidates will be chosen from the eligibility list to proceed in the selection process. As part of the selection process, candidates will be expected to pass a(n):

In-depth background investigation;
Computer Voice Stress Analysis (CVSA) or polygraph examination;
Psychological examination; and
Medical examination.
If you meet the requirements stated herein, you may compete in the selection process. Possession of the minimum qualifications does not assure your participation in this recruitment.

Unsatisfactory results in any aspect of the foregoing, including background investigation findings, may result in removal from the eligible list and termination from the trainee status.

All applicants are required to complete and submit the questionnaire for this examination at the time of filing. The supplemental questionnaire is considered part of the application and may be used throughout the examination process to assist in determining each applicant's qualifications and acceptability for the position.

All applications without a completed supplemental questionnaire will be disqualified.


Unless otherwise provided, this position is part of the Unclassified Service of the County and considered "at will" for labor relations purposes.

Individuals who are in a full-time classified position are required to serve a twelve-month probationary period, which may be extended an additional six months for a total of eighteen months. The probationary period does not apply to unclassified positions.


The County of Stanislaus is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants are encouraged to submit online application(s) for open position(s).

Stanislaus County is committed to establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with the general public, co-workers, supervisors, and members of diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds regardless of race, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, physical or mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, pregnancy related condition, marital status, gender/sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age (over 40), political affiliation or belief, or military or veteran status.


Applications cannot be submitted later than 5:00 p.m. on the final filing date. Make your online application as complete as possible so a full and realistic appraisal may be made of your qualifications.

Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of a completed application form.

Attaching your resume and cover letter are an optional feature for those who wish to do so in addition to completing the required application form. Information on your resume and cover letter will not substitute for the education, work experience and required fields on the County application. The online County application is the primary tool used to evaluate your job qualifications.


Arrangements may be made to accommodate disabilities and religious convictions. Applicants requiring testing accommodations are required to complete and submit the Testing Accommodation Request Form prior to the test administration date. Special arrangements for religious convictions should be included in the "Additional Information" section of the application form. (Download PDF reader)

Pass County-paid pre-employment drug screening and job-related background investigation.
Perform job duties in a manner assuring a safe working environment for oneself and others.
Establish and maintain effective working relationships with the general public, co-workers, supervisors, and members of diverse cultural origin, ancestry political affiliation, sex, sexual orientation, religion, marital status, age (over 40), pregnancy related condition, medical condition (cancer related). Physical (including AIDS) or mental disability.
Maintain confidential information according to the legal standards and/or County regulations as required.


Application and/or examination results may be appealed by applicants presenting facts alleging irregularity, fraud and/or error in application screening or in exam scoring. Appeals must be in writing and submitted to the Chief Executive Officer within seven (7) days after the examination results are mailed.


Stanislaus County reserves the right to revise the examination plan described in this flyer to better meet the needs of County service. The provisions of this flyer do not constitute an express or implied contract. Any provision contained in this flyer may be modified or revoked without notice. The information contained in the flyer is information, which sets forth a general summary of benefits for this respective position. This information is not legally binding. The benefits and other information regarding this position may be found in the Stanislaus County Code, the Stanislaus County Personnel Policies manual, or in the applicable Memorandum of Understandings, and such information prevails over information contained in this flyer. Questions regarding this announcement may be directed to the Stanislaus County Chief Executive Office/ Personnel.
The Job Task Analysis provides information detailing the physical and functional demands of the classification. For the complete job task analysis, visit the Risk Management website at under "Disability Management".