8504 Deputy Sheriff [Academy Trained]

Recruitment #CCT-8504-904100



CONDITION OF EMPLOYMENT:  All City and County of San Francisco employees are required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment.  For details on how it is applicable to your employment, please click here.

Under general supervision, a Deputy Sheriff [Academy Trained] performs a variety of law enforcement duties including, but not limited to, duties relating to supervision of prisoners; serves civil process; supervises work programs and work crews; perform general law enforcement duties; and performs related duties as required. Employees may be assigned to any one of the following divisions:

  • Custody Operations
  • Field Operations
  • Administration and Programs
  • Planning and Projects

Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following: Booking and processing inmates; controlling and supervising the activities of inmates; operating communication equipment; monitoring and controlling movement of all personnel and vehicles entering and exiting facilities; maintaining internal and perimeter jail, court or building security; preparing and maintaining records; responding to disturbances and emergencies; preserving evidence and chain of custody at crime and emergency scenes; patrolling on foot and in vehicles, watching for indications of illegal or unauthorized activities and contraband; testifying in court and at hearings; conducting criminal investigations; completing detailed and accurate reports; administering alternatives to incarceration, ensuring program participation and returning offenders to custody as authorized by law; responding to public inquiries in a professional manner; implementing crime prevention strategies; and performing other general law enforcement duties as required. This position requires shift work, weekend/holiday work and overtime.

A probationary period must be served in Class 8504 in accordance with the MOU. The MOU currently requires a probationary period of 2,080 scheduled hours [WKP] worked, including legal holiday pay [LHP].

Minimum Qualifications

Applicants must meet all minimum qualifications listed below to be eligible to participate in the selection process.  Official verification of minimum qualifications will be required at the time of the background investigation.

  1. AGE: Applicant must be at least 20 years old at the time of application and 21 years old at the time of appointment.  There is no maximum age limit.
  2. CITIZENSHIP: Applicant must be a United States citizen at the time of appointment.
    Applicant must NOT have been:
    • Convicted of a felony;
    • Convicted of any misdemeanor that carries a penalty of prohibiting ownership, possession or control of a firearm;
    • Convicted of an offense involving domestic violence; or
    • Restricted from employment with the City & County of San Francisco. 
  4. DRIVER LICENSE: Applicant must possess and maintain a valid driver's license at the time of the Sheriff's Office background investigation.
  5. EDUCATION: Applicant must possess a U.S. high school diploma or have passed an equivalency test (GED or California High School Proficiency Examination), or possess a two-year or four-year degree or higher from an accredited college or university.   
  6. EXPERIENCE: One (1) year (equivalent to 2,000 hours) of any verifiable and satisfactory work experience, or one (1) complete year of any verifiable course work from an accredited U.S. college or university (30 semester hours/45 quarter units), or an equivalent combination.   
    1. Currently employed or employed with a law enforcement agency as a PEACE officer (i.e. 830.1PC) within the state of California within 3 years from the date of application filing; OR 
    2. Completion of a certified California POST basic academy within 3 years of completion of the POST basic academy; OR
    3. Completion of a certified California POST re-qualification course within 3 years from the date of re-qualification.  

NOTE:   Applicant MUST possess a valid California POST certificate at date of appointment. Please attach your proof of eligibility for item #7 in your application.

How To Apply

Applications for City and County of San Francisco jobs are only accepted through an online process. Visit www.jobaps.com/sf to register an account (if you have not already done so) and begin the application process.

  • Select the desired job announcement
  • Select “Apply” and read and acknowledge the information
  • Select either “I am a New User” if you have not previously registered, or “I have Registered Previously”
  • Follow instructions on the screen

In line with the Official Public Health Order to slow the spread of COVID-19, “shelter-in-place” has been issued for all San Francisco residents that is expected to be in effect until further notice. As a result, Department of Human Resources (DHR)’s office (located at 1 South Van Ness Avenue, 4th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94103) is currently closed to the general public. If you have any questions, please feel free to email the Human Resources Analyst listed on this announcement.

Applicants may be contacted by email about this announcement and, therefore, it is their responsibility to ensure that their registered email address is accurate and kept up-to-date. Also, applicants must ensure that email from CCSF is not blocked on their computer by a spam filter. To prevent blocking, applicants should set up their email to accept CCSF mail from the following addresses (@sfgov.org).

Applicants will receive a confirmation email that their online application has been received in response to every announcement for which they file. Applicants should retain this confirmation email for their records. Failure to receive this email means that the online application was not submitted or received.

All work experience, education, training and other information substantiating how you meet the minimum qualifications must be included on your application by the filing deadline. Information submitted after the filing deadline will not be considered in determining whether you meet the minimum qualifications.

Applications completed improperly may be cause for ineligibility, disqualification or may lead to lower scores.

If you have any questions regarding this recruitment or application process, please email at dhr-publicsafety@sfgov.org.

