Job: Deputy Sheriff Trainee (Open & Promotional)

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Job Title:Deputy Sheriff Trainee (Open & Promotional)
Closing Date/Time:Mon. 05/08/17 11:59 PM Pacific Time
Salary:$38.14 Hourly
$3,051.20 Biweekly
$6,610.93 Monthly
$79,331.20 Annually
Job Type:Full-Time
Location:San Mateo County, California
NOTE: This recruitment schedule was amended on May 4, 2017 from a continuous recruitment to closing. The Final Closing Date will be May 8, 2017.

NOTE: This recruitment was amended on November 2, 2016, to add a supplemental question. This recruitment was amended on February 2, 2017, to update results dated January 24, 2016 or later will be accepted.

The San Mateo County Sheriff's Office invites current employees, Basic Police Academy graduates, and all other interested individuals to apply for the position of Deputy Sheriff Trainee!

Deputy Sheriff Trainee is the entry-level class of the Deputy Sheriff series. Initially under close supervision, incumbents receive Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) Academy and/or field officer training in order to acquire a basic POST certificate. Incumbents perform a wide variety of peace officer tasks under close and direct supervision of experienced officers and are required to promote to the journey-level Deputy Sheriff classification after acquiring the education and experience required of the State of California POST Basic Certificate. At the higher journey level, Deputies investigate crimes; patrol assigned areas; receive, supervise and transport inmates; act as bailiff or civil deputy; and perform all related duties in law enforcement and crime prevention as may be assigned under general supervision.

To avoid delays in processing your application, please read all the information contained in this job posting prior to submitting an application.

NOTE: Current San Mateo County Sheriff's Correctional Officers who are selected for the positions will remain in their Correctional Officer classification and current pay grade while attending the Academy. Upon Academy graduation, Correctional Officers are then moved into a Deputy Sheriff classification and pay range.

All pre-application tests for Deputy Sheriff Trainee applicants have been outsourced to the South Bay Regional Public Safety Training Consortium (aka The Academy). However, test results from other training organizations and law enforcement agencies will be accepted so long as they meet California Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) requirements. Applicants are responsible for contacting The Academy ( and self-enrolling in the required written test, physical agility test, and 1.5-mile run. Visit The Academy's website for current test schedules, requirements, and enrollment.

Note: Test results will remain valid for one year from the date the tests were taken, and the written exam can be retaken once every 30 days. For this recruitment, results dated January 24, 2016 or later will be accepted.

The following describes these tests in detail:

1) Written Test - POST Entry-Level Law Enforcement Test Battery (PELLETB) - This test must be completed in less than 2.5 hours, and it must be passed with a minimum T-Score of 48. T-Scores will determine your ranking on the eligible list. The higher the score, the higher the ranking. The areas covered by the test include:
  • Spelling - Select the correct spelling of a word from a list of options
  • Vocabulary - Select the correct meaning of a word from a list of options
  • Clarity - Select the sentence that is most clearly written from a pair of options
  • Reading - Read a passage and answer questions about the passage's content
  • CLOZE - Use contextual clues to complete a passage that contains missing words
NOTE: Academy Graduates may submit a copy of their academy certificate in lieu of PELLETB

2) Physical Agility Test - Work Sample Test Battery (WSTB) - This test consists of five individually timed and weighted events, and the minimum passing score is 320. The Academy offers optional practice sessions for the WSTB. Test and practice schedules are available on The Academy's website. The events include:
  • 99-yard obstacle course with sharp turns and up to 34-inch high obstacles
  • 165-pound body drag for 32-feet
  • 6-foot chain link fence climb
  • 6-foot solid wall climb
  • 500-yard run
3) 1.5-Mile Run - This is a pass/fail test held independently of the WSTB, and it must be completed in 14 minutes or less.

Education: Graduation from high school or possession of a GED.

Licensure/Certification: Possession of a Class C California driver license or equivalent. Candidates must successfully complete field officer training and receive a Basic POST Certificate within their probationary period.

Knowledge of: Civil laws, codes, ordinances and recent court decisions; principles and practices of law enforcement, criminal investigation and basic psychology; and rules of evidence, laws of arrest and court procedure.

Skill/Ability to: Exercise good judgment; read and comprehend legal documents, law enforcement manuals, and court decisions; read standard street and highway maps; follow instructions; function effectively under stress; project authority; observe accurately; perform repeated strenuous physical exertion; write reports and correspondence; communicate effectively orally; communicate with all types of people; and meet State of California POST medical and physical standards for law enforcement personnel.

Other Requirements: Candidates selected for the positions must also pass a background investigation, psychological exam, polygraph and medical evaluations.
Open & Promotional. Anyone may apply. Current San Mateo County employees with at least six months (1040 hours) of continuous service in a classified regular, probationary, SEIU or AFSCME represented extra-help/term position prior to the final filing date will receive five points added to their final passing score on this examination.

Applicants for this position must take and pass the Physical Agility - Work Sample Test Battery (pass/fail), the 1.5 mile run in 14 minutes or less, and the POST Entry-level Law Enforcement Test Battery (PELLETB) with a minimum T-score of 48 (weight: 100%) to be placed on the eligible list. For information regarding the tests, see the pre-application test descriptions above. To register for these exams, contact the South Bay Regional Public Safety Training Consortium at

IMPORTANT: Applications for this position will only be accepted online. If you are currently on the County's website, you may click the "Apply Online" button above or below. If you are not on the County's website, please go to to apply.

Responses to the supplemental questions and copies of required test scores must be submitted in addition to the regular employment application form. Applications submitted without the attachments will be rejected.

Please keep available the instructions below on how to attach documents to your application as you prepare to submit your application.
- In the application form, choose the "Attachments" link
- Click the "Add Supplemental Attachment" link
- Select "PELLETB T Scores" in the Attachment Type choices
- Click "Upload" to find and select your saved document
- Click the "Add Supplemental Attachment" link again
- Select "Physical Agility Result" in the Attachment Type choices
- Click "Upload" to find and select your saved document
- Click on the "Next" button to proceed with the rest of the application process

Ranking on the eligible list is determined by your T-Score. Depending on the number of vacancies at the time the eligible list is created, the top candidates on the list will be referred to the Sheriff's Office for a departmental interview that may include a writing exercise.

Note: The eligible list generated from this recruitment may be used to fill future extra-help, term, unclassified, and regular classified vacancies, including Correctional Officer vacancies.

First Round Filing Date: Thursday, September 8, 2016
Second Round Filing Date: Thursday, October 6, 2016
Third Round Filing Date: Thursday, November 3, 2016

Note: Positions in criminal justice agencies currently required by law to pass background checks are exempted from the Ban-the-Box bill. Applicants for this position are required to submit conviction information at the time of application.
San Mateo County Is An Equal Opportunity Employer

HR Contact: Ericka Gosha (081516) (Deputy Sheriff Trainee - H061)

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