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Human Resources

Our staff members work together in the Human Resources Unit and assist in the administrative duties of the Background Investigations Unit. All members of this unit attend regular training and updates regarding federal and state laws, county code, the background investigation process and state regulations, and human resources training.

The following information is a brief outline of the Human Resources Unit’s responsibilities:

HUMAN RESOURCES

ALLOCATION MANAGEMENT

Includes, but not limited to, the management of 450+ permanent position allocations, tracking unfunded vs. funded positions allocated through the budget process and maintaining current and historical employee assignment, position, and allocation number information.

EMPLOYEE SERVICES

Includes, but not limited to, the management of employee performance evaluations, new employee orientation, personal information changes, issue employee identification cards, etc.

RECRUITING SERVICES

Includes, but not limited to, the development of advertising notices, web ads, recruitment flyers, coordination and attendance of job/career fairs, management of certified eligibility applicant lists, department applicant interviews, providing information regarding the department's recruiting, hiring, classification requirements, and information about the department. For more information on applying to our department, click here.

LIAISONS TO COUNTY PERSONNEL DEPARTMENT

Includes, but not limited to, acting as the department liaison and first contact when assisting County Personnel with day-to-day personnel inquiries, recruitments, and personnel action forms for sheriff’s staff for a variety of actions, applicant certification, position reclassifications and staffing issues. All applications for employment are managed through the Placer County Personnel Department; for more information click here

ANNUAL SWEARING-IN CEREMONY COORDINATION


Develop curriculum and organize the Placer County Sheriff’s Office annual swearing-in ceremony for new employees, promotions, and department achievement awards. Work closely with the Sheriff’s Training Unit to make this event memorable for our employees and their families.

LIAISONS TO OTHER COUNTY DEPARTMENT, SHERIFF’S OFFICE STAFF AND THE PUBLIC


Unit members provide information and resources for employees, supervisors, managers, other county departments, and the public for a variety of actions.


BACKGROUND INVESTIGATIONS UNIT

This unit is currently staffed by retired officers working as extra help deputies and is overseen by the Administrative Lieutenant. The investigators currently working in this unit have a total combined experience of more than 120 years in law enforcement. They are specifically trained in the background investigations field and attend regularly scheduled training updates to keep abreast of current laws, regulations and procedures.

The human resources unit works closely with this unit, providing assistance in the administrative duties, management of background investigations files, outside agency employment requests, and monitors federal, state, and county regulations governing a pre-employment background investigation to ensure our investigations are being conducted within legal compliance.

The Placer County Sheriff’s background investigation follows the mandates outlined by the California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) for all peace officer and dispatcher positions. For further information on POST please visit their website at www.post.ca.gov. A background investigation is completed on all employees, volunteers and contract workers.

THE BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION

What is the pre-employment background investigation process?

Public safety candidates must be thoroughly investigated to make sure that nothing in their backgrounds is inconsistent with performing public safety duties. Peace officers and dispatchers are regulated by the California Peace Officer Standards and Training Commission (POST) which determines the review of particular items and conduct in a candidate’s background. The Placer County Sheriff’s Office adheres to these POST standards for all law enforcement positions and the applicants applying for employment with our department. All public safety candidates MUST successfully complete a pre-employment background investigations (which may include a voice stress analysis), and MUST successfully complete a pre-employment psychological and medical examination prior to appointment.

What is required for a background investigation?

During a background investigation you will be asked to provide the following information. Please be as thorough as possible. Please remember that this is only a portion of what you will be asked to provide.

  • All employment history. Provide addresses, phone numbers, and supervisors.
  • The last 10 years of residency. Provide addresses, landlords, and roommates, if applicable.
  • As many relatives as possible. Provide current contact information.
  • At least 5 - 7 references that know you well; such as social and family friends, co-workers, military    acquaintances. Provide current contact information.
  • Any and all police reports, vehicle accidents, and/or citations.


What documents are required for a background investigation?

Each applicant will be required to provide the following documents for the background investigation.



  • A certified copy of your birth certificate (available from the Recorders Office in the county of your birth  or from the State Department of Health)
  • Official high school transcripts (available at your high school office or the district office)
  • Official college transcripts
  • Proof of auto liability insurance coverage (available from your insurance agent)
  • Copy of your Selective Service Registration letter (if male and under 26 years of age) [Selective Service System, P.O. Box 94738, Palatine, IL 60094-4738] or, if you were in the armed forces, a copy  of your military discharge papers, long form (DD214)
  • A photocopy of your California driver’s license
  • A true copy of each police accident report of accidents within the last three years in which you were named as a driver in the incident
  • A true copy of each police report in which you were arrested, whether you were convicted or not (available through the District Attorney or the arresting police/ sheriff’s office.)
  • A true copy of your marriage certificate(s) and a copy of any final decrees of divorce
  • A certified copy of any civil judgments against you within the past seven years
  • A photocopy of your Social Security card and passport
  • Copies of POST certificates or other law enforcement training course certificates
Please keep in mind that many of these documents take from three to four weeks to obtain. It is your responsibility to arrange for and provide these documents. Originals may be returned upon request. Failure to provide the required information may disqualify you as a candidate.

