Deputy Sheriff

Stanford, CA
Stanford University

Salary: $61.02 to $77.91 per hour.

Position Summary:

Under general supervision, a Stanford University Department of Public Safety deputy sheriff provides all aspects of general law enforcement and public safety services to the community.

Principal duties include responding to emergencies, general and directed patrol, investigation of crimes and other non-criminal incidents, traffic / bicycle enforcement and control, assisting in crime prevention activities, and other law enforcement/public safety services and duties as required. A significant degree of initiative, independent judgment, and discretion is required of incumbents to develop, maintain, and successfully perform in a community oriented, problem solving approach to policing.

Essential Functions:

  • Promote and model the department’s Core Values, R.O.O.T.S. philosophies and department/university performance and behavioral standards.
  • Motivate and inspire others to model the department’s Core Values, R.O.O.T.S. philosophies and department/university performance and behavioral standards.
  • Motivate, inspire and collaborate with others to accomplish departmental and individual objectives.
  • Work ethically and collaboratively with others to accomplish the fundamental public safety mission of the department.
  • Maintain the peace through the effective use of diplomacy, affecting arrests and issuing citations, and controlling violent persons in accordance with the law.
  • Exercise sound judgment and rational thinking under dangerous and stressful conditions; think clearly and act quickly in a variety of situations.
  • Interpret, apply, and make decisions in accordance with applicable federal, state and local policies, laws and regulations.
  • Properly and effectively use firearms and other police equipment and vehicles; meet weapons qualifications for pistol, shotgun, rifle, baton and other weapons as required; meet emergency vehicle operations qualifications; meet department, county and state requirements for peace officer training and general university employment conditions.
  • Maintain contact and preserve good relations with the public; respond to calls for service from students, staff, and visitors regarding criminal and non-criminal matters relating to the safety of the community.
  • Assist community members, give directions and promote community relations; establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
  • Keep sensitive information strictly confidential at all times.
  • Gather, assemble, analyze, evaluate, and use facts and evidence.
  • Obtain information through observation, investigation, and the interviewing of victims, complainants, witnesses, and suspects.
  • Conduct a variety of criminal and special investigations and effectively document information into written form.
  • Monitor traffic to prevent accidents, enforce California Vehicle Code laws and promote safe traffic movement throughout the university; make traffic stops, issue warnings, and write traffic citations; investigate traffic accidents.
  • Recover lost or stolen property.
  • Decide between alternative courses of enforcement action while under routine or stressful conditions.
  • Appear in court to testify, as required.
  • Implement the Incident Command System as appropriate.
  • Engage tactfully and courteously with the public and law enforcement personnel; demonstrate a high ability to interact with the public courteously, with patience and a positive attitude.
  • Perform peace officer duties on the Stanford University Campus either by car, motorcycle, bicycle, or by foot to protect students, faculty, staff, and property of Stanford University.
  • Knowledge and / or ability to learn and apply a variety of university and departmental policies; familiarity and / or ability to learn the Stanford Campus.
  • Interact with other agencies in the collection of information, identification of criminal offenses and recovery of stolen property.
  • Conduct or assist in conducting meetings, staff briefings, training classes, and may make public presentations.
  • Assess the severity of medical emergencies, provide first aid, summon medical assistance, as required.
  • Provide protective security for dignitary visits and / or high level visitors who do not have government support staff.
  • Wear protective gear including a utility/duty belt (approximately 40 pounds); during special operations wear or carry other police equipment weighing up to an additional 40 pounds.
  • Work irregular and on-call hours, including weekends, evenings, and holidays.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.
  • Assist with training and orientation of new employees.
  • Teach training classes and make public presentations before various groups.
  • Identify risks to individuals, the department and the university, develop and implement mitigation steps and strategies.
  • Ensure the workplace promotes equal employment opportunities.
  • Respond to critical situations, sometimes with little advanced notice.
  • Weekend, shift and holiday work is required.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Satisfactory completion of a basic CA police academy or proof of satisfactory completion of the CA waiver.
  • Legally able to work in California.
  • 21 years of age or older.
  • Vision not less than 20/100 in each eye; correctable to no less than 20/30 in each eye; without functional color blindness or impairment.
  • Normal hearing in each ear.
  • Graduation from High School or possession of a General Education Development (G.E.D.) certificate.
  • Certificate and the completion of 45 college semester units or 60 quarter units from an accredited college.
  • Not be in violation of Brady v. Maryland 373 U.S. 83 (1963).
  • Ability to pass a physical demands test relevant to the job requirements.
  • Ability to wear and breathe through a full face piece, negative pressure, air-purifying respirator (per Cal/OSHA 8 CCR Sec. 5144, a medical clearance, fit-testing and training are required for personnel who are required to wear such respirator) and the ability to wear and breathe through a particulate mask (currently a N-95 mask).
  • Ability to accommodate schedule adjustments in order to meet staffing needs.
  • Willingness to work special events on scheduled days off or after regular shift hours, sometimes with little or no advance notice.
  • Willingness and ability to respond to emergency and critical conditions with short notice.
  • Possess and maintain a valid California Driver’s License and an acceptable driving record.