Deputy Sheriff I Trainee - Academy Graduate
Education: Graduation from high school or possession of an acceptable General Education Development Certificate.
Special Qualifications: Incumbents must have satisfactorily completed a California P.O.S.T. approved basic Law Enforcement Academy prior to appointment.
License: Possession of a valid California driver's license and a good driving record.
Background Requirement: Incumbents shall not have been convicted of a felony in this state or any other state or
in any federal jurisdiction, or of any offense in any other state or in any federal jurisdiction, which would have been a felony if committed in this state, nor be under current formal probation supervision.
Citizenship Requirement: Permanent resident aliens who wish to be employed as peace officers must apply for citizenship prior to application for such employment. Permanent resident aliens must cooperate with the U.S. Department of immigration in meeting all requirements for U.S. citizenship, or he or she shall be disqualified for peace officer status.
Knowledge, Skills, and
Knowledge of: the laws, ordinances, rules and regulations enforced by the department; the geography and topography of Sonoma County; modern procedures and methods employed in crime detection and investigation; general police practices and techniques; court procedures in criminal and civil trials; criminal attitudes and behavior patterns and the social factors underlying criminal behavior; first aid methods and their applications; the use and care of firearms.
Ability to: learn and apply laws, ordinances, rules and regulations enforced by the department; enforce the law firmly, tactfully and impartially and to deal courteously with the general public; make quick, effective and reasonable decisions and to take appropriate action in emergencies; understand and follow written and oral directions; speak and write effectively.
Your application information and your responses to the supplemental questions are evaluated and taken into consideration throughout the entire selection process.
You should list all employers and positions held within the last ten years in the work history section of your application, if applicable.
You may include history beyond ten years if related to the position for which you are applying. If you held multiple positions with one employer, list out each position separately.
Not following these instructions may impact your competitiveness in this process or may result in disqualification. Be as thorough as possible when responding to the supplemental questions.
Please visit Getting a Job with the County of Sonoma to review more detailed information about the application, examination, and department hiring processes.
APPLICATION SUBMISSIONS REQUIRE THE SUPPLEMENTAL QUESTIONNAIRE BE COMPLETED. Responses to supplemental questions will be used in assessing minimum qualifications. Please provide specific
and detailed responses of a reasonable length to allow for thorough assessment of your qualifications. Responses
which state "See Resume" or "See Application" may be considered insufficient.
The selection procedure will consist of the following examination:
An Application & Supplemental Questionnaire Appraisal Examination (weight 100%). Each application and supplemental questionnaire will be thoroughly evaluated for satisfaction of minimum qualifications and relevance of educational coursework, training, experience, knowledge, and abilities that relate to this position. Candidates possessing the most appropriate job- related qualifications will be placed on an employment list and referred to the department for selection interviews.
OUT OF STATE APPLICANTS
The Sheriff's Office encourages out-of-state applicants. However, in order to qualify for this position, they must obtain a California POST Basic Course Waiver (BCW) to meet California's Regular Basic Course Training requirements. The BCW process is for individuals who want to become California Peace Officers, and have completed at least 664 hours of general law enforcement training (including a general law enforcement basic course of at least 200 hours). Once the BCW process is successfully completed, the applicant receives a waiver of the California Basic Course. For more information visit https://post.ca.gov/basic-course-waiver-process.
If you are in possession of a BCW, please attach a copy to your application materials.
How to Apply
Being part of the Sheriff's Office and being expected to keep the public safe requires a thorough background investigation process. This process includes an assessment of prior work history, verifying educational experiences, court reports, public records searches, understanding past patterns relating to drug usage, financial patterns, etc. This entails gathering a significant amount of information from job candidates and speaking to former employers, friends, family members, etc. Polygraphs, drug tests, and medical and physical examinations are also part of this process. Candidates must be honest and forthcoming about information that may arise during the background process. Deception during any portion of this process is grounds for disqualification, even after employment. This process can take anywhere from 3-5 months. Many factors are taken into consideration and one should not assume a credit issue or prior drug use is automatically disqualifying. Candidates will be given the opportunity to present mitigating information they feel should be considered. You are encouraged to be as responsive as possible while this process is taking place to help expedite the timeline, and we encourage you to stay patient and interested in this great career opportunity while this process is taking place.
You may also review the Job Classification Screening Schedule to determine the requirements for this position. IMPORTANT INFORMATION – Positions that are assigned to one or more facilities required to follow the COVID-19
Vaccine/Testing requirements for the current, local Public Health Order for Law Enforcement/Fire Fighters/EMS/Emergency
Shelter Workers may be allowed to participate in COVID testing in lieu of documented proof of COVID vaccination.