What could disqualify me from a career in law enforcement with the Placer County Sheriff’s Office?

This list is not all-inclusive and is intended only as a general guideline

  • Your traffic history shows a continuing and/ or recent pattern of poor decision making
  • Your financial affairs or personal life show a history of poor judgment and refusal to confront problems (example: nonpayment of child support, ignoring overdue bills, etc)
  • You have recently or are currently misrepresenting yourself or ignoring any laws (example: not paying taxes, using a false address for school tuition purposes, etc)
  • You have a pattern of involvement with illegal drugs
  • Your work history shows a pattern of unexcused absences, discipline or discharge
  • People who know you have doubts about your honesty, integrity or character
  • You have been involved in significant misdemeanor activity
Applicants are also cautioned that government clearances or success in other law enforcement agency selection processes are no guarantee of success in our process.

In the background process what will be an automatic disqualification?

California peace officers undergo an extensive selection process before they are hired by law enforcement agencies. Our agency follows the POST guidelines for selection standards. The role of the California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) includes establishing minimum selection standards for peace officers in California and conducting research that results in the development of the tests and procedures used by local law enforcement agencies to adhere to these minimum selection standards.

The minimum peace officer selection standards are set forth in Government Code Sections 1029 and 1031.  Every California peace officer must be:

  • Free of any felony convictions
  • A citizen of the United States or a permanent resident alien who is eligible for and has applied for citizenship (CHP officers must be US citizens at time of appointment)
  • At least 18 years of age
  • Fingerprinted for purposes of search of local, state, and national fingerprint files to disclose any criminal record
  • Of good moral character, as determined by a thorough background investigation
  • A high school graduate, pass the General Education Development test or have attained a two-year, four-year, or advanced degree from an accredited or approved institution
  • Found to be free from any physical, emotional, or mental condition which might adversely affect the exercise of the powers of a peace officer.

How long does it take to complete the background process?

The background process takes approximately 4-6 weeks for a background investigator to complete a background.

CARRER OPPORTUNITIES

For the most up to date recruitments for the County of Placer please visit County Personnel’s JOBS website at www.jobsatplacercounty.com.

The following is a list of current recruitments for the Sheriff’s Office:



Information on permanent positions

The Placer County Personnel Office is responsible for the recruiting, testing and screening of candidates for employment for all county departments. The Placer County Sheriff’s Office is comprised of both sworn and civilian personnel. The majority of permanent positions within the sheriff’s office are hired as full-time employees; however, the department does employ several part-time permanent positions as needed. You will find some brief information below regarding our sworn and civilian staff.

Information on sworn positions

The Placer County Sheriff’s Office employs more than 200 sworn peace officers. These positions include deputy sheriff, sheriff’s sergeant, sheriff’s lieutenant, sheriff’s captain, assistant sheriff, undersheriff and sheriff-coroner-marshal. Candidates for a sworn position that have been chosen to continue in the hiring process have to successfully pass a thorough background investigation, psychological and medical examination prior to employment as a deputy sheriff. Our department follows the State of California Peace Officer Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.) Commission guidelines for peace officer selection and appointment. The following list contains the many varied assignments that are available to a law enforcement officer within our department. A deputy can be assigned to several different specialty teams while assigned to a full-time position in one of the divisions within our department.

Full-time assignments

  •  Administration
  •  Civil Unit
  •  Coroner Unit
  •  Court Security
  •  Corrections/ Custody
  •  Investigations Unit
  •  Marine Patrol
  •  Patrol Operations
  •  Resident Deputy
  •  School Resource
  •  Training
  •  Transportation


Special Teams

  •  Air Support
  •  Bike Unit
  •  Canine
  •  Critical Accident Response Team
  •  DIVE
  •  EOD (Explosive Ordnance Detail/ Bomb)
  •  Honor Guard
  •  Hostage Negotiations Team
  •  Mounted
  •  Search & Rescue
  •  SET (Special Enforcement Team)


Locations sworn staffs are assigned

  •  Corrections Facility (Jail)
  •  Auburn
  •  South Placer, currently under construction, estimated completion 2014
  •  Court Security Operations
  •  Auburn Courts (Historical Courthouse)
  •  South Placer Courts (Santucci Center)
  •  Patrol Operations
  •  Auburn Main Office
  •  Colfax Substation
  •  Foresthill Substation
  •  North Lake Tahoe Substation
  •  South Placer Substation

Information on civilian positions

The Placer County Sheriff’s Office employs more than 200 civilian support staff positions. Listed below are the divisions that utilize civilian staff and which classifications work in the Sheriff’s Office. All civilian employees are held to the same high moral standards as the sworn staff and must also pass a thorough background investigation prior to appointment into a position. Although civilian employees are less recognized for their contribution in ensuring that our county is a safe place to live, work and visit, each civilian position is vital to the successful operation of this department.

