Deputy Sheriff I

Madera, CA
Madera County Sheriff


$65,357.87 – $80,381.93 Annually


Under supervision and direction, performs a wide variety of peace officer duties involving the protection of life and property, education and enforcement of laws and ordinances, emergency response, criminal investigation, crime prevention and suppression, case preparation and testimony, and providing information and assistance to the public; and performs related duties as assigned. The Madera County Sheriff’s Office is centered on the philosophy of Problem Oriented Policing. Employees are expected to provide high quality service to the public. As with all employees, Deputy Sheriffs are expected to make non-enforcement contacts with the public to identify the needs of the community more clearly, and to assist the public in solving community problems.


  • Performs armed patrol of the County on foot, bicycle, and other department vehicles to maintain security and order, enforce criminal laws, traffic and parking regulations, and county ordinance, rules and policies while utilizing sound judgment under adverse and stressful conditions; provides crowd management and control and may direct pedestrian or vehicular traffic as needed.
  • Responds to and investigates calls for Sheriff’s service regarding criminal, non-criminal, or emergency related activities such as crimes against persons and property, accidents, and health concerns to make observations and determine actions to be taken; apprehends and initiates arrests of suspects, conducts searches, and advises suspects of their constitutional rights; restrains and subdues individuals by means of baton techniques, locks, grips, holds, or restraining devices as necessary; properly detains, guards, transports, and assists in the booking process for prisoners as needed.
  • Conducts case or incident investigations and related follow-up activities, controls crimes scenes, gathers, photographs, and preserves and collects evidence in accordance with laws and regulations; locates, interviews, interrogates, and records statements from witnesses, suspects, and victims; identifies relevant facts and prepares investigative reports on incidents and cases for follow-up and filing with appropriate law enforcement officials; assists with covert and undercover investigations as assigned.
  • Responds to public service calls and complaints of potentially hostile situations, including domestic disturbances, civil complaints, protection of life and property, preservation of peace, robberies, and related misdemeanor and felony incidents; participates and testifies in court hearings and trials as necessary.
  • Serves subpoenas, warrants, summons, complaints, writs of attachment and execution, and eviction notices as necessary; administers physical roadside sobriety and “intoxilizer” tests when necessary, controls and mitigates people under the influence of drugs or alcohol or other potentially hostile situation; issues warnings or citations for law violators, checks for warrants and other legal holds, performs security checks on suspicious persons or vehicles, and requests outside assistance as appropriate.
  • Responds to fires identified or reported such as building fires, vehicle fires, dumpster fires, and grass fires and requests assistance as needed; responds to emergency medical needs and performs First Aid and CPR/AED as necessary.
  • Cooperates with local law enforcement in the suppression and control of disruptive or illegal activities and responds to requests for assistance from outside agencies for mutual aid in the suppression of civil disturbances, apprehension of criminals, or other related requests.
  • Prepares and maintains written records, notes, logs, correspondence, legal documentation, and other reports as related to police activity.
  • Safely and appropriately maintains, calibrates, inspects, and utilizes police weapons and equipment such as firearms, conducted electrical weapons (Tasers), batons, non-lethal weapons, alcohol screening devices, bicycles, and police vehicles.
  • Performs crime prevention activities to include surveillance patrols and participating in community outreach programs that may include speaking and presenting to citizen and school groups, and other public service efforts.
  • Stays current with knowledge related to public safety by attending professional conferences and in-service education programs, as well as by reviewing information obtained from Department memoranda, staff meetings and professional publications to attain and maintain public safety-related knowledge and skills and determine the impact of developments and change on providing service excellence.
  • Demonstrates sensitivity to and understanding of historically minoritized groups and participates in professional development activities to increase cultural competency to enhance equity-minded practices within the county.


Knowledge of:

  • Operations, functions, services, and activities of a local law enforcement agency.
  • Current local, state, and federal laws, codes, and regulations particularly those related to apprehension, arrest, search and seizure, preliminary crime scene investigation, evidence and records maintenance, patrol, and traffic control.
  • Current local, state, and federal laws, rules and regulations pertaining to the safety and protection of people, property and grounds associated with the County, and its surrounding areas.
  • Federal, State, and local laws, rules and procedures governing the activities of a correctional facility, law enforcement agency and related criminal justice members.
  • Current crime prevention and law enforcement methods and procedures including those used in investigation and identification, patrol, traffic control, records management, and care and custody of persons and property.
  • Law enforcement theory, principles, methods, and practices of community policing and their application to a wide variety of services and programs.
  • Crowd management and control procedures, and special event patrol techniques.
  • Disaster preparedness and terrorism response strategies.
  • Principles of human behavior and behavior modification strategies and techniques for the purpose of identifying at risk people.
  • Emergency communication techniques including equipment and its use.
  • Security, surveillance, and communication systems and codes.
  • The identification, collection, and storage of hazardous, dangerous, and illegal drugs, substances, and other items.
  • Use and care of firearms, offensive and defensive weapons and safety measures and self-defense tactics.
  • Rules of evidence pertaining to search and seizure and the preservation and presentation of evidence in court.
  • Safe driving principles and practices.
  • Safety policies and safe work practices applicable to the work being performed.
  • Local geography, County streets, public buildings, and businesses.
  • Principles and practices of sound business communication including proper English usage, grammar, spelling and punctuation.
  • Basic principles and practices of organizational improvement and culture change.
  • Record keeping and report preparations techniques to ensure department compliance.
  • Standard office practices and procedures, and the operations of standard office equipment.

Skill to:

  • Use sound judgment and make appropriate decisions in stressful situations and analyze and adapt to new situations quickly.
  • Operate and maintain department issued weapons and qualify periodically as mandated by POST.
  • Make effective oral presentations to a variety of audiences with differing levels of knowledge regarding a variety of procedures.
  • Utilize law enforcement computer systems, mobile devices and maintain and calibrate specialized equipment.
  • Operate firearms and other modern law enforcement equipment.
  • Operate modern office equipment including computer equipment.
  • Operate a motor vehicle safely.

Training and Experience: Any combination equivalent to experience and training that would provide the required knowledge, skills, and abilities would be qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge, skills, and abilities would be:

Education/Training: High School diploma or GED, and graduation from a POST Police Academy

Licenses, Certificates and Special Conditions:

  • Possession of, or ability to obtain, a valid California driver’s license and the ability to maintain insurability under the County’s vehicle insurance program.
  • Possession of, or ability to obtain, POST Basic Certification.
  • Possession of valid First Aid and CPR/AED certifications.
  • Successful completion of a POST-approved comprehensive background investigation is required, including a review of employment history, criminal conviction record, psychological examination, credit history, use of intoxicants and/or other controlled substances.
  • Applicants must pass a medical and psychological evaluation that includes a review of explicit and implicit bias towards race or ethnicity, gender, nationality, religion, disability, or sexual orientation.