Santa Cruz, CA
Santa Cruz Sheriff's Office

Deputy Sheriff Trainee is a non-sworn trainee level classification in the Sheriff’s Office with no peace officer powers. Incumbents in this class attend an approved Peace Officers Standards and Training (POST) police academy to be trained to perform law enforcement service. Upon successful completion of the basic academy, incumbents are expected to promote to Deputy Sheriff. Deputy Sheriffs perform law enforcement, crime prevention and crime detection activities; serve civil papers; coroner functions; act as bailiff and perform other duties as required. Incumbents rotate through various assignments and work rotating shift schedules, including nights, weekends and holidays.



$7,093 – 9,960 / Month



Desired Skills:

Some knowledge of human motivation and behavior; and the functions of a local law enforcement agency.

Ability to: Understand, interpret and apply State and local laws and departmental policies and procedures; react quickly and calmly in emergency situations and adopt an effective course of action; follow oral and written instructions; learn to operate firearms safely and skillfully; obtain information through interview, interrogation and observation; write clear and accurate reports; establish and maintain effective relationships; successfully complete an approved Peace Officers Standards and Training (POST) basic police academy. Normal color vision and unrestricted peripheral vision. If no corrective lenses worn, vision of at least 20/20. If glasses are worn, uncorrected vision of at least 20/100, correcting to 20/20. If soft contact lenses are worn, vision of at least 20/200, correcting to 20/20, with one year minimum of successful contact lens use. Candidates who have had corrective eye surgery must meet all applicable vision guidelines at all times of the day. A minimum of one year must have elapsed between surgery and examination, and all post-operative records must be submitted for review.


Graduation from a high school by an association recognized by the US Department of Education, a satisfactory score on a GED test or a California High School Proficiency Examination certificate. A two or four-year college degree accredited by an association recognized by the US Department of Education may be substituted for the high school requirements; the ability to pass a full background investigation, medical examination (including lifting assessment) and psychological examination. Possession of a valid Class C California Driver License at time of appointment. Must be a citizen of the United States in accordance with Section 1031.5 of the Government Code; be at least 21 years of age at completion of academy; be available to work nights, weekends, and/or holidays.