Selection Plan

Minimum Qualification Supplemental Questionnaire: (Weight: Qualifying)
Candidates will be prompted to complete a Minimum Qualification Supplemental Questionnaire as part of the online employment application. This questionnaire is designed to obtain specific information regarding an applicant in relation to the minimum qualifications for this position. It is essential that applicants provide complete information in identifying their education, experience, and training. The questionnaire will be used to evaluate if the applicant possesses the required minimum qualifications. Resumes will not be accepted. An incomplete Supplemental Questionnaire will result in disqualification of your application. Applicants who meet the eligibility requirements are not guaranteed to advance through all of the steps in the selection process.

Experience and Education Evaluation: (Weight: 100%)
Qualified applicants will be invited to complete the experience and education evaluation. The invitation will be sent after we confirm candidates meet the minimum qualifications. The experience and education evaluation will be used to assess applicable work experience and college courses related to the knowledge and abilities of the job.

Eligible List/Score Report:
Candidates that meet the minimum requirements above will be placed on the eligible list and referred to the Sheriff Office when there are vacancies in the Class. A confidential eligible list of applicant names that have passed the civil service examination process will be created and used for certification purposes only. Candidate names will remain on the list for a maximum period of 24 months.

An examination score report will be established, so applicants can view the ranks, final scores, and number of eligible candidates. Applicant information, including names of applicants on the eligible list, shall not be made public unless required by law. However, an eligible list shall be made available for public inspection, upon request once the eligible list is exhausted or expired and referrals resolved. The eligible list/score report resulting from this civil service examination process is subject to change after adoption (e.g., as a result of appeals), as directed by the Human Resources Director or the Civil Service Commission.

The eligible list resulting from this examination is subject to change after adoption (e.g., as a result of appeals), as directed by the Human Resources Director or the Civil Service Commission.

Candidates who are on the eligible list and elect to re-test will be assigned their most recent test score.

Placement on the eligible list does not guarantee nor imply that you will be offered employment. The City & County of San Francisco reserves the right to hire only the most suitably qualified candidates for this important position. The eligible list resulting from this examination will change as subsequent candidate scores are added to the list. Note that a candidate’s rank on the list will not change unless he or she re-tests and scores differently for the prior test.

Certification Rule:
The Certification Rule for the eligible list resulting from this examination will be the Rule of the List. The number of refusals allowed is zero (0).

Selection Procedures

All candidates must successfully complete the Departmental Selection Process components listed below to continue in the departmental selection process. After the eligible list is adopted, the Sheriff’s Office will administer the selection processes listed below to determine the most suitable candidates. These components will be administered approximately every three months, as needed or as capacity allows. Candidates will be scheduled and notified by the Sheriff’s Office.

1. Physical Ability Test (PAT):
Candidates must pass a PAT based on the physical requirements for the Deputy Sheriff I position. A description of the PAT will be issued at a later date to candidates who are placed on the eligible list and are not exempt from taking the PAT. The PAT is pass/fail. In lieu of the PAT, candidates may submit a valid Work Sample Test Battery (WSTB) PAT score to the San Francisco Sheriff’s Office Personnel Unit after they are contacted by the Personnel Unit about the PAT. Official WSTB scores must include the full name of the applicant, date the PAT was taken and the passing score on valid agency documentation. Official verification must be submitted directly to the San Francisco Sheriff’s Office Personnel Unit prior to the candidate’s scheduled PAT date and time.

Candidates do not need to submit a WSTB score for this selection process if they:

  1. Are currently employed with a law enforcement agency as a PEACE officer (i.e. 830.1PC) within the state of California; OR
  2. Are employed within 1 year from your last date of employment with another law enforcement agency as a PEACE officer (i.e. 830.1PC) within the state of California; OR
  3. Have completed a certified California POST Police Academy within 1 year of completion of the POST academy; OR
  4. Have completed a certified California POST requalification course within one (1) year of recertification.

Only California WSTB passing scores will be accepted for the PAT exemption. PAT scores of any other type will not be accepted.

2. Oral Interview:
Candidates will be interviewed to evaluate their interpersonal effectiveness, oral communication, and information processing abilities. The oral interview will be rated by subject matter experts, who will make recommendations as to which candidates should proceed in the selection process.

3. Background Investigation:
Candidates must complete and pass an employment, character, and background investigation to determine fitness for employment as a Deputy Sheriff. Applicants must meet POST background requirements to become a California State Peace Officer. A comprehensive personal history statement must be completed, and all statements by the candidates are subject to verification. Candidates will be required to pass a polygraph test, a drug test, and a psychological screening. Applicants who are untruthful during their background investigation will be disqualified.

A review of judicial and driving records will be conducted. Applicants must possess a valid driver’s license at the time of appointment and have a current history of careful and responsible motor vehicle operation. Prior negligent operator probation, license suspension, drunk, reckless, or hit and run driving, or multiple moving violations may be cause for disqualification, regardless of where they occurred. At the time of application or thereafter, any type of vehicle-related probation, or driving without a valid license, or driving without insurance will be disqualified.

