What are the selection standards for a Deputy Sheriff?

Placer County Sheriff’s Office follows the same selection standards for a Public Officer and employee outlined by California Penal Codes §832 and §832.05; Government Codes §1029 and §1031 and the State Commission on California Peace Officers Standards and Training’s (POST), Regulation 11 CCR §1950-1955. In addition, our Agency follows the guidelines set forth by the State Commission on California Peace Officer’s Standards and Training (POST), Regulation 11 CCR §1953, when conducting a Pre-Employment background investigation. 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 §1031(a) and §1031.5)
  • Be at least 18 years of age (Government Code 1031(b)
  • Be fingerprinted for purposes of search of local, state, and national fingerprint files to disclose any criminal record (Government Code 1030 and 1031(c) 
  • Be free of any felony convictions (Government Code 1029(a) (1)
  • Be of good moral character, as determined by a thorough background investigation (Government Code 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 1031(e)

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1. What are the minimum requirements to be a Deputy Sheriff with Placer County?
2. What are the selection standards for a Deputy Sheriff?
3. What are the typical duties of a Deputy Sheriff?
4. I currently work as a peace officer for another law enforcement agency and am interested in applying to Placer County Sheriff’s Office, what is the application process?
5. I am currently a peace officer outside of the State of California and want to apply with Placer County Sheriff’ Office, how do I apply?
6. I have a college degree; do I still need to attend a basic police academy to be a Deputy Sheriff?
7. How can I become a Deputy Sheriff if I haven’t attended a P.O.S.T. Basic Academy?
8. What is the application process for Deputy Sheriff?
9. What if applications are not currently being accepted for Deputy Sheriff?
10. What is the testing process for Deputy Sheriff?
11. I’ve taken the Deputy Sheriff written test in the past, and have a T-score; can I apply it to Placer County’s written exam?
12. Is there a physical agility exam for Deputy Sheriff? What does it consist of?
13. What is the selection process for a Deputy Sheriff?
14. What training is provided to Sheriff’s Office Deputies?
15. Where can I be assigned to work as a Deputy Sheriff?
16. What kind of special assignments/teams are there for a Deputy Sheriff?
17. What pay incentives are available to a Deputy Sheriff?