Divisions with civilian classifications

  •  Administration
  •  Civil
  •  Community Services
  •  Coroner
  •  Corrections
  •  Crime Analysis
  •  Dispatch
  •  Evidence
  •  Executive Management
  •  Facilities
  •  Fiscal Management (Accounting/ Payroll)
  •  Human Resources
  •  Information Technology
  •  Investigations
  •  Records – Corrections/ Custody
  •  Records – Main Office
  •  Search & Rescue
  •  Training
  •  Vehicle Maintenance

Civilian classification titles

  •  Account Clerk
  •  Accountant-Auditor
  •  Accounting Technician
  •  Administrative Clerk
  •  Administrative Legal Clerk
  •  Administrative Legal Supervisor
  •  Administrative Secretary
  •  Administrative Technician
  •  Building Crafts Mechanic
  •  Community Services Officer
  •  Correctional Officer
  •  Corrections Support Program Manager
  •  Equipment Service Worker
  •  Evidence Technician
  •  Executive Secretary
  •  Information Technology Analyst
  •  Information Technology Supervisor
  •  Information Technology Technician
  •  Investigative Assistant
  •  Public Safety Dispatcher
  •  Public Information Specialist
  •  Secretary
  •  Staff Services Analyst
  •  Supervising Public Safety Dispatcher
  •  Technology Solutions Analyst
To inquire if any of these classifications are currently open, please visit the County Personnel JOBS website at www.jobsatplacercounty.com.

Entry level opportunities

The Placer County Sheriff's Office recruits for entry level positions as needed. Entry level positions vary in required experience depending on the classification. To view minimum qualifications visit the County Personnel Department job descriptions by clicking the following link, Class and Comp Descriptions.

For current open recruitments, please click on the following link to visit Placer County Personnel JOBS.

Lateral opportunities for employees with public agency experience (PAEL)

If you are currently employed, or employed within the last year, by a public agency (other than Placer County) operating under a personnel civil service or merit system, you may be eligible to be placed on a Placer County Public Agency Eligible List and certified as eligible for appointment to a substantially similar job classification without going through an examination process with Placer County.

To be eligible for placement on a Public Agency Eligible List an applicant must meet all of the criteria described in Placer County Code Chapter 3, section 3.08.720. For eligibility information, instructions and forms 

Reinstatement to the county

If you were a permanent Placer County employee within the last five years and you left county employment “in good standing” and wish to return to permanent employment with Placer County. You would need to complete an application for the classification you wish to reinstate into.
For more information regarding re-instatement to your former position, please click

Transfer/voluntary demotion (Placer County Employees only)

This section only applies to permanent Placer County employees who are interested in working in a different department and/or classification. An application must be completed if you wish to apply for either of the following: 



  • Transfer in your current job classification to a different department and/or classification where the difference between the top step salary of your current classification and the top step of the new classification is less than five percent. Click here for information.
  • Voluntary demotion to a different department and/or classification where the top salary step of the new classification is more than five percent less than the top salary step of your current classification. Click here for information.


Information on extra help positions

The County of Placer offers extra help employment for specific classifications and temporary office assistants. To view which classifications offer extra help opportunities, please refer to the Placer County Personnel Department’s list of current job openings. The process for applying for an extra help position for the county is completed through the Placer County’s Job Opportunities Broadcast System (JOBS).

Extra Help deputies may be assigned to the court services division, correctional facility, administrative services, or support services. In addition, extra help deputies may be utilized to assist in a law enforcement capacity in the event that an emergency disaster should occur. Extra Help civilian staff may be assigned to any unit within the Sheriff’s Department.

Information on the reserve deputy sheriff programs

The Sheriff Office's Reserve Deputy Sheriff program is for individuals that are interested in assisting law enforcement with the enforcement of local, state, and federal laws. Our reserve deputies may work a variety of assigned details, including general patrol shifts. Our department values integrity, commitment, and training. We place a great deal of trust in our reserves, which allows us to utilize the reserves in the different details. All reserve deputies must pass a thorough background investigation, psychological examination, and medical examination.  All reserve deputy sheriff’s are classified as non-paid position with the Sheriff’s Department.

If you are interested in applying for a reserve deputy sheriff position, please click here for more information.

DEPUTY SHERIFF SELECTION STANDARDS

The Placer County Sheriff’s Office strictly adheres to California law which dictates selection requirements for any California peace officer and the California Peace Officers Standards and Training (POST), a California State Commission, selection standards for employing peace officers in California.
California Government Code, in part, specifies that as a minimum every peace officer shall:
  • Be a citizen of the United States or a permanent resident alien who is eligible for and has applied for citizenship (Government code sections 1031(a) and 1031.5 and 24103)
  • Be at least 18 years of age (Government code section 1031(b)
  • Be fingerprinted for purposes of search of local, state, and national fingerprint files to disclose any criminal record (Government Code sections 1030 and 1031(c)
  • Be of good moral character, as determined by a thorough background investigation (Government Code section 1031(d)
  • Be a high school graduate, pass the General Education Development test or have attained a two-year or four-year degree from an accredited institution (Government Code section 1031(e)
  • Be free of any felony convictions (Government Code section 1029(a) (1)
Each peace officer employed in California shall pass the POST selection standards, §9050 - §9055. The purpose of these regulations is to implement the minimum peace officer selections standards set forth in California Government Code Section 1031 and as authorized by California Penal Code Section 13510. Peace officer training requirements are addressed separately in Commission Regulations 1005 and 1007. The complete list of regulations, as well as documents and forms mentioned in the regulations are available on the POST website at www.post.ca.gov.

