Sunday, May 27, 2018

Deputy Sheriff II (Lateral)

Recruitment #18-8604-01


THIS IS A NEW ASSEMBLED EXAMINATION.  The eligible list resulting from this examination will cancel any existing list and may last approximately one year, but can be extended.

Application and Supplemental Questionnaire:  A properly completed Supplemental Questionnaire must be submitted with each application.  Applications and Supplemental Questionnaires must be in the possession of the Human Resource Services Department by 5:00 p.m. on the Last Day for Filing. Failure to submit the supplemental questionnaire will result in disqualification.  Applications and supplemental questionnaire will only be accepted on-line.


Veterans who pass the examination process and provide a DD214 that meets the County’s criteria will receive additional points added to their final overall score. 

Please read the announcement in its entirety for important dates and information.



The Alameda County Sheriff's Office is a full service law enforcement agency accredited through the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) and the American Correctional Association (ACA). Additionally, the agency's health care provider, Prison Health Services, has dual accreditation through the National Commission on Correctional Health Care (NCCHC) and the California Medical Association (CMA). Together, these form what is referred to as the "Triple Crown" of accreditation (ACA, NCCHC/CMA and CALEA) awarded by the National Sheriff's Association. Additionally, the Sheriff's Office Crime Lab is nationally accredited by the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors (ASCLD). The Sheriff's Office Explosive Ordinance Disposal Unit has also been awarded national accreditation through the Bomb Squad Commanders Advisory Board.


The Sheriff's Office has a current adjusted net budget of approximately $185.7 million and has over 1600 authorized positions, including in excess of 1000 sworn personnel. The agency's Chief Executive Officer is Sheriff / Coroner Gregory J. Ahern, who is assisted in the operation of the agency by Undersheriff Richard T. Lucia, Assistant Sheriff's Casey Nice and Dennis Houghtelling.


The Sheriff of Alameda County is responsible for a vast array of tasks and duties, including the following:

•     Providing security to the Consolidated Superior Courts
•     Operating the Coroner's Bureau
•     Operating a full service criminalistics laboratory
•     Performing Civil Process
•     Operating a County Jail (Santa Rita)
•     Operating the County Office of Emergency Services
•     Providing patrol and investigative services to the unincorporated areas of Alameda County
•     Pursuant to contractual agreements, providing patrol and investigative services to the City of Dublin, Peralta Community College District, Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum complex, Oakland International Airport, Highland County Hospital, Social Services, and to the Alameda-Contra Costa Transit District
•     Conducting a basic academy pursuant to Police Officer Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.) requirements. [Sheriff's Academy Web Site
•     Providing Fish and Game enforcement
•     Project Director of the Narcotics Task Force
•     Serving as the Executive Director of the Sexual Assault Felony Enforcement (SAFE) Task Force
•     Operating a Marine Patrol Unit in the San Francisco Bay waters.


For more detailed information about the agency, visit:  Alameda County Sheriff's Office





Deputy Sheriffs, under general supervision at the higher level (Deputy Sheriff II), and close supervision at the lower level (Deputy Sheriff I), supervise the work and conduct of inmates in a county correctional institution; patrol an area and enforce law and order; receive and serve civil process; maintain order in courts; assist with special investigations; investigates circumstances surrounding death in cases referred to Coroner; under direction, coordinate emergency services programs and volunteer activities; and do related work as required.


For more detailed information about the job classification, visit:  Deputy Sheriff II (#8604)


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.

When assigned to custodial duties:

1. Ensures custody and accountability of prisoners; documents daily counts; maintains control in maximum, medium, and minimum security settings by ongoing inspections of cells, barracks, and other detention facilities; regulates the movement of prisoners, staff, and visitors in the jails; supervises the orderly service of meals to the inmates; oversees the recreational and educational programs provided; maintains discipline, and recommends disciplinary action when appropriate; submits comprehensive reports.

2. Supervises inmate workers engaged in such activities as building maintenance, demolition of structures, construction, roads and grounds maintenance, food preparation and service, agricultural programs, animal husbandry, fire suppression and clerical duties; requisitions, receives, stores, and makes available supplies and foodstuffs.

3. Interviews and classifies inmates, to determine appropriate housing and/or job assignment; evaluates past record, medical history, security risk, skills, aptitudes, and interests.

4. Processes prisoners in and out of the jail; completes booking procedures, records, photographs, and fingerprinting; takes custody of money, personal articles and clothing, issuing receipts; makes computer entries and inquiries designed to track defendants through the criminal justice system; receives bails and fines; and deals with the public both in person and by telephone.

5. Operates motor vehicles, mobile and portable radios, computer terminals, fire apparatus, farm and construction tools and equipment.

When assigned to patrol and investigation:

1. Patrols assigned beat area, checking homes, business establishments, schools and other features of the area for crime, suspicious circumstances, and hazardous conditions; operates two way radio unit and responds to calls to preserve the peace and enforce laws; apprehends principals, and renders assistance; makes preliminary investigations, obtaining statements and information, and preserving and marking evidence; serves criminal and civil papers; transports prisoners and books arrested persons; logs chronologically all patrol activities; prepares reports of crime investigations and arrests; assists local police officers in law enforcement work and gives aid to the public.

