Job: Sheriff's Correctional Officer (Open)

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Job Title:Sheriff's Correctional Officer (Open)
Closing Date/Time:Thu. 07/27/17 11:59 PM Pacific Time
Salary:$36.36 - $45.45 Hourly
$2,908.80 - $3,636.00 Biweekly
$6,302.40 - $7,878.00 Monthly
$75,628.80 - $94,536.00 Annually
Job Type:Regular
Location:San Mateo County, California
The San Mateo County Sheriff's Office is dedicated to improving the quality of life within the community. Here is your opportunity to make a difference by beginning a career in law enforcement! We are currently seeking dedicated men and women to serve as Correctional Officers responsible for the supervision of inmates and inmate activity in County detention facilities.

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

Applicants for Sheriff's Correctional Officer must have passed the entry level physical agility exam and the POST Entry-Level Law Enforcement Test Battery (PELLETB) with a minimum T-score of 46 in order to be placed on the eligible list. Exam results remain valid for one year from the date taken. For this recruitment, results dated July 7, 2016 or later will be accepted.
Pre-application tests for Sheriff's Correctional Officer 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 & Training (POST) requirements as outlined below. Applicants are responsible for contacting The Academy and self-enrolling in the required written test and physical agility test. For current test schedule and enrollment, visit The Academy's website at  A valid Basic Police Academy certification, meeting POST requirements, dated July 7, 2016, or later will be accepted in lieu of PELLETB and WSTB scores.  
Note: While the physical agility test can be retaken immediately, the written exam can only be retaken once every 30 days. Practice sessions for the physical agility test are also offered through The Academy.

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 46. T-Scores will determine your ranking on our eligible list. 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
2) Physical Agility Test - Work Sample Test Battery (WSTB) - This test mirrors the California Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) test and is advertised as such on The Academy's website. 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
  • 165-pound body drag for 32-feet
  • 165-pound body lift
  • 1.5 mile run (in 14 minutes or less)

IMPORTANT: When you report for the test, inform The Academy that you are applying to be a Correctional Officer with San Mateo County. You will not be required to participate in climbing the 6-foot chain link fence or 6-foot solid wall.

 Examples Of Duties:
Correctional Officer duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Receive, search, book, fingerprint, and guard inmates in the correctional facilities
  • Take custody of inmates' property
  • Maintain records of bookings, releases, transfers, money and other functions of the correctional facilities
  • Prepare inmates for court and for release
  • Perform related duties as assigned


Skill/Ability to:
  • Exercise good judgment.
  • Read and comprehend legal documents, law enforcement manuals, and court decisions.
  • Follow instructions.
  • Function effectively under stress.
  • Project authority.
  • Make accurate observations.
  • Perform strenuous physical exertion.
  • Write reports and correspondence.
  • Communicate effectively oral.
  • Communicate with all types of people.
  • Meet State of California POST medical and physical standards for law enforcement personnel.

Education and Experience:
Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge, skills and abilities is qualifying.

  • Possession of a Class C California driver license or equivalent.
Other Requirements:
  • Graduation from high school OR possession of a General Education Development Certificate.
  • Must be at least 18 years of age.
  • Must be a citizen of the United States or a permanent resident alien who is eligible for and has applied for citizenship one year prior to applying for this position with San Mateo County.
  • Must not have any felony convictions.
  • Must pass a written and physical agility test as outlined above.
  • Must be willing to work irregular hours, holidays, weekends and rotating shifts.
  • Must pass a background investigation, psychological exam, polygraph and medical evaluations.
  • Refrain from using tobacco products at anytime for employees hired by the County after October 1, 2004.

Anyone may apply. Responses to the supplemental questions and copies of your PELLETB and Physical Agility exam scores, or a valid Basic Police Academy certificate must be submitted in addition to the regular employment application form. See description above for information regarding these exams and the required passing scores.

Candidates who meet all the requirements described above will be placed on an eligible list (hiring list).

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 below or above. If you are not on the County's website, please go to to apply. Please keep available the instructions below on how to attach documents to your application as you prepare to submit your application. Applications submitted without the required attachments will be immediately disqualified. Do not submit an application if you do not yet have your test results!

- 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

Deadline for Applications: Thursday, July 27, 2017,  at 11:59 p.m.
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.
County of San Mateo is an Equal Opportunity Employer

HR Contact: Mandy Singh (07072017) (Sheriff's Correctional Officer - H058)


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