PUBLIC SAFETY DISPATCHER SELECTION STANDARDS

When reviewing public safety dispatcher candidates for employment with the Placer County Sheriff’s Office, our agency adheres to the same selection standards outlined by California law, which dictates selection requirements for any California peace officer, and the California Peace Officers Standards and Training’s (POST), a California State Commission, selection standards for employing peace officers and public safety dispatchers in California. By doing so, our agency ensures that we are employing individuals with “good moral character”.
California Government Code, in part, specifies that as a minimum every peace officer shall:

  • Be a citizen of the United States or a permanent resident alien who is eligible for and has applied for citizenship (Government code sections 1031(a) and 1031.5 and 24103)
  • Be at least 18 years of age (Government code section 1031(b)
  • Be fingerprinted for purposes of search of local, state, and national fingerprint files to disclose any criminal record (Government Code sections 1030 and 1031(c)
  • Be of good moral character, as determined by a thorough background investigation (Government Code section 1031(d)
  • Be a high school graduate, pass the General Education Development test or have attained a two-year or four-year degree from an accredited institution (Government Code section 1031(e)
  • Be free of any felony convictions (Government Code section 1029(a) (1)
  • Each public safety dispatcher employed in California shall pass the POST selection standards, §9056 - §9060. The purpose of these regulations is to set forth the minimum public safety dispatcher selection standards as authorized by California Penal Code Section 13510(c). Public safety dispatcher training requirements are addressed separately in Commission Regulation 1018(c). The complete list of regulations, as well as documents and forms mentioned in the regulations

are available on the POST website at www.post.ca.gov.

CORRECTIONAL OFFICER SELECTION STANDARDS

When reviewing correctional officer candidates for employment with the Placer County Sheriff’s Office, our agency adheres to the same selection standards outlined by California law, which dictates selection requirements for any California correctional officer, and the California Corrections Standards Authority (CSA), a California State Commission, selection standards for employing correctional officers in California.

Corrections Standards Authority specifies the selection standards in Title 15, Article 2; which are in addition to the requirements set forth in Section 830 et seq. of the Penal Code and Section 1029 et seq. of the Government Code.

In addition to the above requirements our department requires that all candidates meet or exceed the requirements set forth for peace officers. By doing so, our agency ensures that we are employing individuals with “good moral character.”
  • Be a citizen of the United States or a permanent resident alien who is eligible for and has applied for citizenship (Government code sections 1031(a) and 1031.5 and 24103)
  • Be at least 18 years of age (Government code section 1031(b)
  • Be fingerprinted for purposes of search of local, state, and national fingerprint files to disclose any criminal record (Government Code sections 1030 and 1031(c)
  • Be of good moral character, as determined by a thorough background investigation (Government Code section 1031(d)
  • Be a high school graduate, pass the General Education Development test or have attained a two-year or four-year degree from an accredited institution (Government Code section 1031(e)
  • Be free of any felony convictions (Government Code section 1029(a) (1)

Correctional Officer training requirements are addressed separately in Title 15, Article 3. Title 15, Articles 2 and 3 can be found on the CSA website at www.cdcr.ca.gov.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES WITHIN THE SHERIFF’S OFFICE

Placer County sheriff volunteers

The Placer County Sheriff’s Office continuously recruits for qualified volunteers who are willing to donate a minimum of 100 hours per year to support the mission and goals of the department and the community it serves. Volunteers work in a variety of assignments throughout the department. There are several locations in which a volunteer can be assigned. These are: community services program, air operations, support services and administrative divisions. All non-paid representatives that work with the Placer County Sheriff’s Office are subject to a thorough pre-employment background investigation prior to being assigned to a volunteer position.

The Community Services Unit offers two main job classifications, which are field volunteers and administrative volunteers.

Volunteers assigned to field operations (field volunteers) assist patrol services by providing such functions as: vacation checks, vehicle abatements, traffic control, saturation patrols, and found property reports.
Administrative volunteers assist the department by providing staffing at the service centers and substations. Among their main duties these volunteers greet the public, answer phones, take cold reports, fingerprint, and maintain office computer databases. In addition to field and office work, volunteers assist with safety fair presentations, crime prevention, and community outreach.