2. Secures and photographs evidence at crime scenes; dusts for fingerprints; photographs and lifts latent prints; marks, preserves, and processes evidence for submission to crime laboratory; and acts as expert witness in court.

3. Coordinates and conducts crime prevention programs; speaks before public and private groups; provides demonstrations and displays of crime prevention methods; and serves as technical resource in commercial, residential, and personal security.

When assigned to court duties:

1. As an officer of the Court, maintains order and is responsible for total security in the courtroom, including the custody of all prisoners while in court and during movement between court and holding facilities; takes charge of juries and conducts them to designated places; carries out all lawful orders of the court as directed; notes judicial disposition of each case and transmits information as required; may be required to perform other related duties, such as maintaining court library and service and delivery of court documents.

2. Serves civil and criminal processes as directed; prepares reports of service and makes returns to courts of origin; takes property into custody and arranges for transportation and storage or places a keeper in charge of property; makes evictions and turns property over to plaintiff; posts notices of sale; auctions property and issues certificates of sale.

3. Waits on counter to receive civil papers, collects fees and issues receipts; receives and verifies amount of bond and bail money; checks documents for seal and signature; verifies ownership of automobiles and businesses; maintains record of money received and disbursements; deposits funds; files cross reference cards, register of actions cards, and folders.

When assigned to Emergency Services Division:

Under day to day direction of the Assistant Director, Office of Emergency Services, and under supervision of Sergeant similarly directed:

1. Assists in preparation of fire and rescue elements of County's and client cities' emergency preparedness plans.

2. Assists in planning and conducting simulated emergency exercises.

3. Recruits and provides for training of volunteers in the fire, rescue, and underwater rescue services, including radiological monitoring and hazardous material precautions.

4. Maintains inventory of property and vehicles assigned to Office of Emergency Services.

5. Coordinates response of volunteer units to mutual aid requests; prepares reports of activity on ad hoc periodic basis.

6. Edits monthly publication concerning activities of the volunteer programs.

When assigned to the Coroner's Bureau:

1. Makes routine inspections of bodies involved in traumatic or unexpected deaths as well as the scene of the incidents; assists with the removal of the bodies to the morgue; maintains custody of the property of deceased persons; identifies and notifies next of kin; prepares records for burial of indigent and unclaimed dead and assists with their disposition.

2. Prepared reports detailing all cases investigated and prepares Coroner's Verdicts for the Commanding Officer utilizing police reports, Coroner's reports and pathological records; assists pathologists with autopsies.

3. Supervises shift operations in absence of Lieutenant, reviewing case assignments, approving reports; maintains supplies, building, grounds, etc.; acts as liaison with General Services Agency.

When assigned to other duties:

1. Transports prisoners to and from holding facilities, courts, and state institutions; performs extradition duties as required and directed.

2. Assists superior in organizing departmental training programs and teaches courses.

3. Performs recruitment duties in coordination with other governmental and private agencies; interviews and conducts background investigation of applicants and prepares reports of findings.


Either I

The equivalent of eighteen months of experience as a Deputy Sheriff I in the Alameda County classified Service (non-classified includes District Attorney’s Office, Hospital Authority, and the Consolidated Courts) and successful completion of a certified P.O.S.T. approved basic academy.


(1) A minimum of 36 months full-time experience as a Peace Officer in a California law enforcement agency (municipality, Sheriff, Highway Patrol) with a separation date within 12 months of application date.
(2) Successful completion of a certified P.O.S.T. approved basic academy;
(3) Attainment of a P.O.S.T. Basic Law Enforcement certificate.


Valid California State Motor Vehicle Operator's license.

Must be at least 21 years of age at time of appointment.

If not a citizen of the United States, must have filed for citizenship at least one year before applying for Deputy Sheriff.

Special Requirement:

Federal law and County policy requires that certain positions in the class of Deputy Sheriff I/II which require a commercial driver's license and the performance of duties defined as "safety sensitive" are subject to post-offer/pre-placement/pre-duty, reasonable suspicion, post-accident, random, return-to-duty and follow-up drug and alcohol testing.

A thorough background investigation will be made of all prospective Deputy Sheriffs. A record of any felony conviction will result in disqualification.

Physical Requirement:

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 Commission approved safety member physical standards.

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


The most suitably qualified candidates will possess the following competencies:

Ability to:

• Read, understand, interpret and apply department 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
• Exert physical force in the apprehension of suspects and in the saving of lives and property
• Use good judgment in emergency or critical situations
• Identify and address issues, problems, and opportunities
• Interact with others in a way that gives them confidence in one’s intentions
• Work effectively even when under stress or experiencing conflict
• Communicate clearly and concisely verbally and in writing
• Perform routine clerical and record keeping duties
• Quickly learn and apply the rules, procedures, laws and regulations relevant to the work


1) A review of candidates' applications and supplemental questionnaire to verify possession of minimum requirements. Those candidates who possess the minimum requirements for the class will move on to the next step in the examination process.

