Deputy Sheriff – Lateral

San Jose, CA
County of Santa Clara

$108,411.68 – $131,790.88 Annually

Under supervision, to perform active law enforcement duties in the protection of life and property, the investigation of crimes, and the apprehension of law violators; to provide security to the Superior Court and the service of civil process issued by the Court; and to perform a variety of technical law enforcement tasks.

The Deputy Sheriff – Lateral recruitment is for applicants who currently work or have worked at a California POST-approved law enforcement agency performing duties of a Peace Officer with a separation date within three years of application date
who have successfully completed a California POST-certified Regular Basic Course (standard or modular format) within three years of the application date and possess a California Basic Peace Officers Standards and Training (POST) certificate, or possess a valid re-qualification certificate if the original certification has expired.

Typical Tasks
The following are the duties performed by employees in this classification. However, employees may perform other related duties at an equivalent level. Each individual in the classification does not necessarily perform all duties listed.

  • Patrols county areas and contract cities in a radio equipped patrol car to preserve law and order and to prevent and discover the commission of crimes;
  • Responds to a variety of calls, including felony and misdemeanor complaints and vehicular accidents;
  • Conducts initial criminal investigation by interviewing witnesses, protecting the crime scene, and gathering and preserving physical evidence;
  • Appears in court to testify;
  • Prepares reports on facts obtained, makes on-view and warrant arrests, and transports prisoners to jail;
  • Serves as a detective or as a member of a detective division team;
  • Serves legal processes, such as summons, garnishments, writs of execution, and attachments;
  • Signs affidavit that service has been made or notifies attorney that service cannot be made;

Special Requirements

  • Applicants who have passed their 20th birthday may apply but cannot be appointed until they have reached their 21st birthday.
  • Possession of an active (within the last three (3) years) California Basic Peace Officers Standards and Training (POST) certificate;
  • Current First Aid and CPR certificates;
  • Possession of a valid California Driver’s License prior to appointment and the ability to qualify for and maintain a County driver authorization.
  • Have never been convicted of a felony. Any felony conviction and/or a conviction outside of California that would be considered a felony in California is disqualifying.
  • Must be able to take and pass a thorough medical examination. May be disqualified based on established medical standards or current POST or Departmental orders.
  • Must successfully pass a psychological evaluation.
  • Must successfully demonstrate and maintain physical fitness to perform the full scope and functions of the job.
  • Must pass a complete background investigation, including fingerprints and a search of local, state, and national files for criminal history.
  • Must be a citizen of the United States or a permanent resident who is eligible for and has applied for citizenship.