Deputy Sheriff I Trainee - Academy Graduate

County Of Sonoma   Santa Rosa, CA   Full-time     Law Enforcement / Security
Posted on April 22, 2022
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Minimum Qualifications


Education: Graduation from high school or possession of an acceptable General Education Development Certificate.


Experience: None



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.


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

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.