2) THE PHYSICAL ABILITIES TEST (Qualifying only).  Candidates passing this test will move on to the next step in the examination process.

3) An ORAL EXAMINATION which will be weighted as 100% of the candidate's final examination score.

4) A thorough BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION and PSYCHOLOGICAL EXAMINATION will be made of all prospective Deputy Sheriff Recruits. A record of any felony conviction will result in disqualification.




Alameda County utilizes a Civil Service Selection System founded on merit.  Such a system is competitive and based on broad recruitment efforts and equal opportunity for qualified applicants to test in an examination process designed to determine the qualifications, fitness and ability of competitors to perform duties of the vacant position.  Many of our recruitments are targeted and specific to the needs of a current vacant position, in which case, the eligible list may be exclusively used for that current vacant position.  Other recruitments may be more broadly used for both current and future vacancies, or for other alternate jobs with comparable scopes of work.

For more information on the Civil Service Selection process, please visit the “What You Need to Know” section of our website,


Selection Plan

Applicants will be informed via e-mail with reasonable notice in advance of any examination process which will require their attendance. The following dates are tentative and subject to change based on the needs of the Agency:



Deadline for Filing:

Friday, February 16, 2018, at 5:00 PM

Review of Applications and Supplemental Questionnaires for Minimum Qualification:

Friday, February 23, 2018

Physical Abilities Test (PAT)

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Oral Exam

Week of April 2, 2018


January 22, 2018:  Recruitment Announcement Release


January 22, 2018 – February 16, 2018: We will accept applications during this period.  All applications must be completed according to the instructions.  Incomplete applications, and resumes in lieu of properly completed applications, will not be considered.  Applications and supplemental questionnaires will only be accepted electronically, via the County's online application system by 5pm on the deadline for filing.  Please note that completing an application template is not the same as submitting an application for this position.  To apply for the position, select the "Click Here to Apply" link on the announcement.


February 17, 2018: Practice Physical Abilities Test.  Although not a test component or part of the selection plan, a practice PAT will be held at the Regional Training Center track located at 6289 Madigan Road in Dublin, CA. Sheriff’s Office staff will be available to provide assistance and guidance to candidates on all aspects of the PAT. Candidates who choose to participate in the practice should wear athletic clothing and arrive at the bleachers any time between the hours of 9am - 5pm. Participation in the practice PAT does not guarantee continued participation in the exam process. Guidance and assistance is not provided on the day of the actual PAT.


March 17, 2018:  Physical Abilities Test (Qualifying only) to assess candidates’ abilities to perform the physical aspects of law enforcement work. Those passing the PAT will be scheduled for the Oral Board Interview.


Week of April 2, 2018: Oral Board Interviews (weighted as 100% of the candidate's score) will consist of an evaluation conducted by an interview panel (the oral exam may include situational exercises).

Candidates will be required to present a valid photo I.D. for admittance to each phase of the examination, i.e., driver's license, military I.D., Passport, or California Department of Motor Vehicle's I.D. card.  



Alameda County and the Human Resource Services Department will make reasonable efforts in the examination and/or selection process to accommodate qualified individuals with disabilities and/or medical conditions in accordance/compliance with the State Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA), Federal Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Alameda County’s Reasonable Accommodation Policy and applicable statues.  To request an accommodation due to a disability/medical condition during this or other phases of the examination/selection process, please contact the assigned Human Resources Representative listed on the job announcement before the last date of filing. Alameda County requires applicants to provide supporting documentation to substantiate a request for reasonable accommodation. In order to qualify for a reasonable accommodation, applicants must have a disability/medical condition pursuant to the ADA, FEHA and applicable statutes.  


For more information regarding our Reasonable Accommodation procedures, please visit our website,


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

  • 11 paid holidays
  • Floating Holidays
  • Vacation and sick leave accrual
  • Vacation purchase program
  • Catastrophic Sick Leave
  • Employee Mortgage Loan Program
  • 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.



All notices related to County recruitments for which you have applied will be sent/delivered via email. Please add and as accepted addresses to any email blocking or spam filtering program you may use. If you do not do this, your email blocking or spam filtering program may block receipt of the notices regarding your application for recruitments. You are also strongly advised to regularly log into your County of Alameda online application account to check for notices that may have been sent to you. All email notices that will be sent to you will also be kept in your personal online application account. You will be able to view all of your notices in your online application account by clicking on the "My applications" button on the Current Job Openings page.


Please take the steps recommended above to ensure you do not miss any notices about a recruitment for which you have applied. The County of Alameda is not responsible for notices that are not read, received or accessed by any applicant for a County recruitment.


NOTE: All notices are generated through an automated email notification system. Replies to the email box are routed to an unmonitored mailbox. All notices are generated through an automated email notification system. Replies to the email box are routed to an unmonitored mailbox. If you have questions please go to our website at You may also contact the Human Resources Analyst listed on the job announcement for the recruitment for which you have applied.


Elaine Lemi | Human Resources Analyst
Human Resource Services, County of Alameda
(510) 272-6434 |


Alameda County is an Equal Opportunity Employer