Deputy Sheriff Trainee – April 2019

Napa, CA
Napa County Sheriff

The Napa Valley – Internationally known for its fine wines, exciting restaurants and world-class resorts, is home to 140,000 residents who share a strong sense of community and a legacy of preserving and protecting our rich agricultural heritage.

Located in the heart of California’s preeminent wine region, the Napa Valley is also part of the dynamic San Francisco Bay Metropolitan Area. With its sunny Mediterranean climate and proximity to the mountains and ocean, the Valley offers residents easy access to virtually unlimited shopping, dining, cultural and recreational opportunities.

The Napa Valley’s strategic location, natural and cultural resources, history of responsible land use planning and attractive quality of life provide the ideal mix of small town living and big city amenities.

Closing Date/Time: Fri. 04/26/19 5:00 PM Pacific Time
Salary: $37.22 Hourly
$2,977.60 Biweekly
$6,451.47 Monthly
$77,417.60 Annually

How to Prepare for the Written Test

Applicants take the POST Entry-Level Law Enforcement Test Battery (PELLETB) exam. The PELLETB is a 2-hour test which includes 105 questions. Learn how to prepare for the PELLETB Police Exam.


The successful candidate will attend the basic Police Academy to prepare and learn the duties and responsibilities for the position of Deputy Sheriff.

The class of Deputy Sheriff Trainee is the beginning of the career ladder of the law enforcement classes. The position is a non-sworn, civilian training classification to be used while incumbents are attending a certified Peace Officer Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.) Basic Police Academy. The P.O.S.T. approved police academy, as described in and required by Section 832 of California Penal Code, consists of intensive instruction on law enforcement procedures combined with rigorous physical fitness training. Incumbents in this classification receive the same employee benefits as Deputy Sheriff with the exceptions that they will be placed in the miscellaneous retirement category until successful completion of a designated police academy, and as civilian employees, they will not be covered by Government Code Sections 4850 and 3300 through 3311. Upon satisfactory completion of academy training, incumbents will be sworn in as peace officers; placed in the Safety retirement category and appointed to the Deputy Sheriff I classification and begin a one (1) year probationary period


1. You must have a verifiable T-Score of 45 or higher that has been issued no earlier than April, 2018*. If you are in process of acquiring a verifiable T-Score of 45.0 or higher on the P.O.S.T. Pellet-B examination, your T-Score must be provided to Human Resources no later than the oral panel interview. Below are three locations that have upcoming P.O.S.T. Pellet-B testing:

Napa Valley Police Academy
Sacramento County Sheriff's Office
The Academy South Bay Regional Public Safety Training

It is the applicant's responsibility to contact the agency, take the test, and provide the qualifying T-Score results to Human Resources within the required time frame.

2. You must be an United States citizen or permanent resident (or in the application process) at the time of application.

3. You must be at least 20 1/2 years of age at the time of your application submission.

4. You must have a valid California driver's license. If you are an out-of-state applicant, you must possess a valid driver's license for the state in which you reside, but must be able to successfully obtain a California driver's license.