Volunteers within the Support Services and Administrative Services Units assist in a variety of administrative and professional areas. These volunteers may assist in fleet maintenance, information technology, human resources, dispatch communications, corrections facility, and administrative offices.
For more information regarding volunteering for the sheriff’s office, please contact the volunteer coordinator listed below:
Deputy Victoria Skellenger
Email: vskellen@placer.ca.gov
South Placer Substation
6140 Horseshoe Bar Road, Ste D.
Loomis, CA 95650
(916) 652-2400

Placer County Sheriff’s Air Operations

Along with Sheriff’s Office employees, the Air Operations Unit relies on both current and former military and commercial pilots, certified flight mechanics, and other aviation professional volunteers to keep the program running efficiently. These volunteers have donated thousands of hours to establish air operations for the department. Due to their efforts, the Placer County Sheriff's Office is operating this unit for a fraction of the costs that most major law enforcement air units incur. For more information regarding volunteering for this unit please contact the Air Operations Unit at (530) 889-7800.

Placer County Search and Rescue (S.A.R.) volunteers

Volunteers of the Placer County Search and Rescue Organization consist of full time and reserve deputy sheriffs along with dedicated members of our community who volunteer their time for this valuable assignment. Each year, numerous S.A.R. missions are carried out in all kinds of conditions by these professionals. Incidents can vary from a missing child in fair weather in a residential neighborhood to a rescue of a trapped skier in blizzard conditions in the harsh wilderness backcountry.

Several units make up Placer County Sheriff's Search and Rescue Organization, which includes some of most unique and decorated teams in the State of California. For more information regarding each of these units, click on the unit names below:

Search and Rescue

For general questions regarding Search and Rescue, or to find out how to become a volunteer, please contact their office at (530) 889-7846.

Information on the law enforcement explorer program

Explorer Post 901 is sponsored by the Placer County Sheriff’s Office.  This successful program is designed to educate and involve young men and women in police operations and to interest them in law enforcement functions, whether they enter the field of law enforcement or not.  Law Enforcement Explorers are volunteers. As an Explorer, young adults have the opportunity to assist the Placer County Sheriff’s Office by broadening their understanding and firsthand knowledge of the challenges and job skills that make up their community’s law enforcement service. In addition to gaining a working knowledge of police work, participants have the opportunity to give themselves to their community.
For more information contact the Explorer Program Advisor Sergeant Johnson at djohnson@placer.ca.gov, (530) 308-1367 or visit the Explorer Post 901 webpage

Information on the law enforcement chaplaincy program

The Placer County Law Enforcement Chaplaincy is a field service that serves both the members of law enforcement and their families, and works through law enforcement to act as victim advocates to the citizens of Placer County.

The chaplaincy continually provides the service of trained, critical incident chaplains on a 24 hour / 7 day a week basis, with both proactive and reactive responses. We serve a combination of 10 agencies at 14 locations including city, county, and state agencies.
For more information regarding the Placer County Law Enforcement Chaplaincy Program, please visit the Placer County Law Enforcement Chaplaincy’s website.

GENERAL QUESTIONS

What positions are you currently accepting applications for?

All positions for the Placer County Sheriff’s Office are posted at Placer County Personnel’s website, www.jobsatplacercounty.com. All applications should be submitted to Placer County Personnel as explained on their website through their automated job-application system (JOBS).

Where can I get information on benefits?

benefit information.

Where is Placer County located?

Placer County is located in beautiful Northern California, 80 miles northeast of San Francisco and 20 miles west of Reno. Placer County borders Sacramento, Nevada and El Dorado Counties as well as the State of Nevada. If traveling by air, the Sacramento International Airport is a 50 minute drive from Auburn, and Reno-Tahoe International Airport is a short drive from Lake Tahoe. There are smaller airports located in Auburn, Lincoln, Truckee-Tahoe and Blue Canyon. If traveling by car, Interstate 80 runs the length of the county, and is intersected by a network of well-developed rural roads, providing easy access to many areas.

What kinds of activities are there to do if I relocate to Placer County?

  •  Please visit California Welcome Center’s website
  •  Please visit Placer Valley Tourism’s website
  •  Please visit North Lake Tahoe Resort Association’s website 
  • Where can I find more information on becoming a volunteer?

    The Placer County Sheriff’s Office continuously recruits for qualified volunteers who are willing to donate a minimum of 100 hours per year to support the mission and goals of our agency and the community it serves.

    Volunteers work in a variety of assignments throughout our agency.

    Field volunteers assist patrol services by providing such functions as vacation checks, vehicle abatements, traffic control, saturation patrols and found property reports. Administrative volunteers provide staffing at the service centers and substations. Among their office duties these volunteers greet the public, answer phones, take cold reports, fingerprint and maintain office computer databases.
    In addition to office and field work, volunteers assist with safety fair presentations, crime prevention and community outreach.

    For more information please contact Deputy Skellenger at vskellen@placer.ca.gov

    Where can I find out more information regarding becoming a reserve deputy sheriff?

