Sheriff's Correctional Deputy - Lateral

  • San Jose, California
  • Jul 01, 2020
Full Time CORRECTIONS Public Safety
  • Salary: $87,565.92 - $106,439.84 Annually USD

Job Description

Under supervision, to maintain order and security of inmates within a detention facility, and to transport from the Department of Correction facilities, to and from court, medical facilities, and other locations within and outside the County; to supervise a crew of inmates in work projects throughout the County, and to assist in the correction of anti-social attitudes and behavior.

Under the appointing authority of the Sheriff, the Sheriff's Correctional Deputy has peace officer status while assigned to a detention facility and extending to any place in the state while engaged in duties described in Penal Code 830.1(c).

The test day for this recruitment is tentatively scheduled for Saturday, 10/17/2020. 
Typical Tasks
  • Supervises the conduct of inmates in living quarters, during meals and bathing, at recreation and on work assignments;
  • Maintains security of inmates by taking periodic counts and by surveillance of activities;
  • Supervises groups of inmates assigned to shop, farm, road, or other maintenance activities and insures that the work is performed properly;
  • Inspects quarters for cleanliness and proper order and conducts cell searches and confiscates contraband;
  • Books arrestee into jail including recording custody information, inventorying personal property; orients new inmates to rules, regulations, and responsibilities;
  • Releases inmates from custody on proper authority;
  • Admits visitors with proper credentials within authorized regulations and advises on rules and procedures;
  • Reports unauthorized absences and escapes;
  • Recommends assignment to work furlough program or more secure confinement;
  • Responds to emergencies and circumstances requiring immediate attention;
  • Exercises influence toward motivating inmates to modify their antisocial attitudes and behavior;
  • Reports infractions of rules and regulations and irregular and suspicious occurrences, and issues citations of infractions;
  • Prepares written reports on the work, conduct, and habits of inmates and their adjustment; writes incident logs and criminal reports;
  • Transports and escorts inmates to court, between facilities or other locations;
  • Maintains security within the correctional facility and prevents escapes, physically restrains inmates when necessary, conducts perimeter checks of the facility and performs headcount;
  • Conduct warrant and warrantless misdemeanor or felony arrests of persons within the County's detention facilities;
  • Answers inquiries concerning corrections procedures;
  • Supervises inmate visitation;
  • Performs business and record keeping functions, including monetary transactions, computer operations, and processing of booking files, bail/fine monies, and court paperwork;
  • Participates in honor guard assignments and other community relations activities;
  • Collects, organizes, interprets, and analyzes a variety of information to determine an appropriate and reasonable course of action;
  • Conducts recruitments and makes other public appearances;
  • Applies first aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation techniques as needed;
  • Conducts recruitment background investigations;
  • May appear in court to testify;
  • May be assigned as a Disaster Service Worker, as required;
  • Performs other related work as required.

Employment Standards
Graduation from high school or possession of a General Education Development (G.E.D.) Certification

Completion of the Correctional Officer training approved by the California State Board of Corrections. In addition, must possess current certification that demonstrates successful completion of coursework fulfilling the requirements of Penal Code Section 832 (describes course prescribed by Commission of Peace Officer Standards and Training).

Special Requirements:

Must meet the Appointing Authority's background requirements and all required minimum standards which may include but are not limited to: Applicants who have passed their 20th birthday may submit an application but cannot be appointed until they have reached their 21st birthday.
  Felony convictions will be disqualifying. Misdemeanor convictions may be disqualifying depending on the type, frequency, severity and time of offense.
  Must be able to take and pass a thorough medical examination. May be disqualified on the basis of established medical standards (current P.O.S.T. or Departmental orders).
  Must successfully pass a psychological evaluation.
  Must successfully demonstrate and maintain physical fitness in order to perform the full scope and functions of the job.
  Must pass a complete background investigation including fingerprints and a search of local, state, and national files for criminal history.
  Must be a citizen of the United States or a permanent resident who is eligible for and has applied for citizenship.
  Current certification in First Aid and Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (C.P.R.).
  Possession of a valid California Driver's License prior to appointment and the ability to qualify and maintain a County driver's permit.
  California Class B driver's license may be required for some positions.
  Ability to qualify for gun-bearing assignments may be required for some positions.
  County employees in Department of Correction employed as of January 1, 2011 in a similar classification will undergo an abbreviated screening process per departmental order. Knowledge of:
  • State and local laws and ordinances including, but not limited to those regulating the care, treatment, and custody of a diverse population of inmates, the operation of a correctional facility, and relevant sections of the Penal, Welfare and Institutions, and Business and Professions codes;
  • Investigative procedures, methods and techniques;
  • Modern sociological concepts and communication skills in dealing with a diverse and ethnic population;
  • First aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (C.P.R.).
Ability to:
  • Understand, interpret and apply departmental policies, rules, laws, and ordinances pertaining to the detention of inmates;
  • Control, direct, and instruct inmates individually and in groups in the performance of work projects and in handling personal problems;
  • Accurately observe, recall and document inmate behavior;
  • Prepare clear and concise reports;
  • Communicate effectively with individuals of various educational and socioeconomic backgrounds;
  • Make forcible arrests;
  • Understand and follow written and oral instructions;
  • Use and maintain equipment and supplies;
  • Effectively handle hostile and aggressive behaviors;
  • Analyze situations accurately and adopt an effective course of action;
  • Participate in investigation of crimes, accidents or other incidents as needed;
  • Exercise sound judgment, especially under stressful conditions;
  • Perform a variety of physical tasks;
  • Wear and operate equipment that may include emergency apparatus;
  • Adapt to work environment;
  • Work required hours and assigned shifts;
  • Meet firearms qualifications as required.

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Job Address

San Jose, California 95110 United States View Map