Yes, in order to be a Deputy Sheriff you must have a valid California POST basic academy training certificate or basic academy equivalency certificate. Contact the Sheriff's Office for more information.
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Please visit the Placer County Human Resources page to view the Deputy Sheriff Job classification and current minimum requirements.
California State Minimum Selection Standards
The minimum peace officer selection standards are set forth in Government Code Sections 1029, 1031, and 1031.4. Every California peace officer must be:
In addition, the Placer County Sheriff’s Office complies with the California Peace Officer Standards and Training Commission (P.O.S.T.) and their minimum selection standards for all peace officer positions. Penal Code Section 13510(a) gives POST the authority to establish minimum selection standards for peace officers employed by agencies that participate in the POST program. These peace officers must, at a minimum, meet the selection standards outlined in the Government Code, and pass the POST selection requirements contained in Commission Regulations 1950-1955 prior to hire. For additional information, please visit the POST website at https://post.ca.gov/
Our officers work a variety of assignments to uphold our Agency’s Mission Statement and Core Values [link to Placer county Sheriff’s Principles]. Various duties are performed in each position; the Deputy Sheriff Job Classification Specifications provides the main essential duties.
View the job specifications and select the job title of Deputy Sheriff I/ II for classification specifications which include examples of essential duties.
Our Agency values the knowledge and experience each lateral applicant has earned. Applications for employment under the Public Agency Eligibility List (PAEL) are continuously accepted. For information on lateral transfers from another agency, and to download forms, please visit our employment portal 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 required documents and application.
If you have never worked as a peace officer in the state of California you will need to work with the California Commission on Peace Officer Standard and Training (POST) to determine what steps are necessary to apply for a POST basic academy equivalency certificate. You must possess either this equivalent Certificate for a Basic Academy Training Certificate to be qualified for a peace officer position within California, and our Agency.
To apply for a Deputy Sheriff II, and you have never worked as a law enforcement officer in the state of California, you will need to work with POST to see what is necessary to have a POST basic academy equivalency certificate issued. The minimum qualifications for deputy sheriff II require possession of a California POST basic certificate. Please visit POST’s website to learn when POST issues this certificate.
You can put yourself through a Peace Officers Standards and Training(POST) academy. Visit the POST website and select the quick link for basic training academies. 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 for the position of deputy sheriff trainee and you will be notified when we are accepting applications to potentially send someone to the academy.
To begin your career as a Deputy Sheriff, please visit our employment portal for a list of current recruitment. The entry level Deputy Sheriff Trainee and Deputy Sheriff I positions must be listed as open recruitment to submit an application. Employees of other Public Employee Agencies may apply at any time. Placer County has an automated job-application service (JOBS) you will need to access to submit an application for position(s) you are interested in applying for.
If our Agency is not currently accepting applications, you can submit an interest card for the position(s) you are seeking and the County’s online job-application service (JOBS) will electronically email a notification when an application can be submitted. Interest cards stay on file for up to 12 months. To submit an interest card, visit our employment portal, navigate to “Notify me of New Job Openings.” Follow the instructions on submitting your interest. You can check any Job Group you are interested in. Please note Deputy Sheriff Positions are listed under “Public Safety/Law Enforcement.”
Each recruitment job bulletin will indicate the testing process for the open recruitment. Deputy Sheriff Positions must be able to satisfy the Peace Officer’s Standards and Training (POST) selection standards by successfully completing a physical agility and written examination prior to appointment. 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 examinations. Notification for each phase of the recruitment process will be by email.
Please contact the Placer County Human Resources Department at 530-889-4060 with any email address changes for all applications submitted.
Within certain guidelines you can have your t-score transferred. Please contact Placer County Human Resources at 530-889-4060 prior to the application submittal deadline for each recruitment if you are interested in transferring your T-Score.
The Agility Course has been established to demonstrating an applicant’s aerobic, strength, muscular, and flexibility conditioning. Each different stage of the course is outlined below.
Applicants have 5 minutes and 05 seconds to run the agility course from start to finish; measured at 1,500 ft. Applicants that have taken more than 5 minutes and 5 seconds to complete the course will receive a ‘failed’ score. The solid wall obstacle will not be included in the 5 minutes and 05 seconds time limit for the agility course.