The background investigation process includes an in-depth review of the candidate's private and public life including use of social media to identify biases. This includes, but is not limited to, actions such as use of slurs, bias, disparate behavior or treatment of others or selective enforcement based on a protected status such as race, sex or sexual orientation. Evidence of such biases will weigh heavily in the selection process.

Criminal history, repeated or serious unlawful behavior, use of controlled substances, poor credit, unsatisfactory job performance, inability to deal with co-workers, inability to accept supervision, negative employment or personal references or other relevant factors will also weigh heavily in the selection process.

4. Medical Examination:
Prior to appointment, candidates must be determined by a licensed physician to be free from any physical condition that would adversely affect the ability to perform the duties of a Peace Officer. Candidates must pass a medical examination by a designated City and County of San Francisco physician and must meet minimum standards for hearing, color vision, visual acuity, and other prescribed physical standards.

Candidates must pass all of selection components listed in this announcement. All hires must successfully complete a probationary period in Class 8504. The probationary period is twelve (12) months (2,080 scheduled hours [WKP] worked, including legal holiday pay [LHP]), but may be extended at the discretion of the Sheriff [or designee] to allow successful completion by employees.

Re-Testing Restrictions:

Test Component  Restriction for Retesting  Length of time passing score remains valid 
 Drug Test  1 year from the date of a fail  Must retest each time
 Physical Ability Test (PAT)  No restriction  Passing score valid for 1 year
 Background Investigation  1 year from date of a fail  Valid for initial job only.  Continued validity is at the discretion of the Sheriff.


POST Certificates:
Applicants who possess a valid California POST certificate will be required to submit verification during the background investigation.

Verification of certification/experience/education may be required at any point in the selection process. Failure to provide verification, if requested, will result in ineligibility for employment. All statements made on the application or on subsequent documents required under this selection process are subject to verification. Falsifying one’s test scores, education, training, or work experience or attempted deception on the application will result in disqualification.

Veteran’s Preference:
Information regarding requests for Veterans Preference can be found at: https://sfdhr.org/information-about-hiring-process#veteranspreference

Conviction History

As a selected candidate for a job, you will be fingerprinted, and your fingerprints will be sent to the California Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The resulting report of your conviction history (if any) will be used to determine whether the nature of your conviction (or arrest, in limited circumstances) conflicts with the specific duties and responsibilities of the job for which you are a selected candidate. If a conflict exists, you will be asked to present any evidence of rehabilitation that may mitigate the conflict, except when federal or state regulations bar employment in specific circumstances, such as:

  • Candidates for positions with the Unified School District and the Community College District may be disqualified from consideration should their conviction history not meet the standards established under the California Education Code.
  • Candidates for positions with the Recreation and Park Department may be disqualified from consideration should their conviction history not meet the standards established under California Public Resources Code 5164.

Having a conviction history does not automatically preclude you from a job with the City.

If you are a selected candidate, the hiring department will contact you to schedule a fingerprinting appointment.

Disaster Service Workers

All City and County of San Francisco employees are designated Disaster Service Workers through state and local law (California Government Code Section 3100-3109). Employment with the City requires the affirmation of a loyalty oath to this effect. Employees are required to complete all Disaster Service Worker-related training as assigned, and to return to work as ordered in the event of an emergency.


Terms of Announcement and Appeal Rights:
Applicants must be guided solely by the provisions of this announcement, including requirements, time periods and other particulars, except when superseded by federal, state or local laws, rules or regulations. [Note: The correction of clerical errors in an announcement may be posted on the Department of Human Resources website athttps://jobapscloud.com/sf/. The terms of this announcement may be appealed under Civil Service Rule 110.4. Such appeals must be submitted in writing to the Department of Human Resources, 1 S Van Ness Avenue, 4th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94103-5413 by close of business on the 5th business day following the issuance date of this examination announcement. Information concerning other Civil Service Commission Rules involving announcements, applications and examination policies, including applicant appeal rights, can be found on the Civil Service Commission website at http://sfgov.org/civilservice/rules

Reasonable Accommodation Requests:
Applicants with disabilities requiring reasonable accommodation for this examination can find information on requesting a reasonable accommodation at http://sfdhr.org/information-about-hiring-process#applicantswithdisabilities

General Information Concerning City and County of San Francisco Employment:
Employment information for the City and County of San Francisco can be obtained at https://sfdhr.org/information-about-hiring-process.

Copies of Application Documents:
Applicants are advised to keep copies of all documents submitted. Submitted documents become a permanent part of the exam record and will not be returned. The hiring department may require applicants to submit the same documents and/or additional documents at a later date.

Right to Work:
All persons entering the City and County of San Francisco workforce are required to provide verification of authorization to work in the United States.

Exam Type: CPE
Issued: March 26, 2021
Carol Isen, Human Resources Director
Department of Human Resources
Recruitment ID: 904100

All employees hired on or after January 10, 2009 will be required (pursuant to San Francisco Charter Section A8.432) to contribute 2% of pre-tax compensation to fund retiree healthcare. In addition, most employees are required to make a member contribution towards retirement, ranging from 7.5% 13.25% of compensation. For more information on these provisions, please contact your departmental personnel officer.

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