The Sonoma County Sheriff's Office seeks qualified law enforcement officers for
multiple extra-help, Deputy Sheriff II - Court Security positions. Candidates with English/Spanish bilingual skills and out-of-state applicants are encouraged to apply!
The Sonoma County Sheriff's Office would like to create a pool of intermittent, extra-help Deputies to provide law enforcement security for the Sonoma County Courts. These positions require possession of a current, California Commission of Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) Basic Certificate, and at least 1 year of recent experience as a Law Enforcement Officer with a city, county, state, or federal police agency.
Out-of-state applicants are encouraged to apply. In order to qualify for this position, they must obtain a California POST Basic Course Waiver (BCW). Corrections experience is not applicable. Please review the Selection Procedure section of this job announcement for further information.
Working in the Sonoma County Sheriff's Office
Serving the community since 1850, the Sheriff's Office employs over 650 employees to protect and secure the half-million residents within the 1,768 square miles of Sonoma County. Under close supervision, Court Security Deputies perform bailiff and court security responsibilities in Sonoma County's main and satellite courts. They may work within the court system, on law enforcement and crime prevention assignments such as accepting remands, conducting preliminary criminal investigations, and supporting judicial protection. To learn more about how we serve the community, please visit the Sonoma County Sheriff's Office website.
*Salary is negotiable. Benefits described herein do not represent a contract and may be changed without notice. Additional information can found in the Deputy Sheriffs' Association Memorandum Of Understanding (DSA MOU) Labor Agreement. Bilingual positions require English and Spanish skills at either the basic (conversational) or fluent (reading, writing, and conversational) level. Applicants who wish to be considered for the bilingual positions must indicate their skill in the required supplemental questionnaire. An examination will be conducted prior to employment to a bilingual designated position to confirm level of skill in this area.
Extra-help employees relieve or augment permanent staff. Intermittent, extra-help employees are not in the classified civil service and do not have property rights to permanently allocated positions. In addition, they do not receive most regular employee benefits such as: long-term disability insurance coverage; accrual of vacation; participation in the County retirement program; or eligibility to take promotional examinations. Intermittent, extra-help employees are limited in their employment to a maximum of 1,380 hours within any twelve month consecutive period. Extra-help employees who meet the eligibility requirements may qualify for a County contribution toward medical coverage.
APPLICATION SUBMISSIONS REQUIRE THE SUPPLEMENTAL QUESTIONNAIRE BE COMPLETED.
Education: Graduation from high school or possession of an acceptable General Education Development Certificate.
Experience: One year of recent, full-time paid experience as a law enforcement officer with a city, county, state or federal police agency.
Special Qualifications: Possession of the P.O.S.T. basic certificate. Law enforcement experience performing patrol functions is highly desirable.
License: Possession of a valid California driver's license and a good driving record.
Background Requirement: Incumbents shall not have been convicted of a felony in this state or any other state or in any federal jurisdiction, or of any offense in any other state or in any federal jurisdiction, which would have been a felony If committed in this state, nor be under current formal probation supervision.
Citizenship Requirement: Permanent resident aliens who wish to be employed as peace officers must apply for citizenship at least one year before application for such employment. If a permanent resident alien has not obtained citizenship within three years after application for employment or is denied citizenship, he or she shall be disqualified for peace officer status.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
Working knowledge of: the laws, ordinances, rules and regulations enforced by the department; modern procedures and methods employed in crime detection and investigation and knowledge of general police practices and techniques; court procedures in criminal and civil trials. Working knowledge of the use and care of firearms; criminal attitudes and behavior patterns and the social factors underlying criminal behavior; recent developments, current literature and sources of information of criminal investigation procedures and police patrol practices.
Knowledge of: first aid methods and their applications; the geography and topography of Sonoma County.
Ability to: enforce the law firmly, tactfully and impartially and to deal courteously with the general public; make quick, effective and reasonable decisions and to take appropriate action in emergencies; understand and follow written and oral directions. Ability to speak and write effectively.
Selection Procedure & Some Helpful Tips When Applying
- Your application information and your responses to the supplemental questions are evaluated and taken into consideration throughout the entire selection process.
- You should list all employers and positions held within the last ten years in the work history section of your application and should be as thorough as possible when responding to the supplemental questions.
- You may include history beyond ten years if related to the position for which you are applying. If you held multiple positions with one employer, list out each position separately.
- Failure to follow these instructions may impact your competitiveness in this process or may result in disqualification.
Please visit Getting-a-Job with the County of Sonoma to review more detailed information about the hiring process, including the application process, examination steps, and department selection process.
Supplemental Questionnaire Responses Are Required
The supplemental questionnaire is a critical component of your employment application. Responses to supplemental questions may be scored using position-specific criteria. Please provide specific and detailed responses of a reasonable length to allow for thorough assessment of your qualifications. Responses which state "See Resume" or "See Application" may be considered insufficient and therefore may not be scored.
The selection procedure will consist of the following examination:
Application and Supplemental Questionnaire Appraisal
(pass/not pass) will be conducted to evaluate each applicant's combination of educational coursework, training, experience, knowledge, and abilities which relate to this position to ensure satisfaction of the minimum qualifications for this position. Candidates who possess the minimum qualifications for the position will be placed on an extra-help employment list and referred to the department. The department may contact candidates from the employment list who possess the most appropriate job-related qualifications for further consideration.
The Sheriff's Office encourages out-of-state applicants. However, in order to qualify for this position, they must obtain a California POST Basic Course Waiver (BCW) to meet California's Regular Basic Course Training requirements. The BCW process is for individuals who want to become California peace officers, and have completed at least 664 hours of general law enforcement training (including a general law enforcement basic course of at least 200 hours). Once the BCW process is successfully completed, the applicant receives a waiver of the California Basic Course. For more information visit http://post.ca.gov/basic-course-waiver-process.aspx.
If you are in possession of a BCW, please attach a copy to your application materials.
Being part of the Sheriff's Office and being expected to keep the public safe requires a thorough background investigation process. This process includes an assessment of prior work history, verifying educational experiences, court reports, public records searches, understanding past patterns relating to drug usage, financial patterns, etc. This entails gathering a significant amount of information from job candidates and speaking to former employers, friends, family members, etc. Polygraphs, drug tests, and medical, and physical examinations are also part of this process. Candidates must be honest and forthcoming about information that may arise during the background process. Deception during any portion of this process is grounds for disqualification, even after employment. This process can take anywhere from 3-5 months. Many factors are taken into consideration and one should not assume a credit issue or prior drug use is automatically disqualifying. Candidates will be given the opportunity to present mitigating information they feel should be considered. You are encouraged to be as responsive as possible while this process is taking place to help expedite the timeline, and we encourage you to stay patient and interested in this great career opportunity while this process is taking place.
You may also review the
Job Classification Screening Schedule to determine the requirements for this position.
Please read the
Sheriff's Office Pre-Employment Drug Use Guidelines (Download PDF reader) for further information.