    The Placer County Sheriff’s Office is continuously seeking qualified candidates for the Reserve Deputy program. This unpaid volunteer opportunity is open to anyone who possesses a current California P.O.S.T. reserve level II or level I certificate, or a P.O.S.T. basic academy certificate. Reserve deputies work a variety of details, such as general patrol, civic functions, concerts, public safety needs, high school graduations and dances, football games, foot patrol at county fairs, and other local community events.

    You can view the Reserves webpage here.

    For more information about the reserve program please email pcsoreserves@placer.ca.gov

    I am interested in becoming an explorer. Can you give me more information about this program?

    Explorer Post 901 is sponsored by the Placer County Sheriff’s Office. This successful program is designed to educate and involve young men and women (ages 14 – 20) in police operations and to interest them in law enforcement functions, whether they enter the field of law enforcement or not.
    You can view the Explorers webpage here.

    For more information please contact Sgt. Johnson at djohnson@placer.ca.gov.

    I would like to become a chaplain, how do I go about doing that?

    Placer County Law Enforcement Chaplaincy is a field service ministry to the members of Law Enforcement, their families, and the citizens of Placer County. PCLEC continually provides the service of trained, critical incident Chaplains on a 24 hour, 7 days a week basis. They can be reached at (530) 820-3427 or by visiting their website http://www.placerchaplains.com/Pages/default.aspx.

    Does the sheriff’s office use student interns?

    The Sheriff’s office does take student interns on a very limited basis. Please check www.jobsatplacercounty.com for current job classifications that applications are being accepted for, such as “student intern”, for opportunities in other county departments as well.

    If I can’t find an answer to my question(s) here, who can I contact with additional questions?

    If you have additional questions please contact Sheriff Human Resources at (530) 889-7833.

     

    DEPUTY SHERIFF RELATED QUESTIONS


    What are the typical duties of a deputy sheriff?

    Please click here and select the job title of Deputy Sheriff I/ II for the classification specifications which include examples of essential duties.

    What are the minimum requirements to be a deputy sheriff with Placer County?

  • Deputy Sheriff I – select the job title of Deputy Sheriff I to view the minimum qualifications
  • Deputy Sheriff II - select the job title of Deputy Sheriff II to view the minimum qualifications
  • I currently work as a deputy sheriff for another law enforcement agency and am interested in laterally transferring to placer county sheriff’s office, what is the application process?

    For information on lateral transfers from another agency, and to download forms, please visit www.jobsatplacercounty.com and look for the job title of “employees from other public agencies”. Here you will find the requirements for the lateral (PAEL – public agency eligibility list) process as well as documents and the application.

    I have an associate’s degree from college; do I still need to attend a basic police academy to be a deputy sheriff?

    Yes, in order to be a deputy sheriff you must have a valid CA P.O.S.T. basic academy certificate or basic academy equivalency certificate.

     I have a bachelor’s degree from college; do I still need to attend a basic police academy to be a deputy sheriff?

    Yes, in order to be a Deputy Sheriff you must have a valid CA P.O.S.T. basic academy certificate or basic academy equivalency certificate.

    How can I become a deputy sheriff if I haven’t attended a post basic academy?

    You can put yourself through a POST academy. Visit www.post.ca.gov and select the quick link for basic training academies. There are a couple of academies semi-local to Placer County where you can obtain your basic academy certificate. Once you have your basic academy certificate you can then apply for the position of Deputy Sheriff I once it is open. The second option is to submit an interest card at www.jobsatplacercounty.com for the position of deputy sheriff trainee and you will be notified when we are accepting applications to potentially send someone to the academy.

    What is the application process for deputy sheriff?

    To begin your career as a deputy sheriff, please visit www.jobsatplacercounty.com   for a list of positions that applications are being accepted for. Placer County has an automated job-application service called JOBS. You may find that applications are currently being accepted for deputy sheriff I/II, in which case you may apply at that time.

    What if applications are not currently being accepted for deputy sheriff?

    You can select to be notified when new recruitments open by following these steps:

    •  Visit www.jobsatplacercounty.com
    •  Click “notify me of new recruitments”
    •  Select the occupational group(s) you are interested in (ex: public safety/ law enforcement, etc)
    •  Click the job title(s) which you would like to be notified of when they open
    •  Click “add all checked classes to my job search agent”
    •  Enter your email address and submit
    •  The interest cards remain on file for 365 days

    What is the testing process for deputy sheriff?

    If your application is accepted, you will be notified via the email address provided on your application of the confirmed date and location prior to the scheduled examination. Notification for each phase of the recruitment process will be by email. Please contact the Placer County Personnel Department at (530) 889-4060 with any email address changes for all applications submitted.

    I have taken the deputy sheriff written test in the past, and have a t-score, can I have it transferred?

    Within certain guidelines you can have your t-score transferred. Please contact Placer County Personnel at (530) 889-4060.

    Is there a physical agility exam for deputy sheriff? What does it consist of?

    Candidates for Deputy Sheriff Trainee, Deputy Sheriff I and Deputy Sheriff II must pass the POST job-related work sample test battery which consists of five physical agility job-task simulation tests. It will test several physical performance abilities identified as necessary in the field of law enforcement. Successful completion of each physical test as specified is mandatory. A candidate must compile a minimum of 384 points to pass the physical performance test as a whole. The faster each test battery is completed the more points the candidate receives. Time to point conversion charts are available for viewing on day of testing.

