Deputy Sheriff Cadet (Trainee)

Stanford, CA
Stanford Department of Public Safety

Employees hired into the entry level, non-sworn Deputy Sheriff Cadet (trainee) position will be assigned to attend a California P.O.S.T. certified basic police training academy or a regular basic academy requalification course, if applicable. Candidates who meet department performance expectations and successfully pass the basic police academy or meet the requalification criteria will be sworn in as a Reserve Deputy Sheriff for Santa Clara County in accordance with the Memorandum of Understanding between the University and the Sheriff of Santa Clara County. This agreement provides for the deputization of Stanford Deputies as sworn peace officers, having full law enforcement powers to make arrest and enforce state laws and county ordinances pursuant to section 830.6 of the California Penal Code. Upon deputization, the incumbent will enter the Field Training program as a probationary Deputy Sheriff.


At the academy, the Deputy Sheriff Cadet will receive basic training that complies with the standards set by the California Commission of Peace Officer Standards and Training (P.O.S.T). The basic training program includes approximately 920 hours of academic classes, hands-on training and physical conditioning. Knowledge-based training includes, but is not limited to: Criminal Law, Patrol Procedures, Cultural Diversity, Investigative Procedures, Report Writing, Defensive Tactics, Firearms, Leadership, Ethics, Community Policing, Police Vehicle Operations, Traffic Enforcement, Accident Investigation, Handling Emotional Situations and First Aid/CPR. Hands-on training includes, but not limited to: weapons training, role playing scenarios, patrol procedures, emergency vehicle operations, and arrest and control techniques. Recruits are required to complete 80 hours of instruction in defensive tactics which includes ground control, baton training, control holds and take downs. The physical conditioning program consists of specific performance tests and a program of physical training. The training includes running (distance and speed), push-ups, sit-ups, weight training and calisthenics.


• Possess of a valid California Class C Driver’s License prior to appointment.
• Be a U.S. citizen at time of appointment.
• Be 21 years of age or older.
• Possess a U.S. high school diploma or general education diploma (GED).
• Have completed forty – five (45) semester units or sixty (60) quarter units from an accredited college or university.
• Be free of any felony conviction or certain misdemeanor convictions that are disqualifying.
• Ability to pass an extensive background investigation including medical and psychological examinations.
• Be of good moral character as determined by a thorough background investigation.
• Be free of any physical, emotional, or mental conditions that might adversely affect the exercise of the powers of a peace officer.
• Ability to accommodate and schedule adjustments in order to meet academy and SUDPS training and special details.
• Willingness to work special events on scheduled days off or after regular academy shift hours, sometimes with little or no advance notice.
• Ability to wear and breathe through a respirator.
• At the discretion of the Chief of Police, Deputy Sheriff Cadets may be issued a department / university cell phone and are expected to answer this phone while off-duty at the basic academy.
• Ability to maintain physical condition appropriate to the performance of assigned duties and responsibilities which may include sitting or standing for extended periods of time, sometimes in inclement weather conditions.
• 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