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CURRENT RECRUITMENTS FOR THE SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT

For the most up to date recruitments for the County of Placer please visit County Personnel’s JOBS website at http://www.jobaps.com/placer/sup/images/default.asp

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

  • Public Safety Dispatcher II lateral Click here for lateral transfers from other public agencies
  • Deputy Sheriff II lateral Click here for for lateral transfers from other public agencies

INFORMATION ON PERMANENT POSITIONS

The Placer County Personnel Department is responsible for the recruiting, testing and screening of candidates for employment for all county departments. The Placer County Sheriff’s department is comprised of both sworn and civilian personnel. The majority of permanent positions within the sheriff’s department 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 Department employs over 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 Ordinance Detail/ Bomb)
  •  Honor Guard
  •  Hostage Negotiations Team
  •  Mounted
  •  Search & Rescue
  •  SET (Special Enforcement Team)

LOCATIONS SWORN STAFF ARE ASSIGNED

  •  Corrections Facility (Jail)
  •  Auburn
  •  South Placer, currently under construction, estimated completion 2012
  •  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 department employs over 200 civilian support staff positions in the Sheriff’s Department. Listed below are the divisions that utilize civilian staff and what classifications work in the Sheriff’s Department. 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 Department 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 click here

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 here

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’s Department 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.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES WITHIN THE SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT

PLACER COUNTY SHERIFF VOLUNTEERS

The Placer County Sheriff’s Department 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 Department 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 Department, 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 Department 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 Department 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 Department.  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 Department 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.

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