    Obstacle Course
    As rapidly as possible the candidate runs a 99-yard obstacle course consisting of several sharp turns, a number of curb-height obstacles, and a 34-inch high obstacle that must be vaulted. Two attempts at this test are allowed.

    Solid Fence Climb
    As rapidly as possible the candidate runs five yards to a solid fence, climbs over the fence, and continues to run another 25 yards. Two attempts at this test are allowed.

    Chain Link Fence Climb
    As rapidly as possible the candidate runs 5 yards to a chain link fence, climbs over the fence, and continues to run another 25 yards. Two attempts at this test are allowed.

    Body Drag
    The candidate is required to lift a 165 pound life-like dummy and drag the dummy 32 feet as rapidly as possible. Two attempts at this test are allowed.

    500-yard Run
    The candidate runs 500 yards. One attempt at this test is allowed.

    What is the selection process for a deputy sheriff?

    Selected candidates who are certified to the Sheriff’s Office may be scheduled for an interview with our panel: those individuals who successfully pass oral board may be forwarded to the undersheriff for a final hiring interview. Candidates that pass the our agency interviews will be required to complete a P.O.S.T. Personal History Statement and will be subject to a background investigation using P.O.S.T. guidelines to www.post.ca.gov. Upon receipt and review of the background report, a conditional offer of employment may be made, and the final candidates must then pass a pre-employment medical standards exam.

    Where can I be assigned to work as a deputy sheriff?

    Our deputies can work a variety of assignments from the jail, courts or patrol. We have patrol locations which include Auburn, South Placer, Foresthill, Colfax and North Lake Tahoe.

    After being hired, what kind of training is provided as a deputy sheriff?

    All deputies new to the Placer County Sheriff’s Office will go through a field training program. Field training is intended to facilitate a peace officer’s transition from the academic setting to the performance of general law enforcement uniformed patrol duties of the Placer County Sheriff’s Office. Although a Deputy graduating from the POST regular basic course (academy) has received a thorough introduction to basic law enforcement subjects, a deputy cannot be expected to immediately assume the full responsibilities of an experienced deputy. Newly assigned deputies must receive additional training in the field, on actual calls for service, where they can learn from Deputies who already have practical patrol experience. Field training introduces a newly assigned deputy to the personnel, procedures, policies and purposes of the Placer County Sheriff’s Office and provides the initial formal training specific to this our agency and the day-to-day duties of its deputies.

    The Placer County Sheriff’s Office Training Unit provides approximately 60 to 80 hours annually of Advanced Officer training to our sworn staff which includes: legal updates, tactical scenarios, ongoing firearms qualifications, defensive tactics, emergency vehicle operations and much more. Most of the training that is provided to our sworn staff is POST certified. Our training consistently exceeds CA POST requirements. We are committed to the proper training of our staff to ensure the best possible officer safety and service to our citizens.

    What kind of special assignments/ teams are there for a deputy sheriff?

  •  Air Support
  •  Bike Unit
  •  Civil
  •  Custody
  •  Court Security
  •  Critical Accident Response Team
  •  Dive Team
  •  Explosive Ordinance Detail/ Bomb Unit
  •  Coroners Unit
  •  Honor Guard
  •  Hostage Negotiations Team
  •  Marine Patrol
  •  Mounted Unit
  •  Patrol
  •  Resident Deputy Assignment
  •  Special Operations Unit
  •  School Resource Officer/ DARE
  •  Transportation
  • What pay incentives are available to a deputy sheriff?

    Pay incentives are available to deputy sheriff's are outlined in the memorandum of understanding with the Deputy Sheriff's Association.

     

    CORRECTIONAL OFFICER RELATED QUESTIONS


    What are the typical duties of a correctional officer?

    Please select the job title of Correctional Officer I/ II for the classification specifications which include examples of essential duties.

    What are the minimum requirements to be a correctional officer with Placer County?

    Correctional Officer I – select the job title of Correctional Officer I to view the minimum qualifications

    Correctional Officer II – select the job title of Correctional Officer II to view the minimum qualifications.

    Currently work as a correctional officer for another agency and am interested in laterally transferring to Placer County sheriff’s office, what is the application process?

    For information on lateral transfers from another agency, and to download forms, please visit www.jobsatplacercounty.com and look for the job title of “employees from other public agencies”. Here you will find the requirements for the lateral (PAEL – public agency eligibility list) process as well as documents and the application.

    What is the application process for correctional officer?

    To begin your career as a correctional officer please visitwww.jobsatplacercounty.com for a list of positions that applications are being accepted for. Placer County has an automated job-application service called JOBS. You may find that applications are currently being accepted for correctional officer I/II, in which case you may apply at that time.

    What is the application process for correctional officer?