This obstacle simulates the quick sprint during a pursuit that could occur in any officer assignment. It demonstrates an applicant’s aerobic and endurance conditioning Sprint/Runs: The initial sprint (or run) at the beginning of the agility course should not be walked. Applicants are to run this obstacle quickly, without injuring themselves.
This test simulates an applicant’s capability to lift, carry, and drag heavy objects, push hard-to-move objects, physically subdue, or restrain a violent combatant, and physically separate two fighting individuals, among other duties. It demonstrates an applicant’s muscular, aerobic, strength, muscular, and flexibility conditioning.
The course may consist of the following:
Officers encounter a variety of obstacles while in pursuit of a suspect, or inmate, on a regular basis. Obstacles within the agility course have been placed throughout to simulate an individual’s ability to maneuver and negotiate around or over the obstacles. Within the course, these obstacles may consist of the following:
This obstacle simulates an applicant’s ability to negotiate stairs or a steep incline and be able to continue aerobic activity without harm.
Applicants must place both feet on the top of the box step, one at a time, to equal one (1) rotation; applicants cannot use both feet to jump on box step. Applicant must use caution while stepping up and down the box steps.
Box steps will be counted in the following manner: First foot up, second foot up, first foot down, second foot down = 1 rotation; Total rotations for the box step obstacle = 20
This obstacle applies to only to applicants applying for one of the Deputy Sheriff classifications. Applicants will have a total of 20 seconds to get over the solid wall. Once over the wall, the applicant will not be required to ‘run out’ any additional length provided. The applicant will be given three (3) chances to get over the wall. Applicants cannot use the wall stabilizers for support or assistance in traversing the wall.
Selected candidates who are certified to the Sheriff’s Office may be scheduled for a series of Agency Panel Oral Interviews. Candidates selected from the outcome of the panel interviews will then meet with the Undersheriff for a final determination. Our Agency is looking for exceptional candidates and will accept nothing less than your best in an interview. To ensure your success, you may want to utilize all available tools to prepare. In addition to learning about our Agency and getting to know some of our Deputy Sheriff’s, the POST website has a variety of information on how to prepare for a job as a peace officer.
Candidates that pass the Agency Interview will be required to complete a POST Personal History Statement and will be subject to a background investigation using POST guidelines. POST website 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 psychological and medical standards exam.
All new officers will go through a jail training program consisting of eight weeks of basic jail functions, policies and procedures. Once completed, each officer will be then be required to complete a field training program consisting of the basics of patrol policies and procedures, full duties and responsibilities as a patrol deputy. Our Agency provides over 80 hours of accredited Peace Officer’s Standards and Training (POST) Annual Officer Training to all our officers. Topics include legal updates, tactical scenarios, ongoing firearms qualifications, defensive tactics, emergency vehicle operations and much more.
In addition, a wide variety of additional voluntary employee training and development opportunities are available upon request. Our Agency training consistently exceeds California POST requirements. We are committed to the proper training of our staff to ensure the best possible officer safety and service to our citizens.
Our deputies can work a variety of assignments from Administration, Corrections, Courts, Investigations, Community Services, or Patrol. We have Corrections Facilities and County Courtrooms located throughout the county.
Corrections Facilities (Jail)
Auburn2775 Richardson DriveAuburn, CA
South Placer11801 Go for BrokeRoseville, CA
Court Security Operations
Auburn Courts (Historical Courthouse)101 Maple StreetAuburn, CA
South Placer Courts (Santucci Center)10820 Justice Center DriveRoseville, CA
Auburn Main Office2995 Richardson DriveAuburn, CA
Colfax Substation10 Culver StreetColfax, CA
Foresthill Substation24580 Main StreetForesthill, CA
North Lake Tahoe Substation2501 N Lake BoulevardTahoe City, CA
South Placer (Loomis) Substation6140 Horseshoe Bar RoadSuite DLoomis, CA
Our officers have the opportunity to be involved in many different special assignments and teams during their career with us. Opportunities are available within assigned Unit performing special tasks during your regular responsibilities, but also being part of a special on-call team as emergencies and/or events occur. A wide variety of special assignments provides for an exciting and well-rounded career in law enforcement, and our Agency highly promotes the opportunities our special assignments and teams offer. Contact the Sheriff's Office for more information.
Some of the following pay incentives are negotiated items between the County and the Deputy Sheriff Association. These incentives can change with contract amendments.