Deputy Sheriff Cadet

San Jose, CA
County of Santa Clara

$100,711.52 Annually

A Deputy Sheriff Cadet enters training to join the ranks of Deputy Sheriffs who, under supervision, perform active law enforcement duties in the protection of life and property, the investigation of crimes and apprehension of law violators, the service of civil process issued by court, and perform a variety of technical law enforcement tasks.

After passing the exam and screening processes, candidates are eligible to be hired as Deputy Sheriff Cadets and attend the Basic Peace Officer Academy training program as a trainee.

Agility Examination: Prior to appointment as a cadet, each candidate must pass an agility test as part of the examination process. The agility test consists of four timed events: solid fence climb, 99-yard obstacle course, drag a 165-lb bag for 32 feet, 500-yard run.

When hired, Deputy Sheriff Cadets enter a 26-week Basic Peace Officer Academy training program. Benefits include medical, dental, and life insurance programs. Your status as trainee pursuant to the Fair Labor Standard Act does not entitle you to overtime or holiday pay while attending the Academy.

After Academy graduation, Cadets are eligible to be sworn in as regular Deputy Sheriffs at the start of the following pay period, and be considered probationary employees of the Sheriff’s Office.

Employment Standards

Candidates must possess and clearly specify on their application the following:

  • Graduation from high school or possession of a General Education Development (G.E.D.) Certificate and the completion of 38 college semester units (57 quarter units) at the time of application.
  • Applicants who have passed their 20th birthday may submit an application but cannot be appointed until they have reached their 21st birthday.
  • Possession of a valid California Driver’s License (indicate your expiration month/year) prior to appointment and an acceptable driving record that will qualify for a County driving permit. If you have had a moving violation within the last year, you cannot have more than three moving violations within the past three years.


  • Have never been convicted of a felony. Any felony conviction and/or a conviction outside of California that would be considered a felony in this state is disqualifying.
  • Must be a citizen of the United States or a permanent resident who is eligible for and has applied for citizenship.
  • Must be able to take and pass a thorough medical examination. May be disqualified on the basis of established medical standards (current P.O.S.T. or Departmental orders). Vision must not be less than 20/100, correctable to 20/20 with normal depth and color perception.
  • Must be able to successfully demonstrate and maintain physical fitness in order to perform the full scope and functions of the job.
  • Must be able to pass a complete background investigation including fingerprints and a search of local, state and national files for criminal history.