    You can select to be notified when new recruitments open by following these steps:

    •  Visit www.jobsatplacercounty.com
    •  Click “notify me of new recruitments”
    •  Select the occupational group(s) you are interested in (ex: public safety/ law enforcement, etc)
    •  Click the job title(s) which you would like to be notified of when they open
    •  Click “add all checked classes to my job search agent”
    •  Enter your email address and submit
    •  The interest cards remain on file for 365 days

    What is the testing process for correctional officer?

    If your application is accepted, you will be notified via the email address provided on your application of the confirmed date and location prior to the scheduled examination. Notification for each phase of the recruitment process will be by email. Please contact the Placer County Personnel Department at (530) 889-4060 with any email address changes for all applications submitted.

    I’ve taken a correctional officer written test in the past and have a score, can I have it transferred?

    Within certain guidelines you can have your t-score transferred. Please contact Placer County Personnel at (530) 889-4060.

     

    DISPATCHER POSITION RELATED QUESTIONS


    What is the selection process for a public safety dispatcher?

    Selected candidates who are certified to the Sheriff’s Office may be scheduled for an oral interview with the Dispatch Services Manager or his/her designee. Candidates that pass our agency interview will be required to complete a P.O.S.T. Personal History Statement and will be subject to a background investigation using P.O.S.T. guidelines . Upon receipt and review of the background report, a conditional offer of employment may be made, and the final candidates must then pass a pre-employment medical standards exam.

    Where can I be assigned to work as a public safety dispatcher?

    Our dispatch center is located in Auburn.

    After being hired, what kind of training is provided as a public safety dispatcher?

    Dispatch training officer

    What pay incentives are available to a public safety dispatcher?

    Pay incentives available to Public Safety Dispatchers are outlined in the memorandum of understanding with the Placer Public Employees Organization, to view

     

    CIVILIAN POSITION RELATED QUESTIONS


    What is the application process for civilian positions within the placer county sheriff’s office?

    To begin your career in law enforcement, please visit www.jobsatplacercounty.com for a list of positions that applications are being accepted for. Placer County has an automated job-application service called JOBS. You may find that applications are currently being accepted for the position(s) you are interested in, in which case you may apply at that time.

    What are the requirements to be employed with the sheriff’s office as a civilian?

    All applicants must meet the minimum qualifications outlined for the job classification in which they have applied for. Job specifications can be found at www.jobsatplacercounty.com.

    I am currently working for another public agency; can I apply as a lateral transfer?

    Applicants currently employed, or employed within the last year, by a public agency (other than Placer County) operating under a personnel civil service or merit system, may be eligible to be placed on a Placer County Public Agency Eligible List and certified as eligible for appointment to a substantially similar job classification without going through an examination process with Placer County. Please visit www.jobsatplacercounty.com and select the job title “Employees of Other Public Agencies".

    What divisions have non-sworn classifications?

  •  Administration
  •  Civil
  •  Community Services
  •  Coroner
  •  Corrections
  •  Crime Analysis
  •  Dispatch
  •  Evidence
  •  Executive Management
  •  Facilities
  •  Fiscal Management (Accounting/ Payroll)
  •  Human Resources
  •  Investigations
  •  Information Technology
  •  Records – Corrections Facility
  •  Records - Main Office
  •  Search & Rescue
  •  Training
  •  Vehicle Maintenance
  • What classifications work in non-sworn positions?

  •  Accountant Auditor
  •  Accountant Technician
  •  Administrative Clerk
  •  Administrative Legal Clerk
  •  Administrative Legal Supervisor
  •  Administrative Secretary
  •  Administrative Technician
  •  Building Crafts Mechanic
  •  Community Services Officer
  •  Correctional Officer
  •  Corrections Support Program Manager
  •  Equipment Service Worker
  •  Evidence Technician
  •  Executive Secretary
  •  Information Technology Analyst
  •  Information Technology Supervisor
  •  Information Technology Technician
  •  Investigative Assistant
  •  Public Information Specialist
  •  Public Safety Dispatcher
  •  Secretary
  •  Staff Services Analyst
  •  Supervising Public Safety Dispatcher
  •  Technology Solutions Analyst
  • What if applications are not currently being accepted for the civilian position that I would like to apply for?

    You can select to be notified when new recruitments open by following these steps:

    •  Visit www.jobsatplacercounty.com
    •  Click “notify me of new recruitments”
    •  Select the occupational group(s) you are interested in (ex: public safety/ law enforcement, etc)
    •  Click the job title(s) which you would like to be notified of when they open
    •  Click “add all checked classes to my job search agent”
    •  Enter your email address and submit
    •  The interest cards remain on file for 365 days

    What is the testing process for a civilian position?

    If your application is accepted, you will be notified via the email address provided on your application of the confirmed date and location prior to the scheduled examination, if there is one. Notification for each phase of the recruitment process will be by email. Please contact the Placer County Personnel Department at (530) 889-4060 with any email address changes for all applications submitted.

    What are the typical duties of a civilian position?

    The duties for civilian positions vary depending on the assignment/ division working in.

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