County of Alameda

Deputy Sheriff's Recruit (#8601)

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Bargaining Unit: DSA - Deputy Sheriff (013)
$44.27-$44.27 Hourly / $3,541.60-$3,541.60 BiWeekly /
$7,673.47-$7,673.47 Monthly / $92,081.60-$92,081.60 Yearly

This classification specification describes the entry-level into the Deputy Sheriff flexibly staffed series for the law enforcement position for Alameda County.  This classification exists solely for those attending the California Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) certified Basic Academy.


This classification is part of a three-level flexibly staffed Deputy Sheriff classification series characterized by assignment to a California POST certified Basic Academy.  Under close supervision during this Academy, the Recruit will receive intensive academic instruction in law enforcement combined with rigorous physical fitness training.  

This classification is distinguished from the classification of Sheriff's Technician in that incumbents are in training for promotion to Deputy Sheriff I/II.  It is further distinguished from the higher classification of Deputy Sheriff I/II in that the incumbents do not have Peace Officer powers. 

Upon successful completion of the Academy, Recruits will be sworn in as Peace Officers and promoted to Deputy Sheriff I.

NOTE: The following are the duties performed by employees in this classification.  However, employees may perform other related duties at an equivalent level.  Each individual in the classification does not necessarily perform all duties listed.

Attend and/or enrolled in an assigned California POST certified Basic Academy and successfully meet all academic and physical requirements.


Graduation from high school or possession of an acceptable equivalency certificate, such as the General Educational Development Certificate (State of California).


Valid California State Motor Vehicle Operator's License by the time of appointment to Deputy Sheriff I.


Must be at least 21 years of age at the time of appointment to Deputy Sheriff I. 


Candidates are not required to be a US citizen but must be legally authorized to work in the United States under federal law. (SB 960)

NOTE:  The Civil Service Commission may modify the above Minimum Qualifications in the announcement of an examination.

NOTE:  The level and scope of the following abilities are related to duties listed under the “Examples of Duties” section of this specification.

Ability to:

  • Read, understand, interpret, and apply complex policies, rules, laws, and ordinances pertaining to law enforcement work.
  • Write clear, concise, comprehensive reports.
  • Accurately observe and remember names, faces, numbers, and events.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relations with others.
  • Use good judgment in emergency or critical situations.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, verbally and in writing.
  • Perform routine clerical and record-keeping duties. 
Special Requirements

A thorough background investigation and psychological examination will be made of all prospective Deputy Sheriff’s Recruits.  A record of any felony conviction will result in disqualification.

Hearing must be normal in each ear.

Using both eyes must have far vision of at least 20/100 without glasses, correctable to 20/20 with glasses.  Must be free from color blindness and permanent abnormality in either eye.

These standards are confined to far vision and color vision.  There are additional standards which may apply to other possible specific visual deficiencies.

Applicants must be in excellent physical condition with above-average strength, endurance, and agility and must meet California POST-approved safety member physical standards.

Old doc:  1099h
DF:bb  Revised 09/14/93
DF:dj  Rev. 5/5/94
RE:dhb  Rev. 2/98
New doc:  8601.doc
CSC Date:  3/18/98
ID:pf  Rev./Admin. Change 8/1/01
LN:po Revise/Retitle 2/21/06
[old title: Sheriff’s Recruit]
CSC Date:  3/1/2006
SA:saa Revised 01/31/2023
CSC Date:03/08/2023
SA:saa Revised 05/26/2023
CSC Date:08/09/2023


Alameda County offers a comprehensive and competitive benefits package that affords wide-ranging health care options to meet the different needs of a diverse workforce and their families. We also sponsor many different employee discount, fitness and health screening programs focused on overall well being.  These benefits include but are not limited to*:

For your Health & Well-Being

  • Medical – HMO & PPO Plans
  • Dental – HMO & PPO Plans
  • Vision or Vision Reimbursement
  • Share the Savings
  • Basic Life Insurance 
  • Supplemental Life Insurance (with optional dependent coverage for eligible employees) 
  • County Allowance Credit
  • Flexible Spending Accounts - Health FSA, Dependent Care and Adoption Assistance
  • Short-Term Disability Insurance
  • Long-Term Disability Insurance
  • Voluntary Benefits - Accident Insurance, Critical Illness, Hospital Indemnity and Legal Services
  • Employee Assistance Program

For your Financial Future

  • Retirement Plan - (Defined Benefit Pension Plan)
  • Deferred Compensation Plan (457 Plan or Roth Plan)

For your Work/Life Balance

  • 12 paid holidays
  • Floating Holidays
  • Vacation and sick leave accrual
  • Vacation purchase program
  • Catastrophic Sick Leave
  • Group Auto/Home Insurance
  • Pet Insurance
  • Commuter Benefits Program
  • Guaranteed Ride Home
  • Employee Wellness Program (e.g. At Work Fitness, Incentive Based Programs, Gym Membership Discounts)
  • Employee Discount Program (e.g. theme parks, cell phone, etc.)
  • Child Care Resources
  • 1st United Services Credit Union 

*Eligibility is determined by Alameda County and offerings may vary by collective bargaining agreement.  This provides a brief summary of the benefits offered and can be subject to change.


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