Deputy Sheriff - Lateral (Open)

  • County of San Mateo, CA
  • Redwood City, California
  • Aug 15, 2021
Full Time Public Safety
  • Salary: $97,198.40 - $121,513.60 Annually USD

Job Description

Are you an experienced peace officer? The San Mateo County Sheriff's Office is seeking current peace officers for the position of Deputy Sheriff Lateral.

The San Mateo County Sheriff's Office employs over six hundred sworn and civilian employees. Deputy Sheriffs investigate crimes; patrol assigned areas; receive, supervise and transport inmates; act as bailiff or civil deputy; and perform all related duties in law enforcement and crime prevention as may be assigned under general supervision.

To avoid delays in processing your application for this position, please read all the information contained in this job posting prior to submitting an application.


Successful candidates must have experience as a peace officer and must possess a valid California Basic POST Certificate. The Basic Certificate is awarded to current full-time peace officers of a POST-participating agency that have satisfactorily completed the prerequisite Basic Course requirement and the employing agency's probationary period.

IMPORTANT: Applicants for this position must submit with their application a copy of their Work Sample Test Battery (WSTB) Physical Agility Test results AND a copy of their valid California Basic POST Certificate or Basic Course Waiver Letter. The physical agility exam must have been completed within one year of the date the job application is submitted.
  1. Physical Agility Test - Work Sample Test Battery (WSTB) - This test consists of five individually timed and weighted events, and the minimum passing score is 320. The Academy offers optional practice sessions for the WSTB. Test and practice schedules are available on The Academy website.

The following five events are individually timed and weighted in terms of value.
  • 99-yard obstacle course with sharp turns and up to 34-inch high obstacles
  • 165-pound body drag for 32-feet
  • 6-foot chain link fence climb
  • 6-foot solid wall climb
  • 500-yard run

All pre-application tests for Deputy Sheriff Lateral applicants have been outsourced to the South Bay Regional Public Safety Training Consortium (aka The Academy). However, test results from other training organizations and law enforcement agencies will be accepted so long as they meet the California Peace Officer Standards & Training (POST) requirements. Applicants are responsible for contacting The Academy ( and self-enrolling for the required test. Visit The Academy's website for current test schedules, requirements, and enrollment.

2. California Basic POST (Peace Officer Standards and Training) Certificate - The Basic Certificate is awarded, as defined in Regulation 1011, to currently employed full-time peace officers of a POST-participating agency who have satisfactorily completed the prerequisite Basic Course requirement and the employing agency's probationary period.

Out-of-state applicants: Completion of the Basic Course Waiver process is an option for meeting California's Regular Basic Course training requirement for out-of-state applicants. An individual must successfully complete the entire four-step Basic Course Waiver (BCW) process to obtain a waiver. To begin or learn more about the Basic Course Wavier process, please visit

Certificate: As required by the State of California, incumbents at this level must possess a valid California Basic POST Certificate.

Education: High school diploma or its equivalent.

License: Valid California Class C Driver License or equivalent.

Citizenship: U.S. citizen; permanent resident aliens who are eligiblemust have applied for citizenship at the time of application for this position.

Background: No felony convictions and no recent drug use.

Physical Requirements: Must be free from any condition which might adversely affect fitness for the duties of the position; uncorrected visual acuity of at least 20/100 in each eye, correctable to 20/30 in each eye; weight must be in proportion to height.

Other requirements: Willing to work irregular hours, holidays, weekends, and rotating shifts. Refrain from using tobacco products at any time for employees hired by the County after October 1, 2004.
Anyone May Apply. Responses to supplemental questions must be submitted in addition to our County of San Mateo application form along with your Basic POST Certificate and your physical agilityexam results. An application screening committee may select those applicants whose education, experience, training, and knowledge most closely match the requirements of the position and the needs of the Sheriff's Office.

The examination will consist of a physical agility exam (weight: pass/fail) and a panel interview (weight: 100%). In order to be invited to the panel interview, candidates must have passed the physical agilityexam and possess a Basic POST certificate prior to applying. The panel interview will include the evaluation of a written exercise given just prior to the interview.

Candidates will be notified of the date, time and place of the examinations. Subsequent phases of the selection process include a psychological evaluation, polygraph test, and medical examination. The Sheriff's Office will conduct final interviews with candidates who pass all required tests and evaluations. Final selection of candidates is made by the Sheriff's Office and is based on panel interview performance and information gathered in the background investigation, psychological and polygraph assessments, and medical evaluations. The provisions of this bulletin do not constitute a contract, expressed or implied, and any provisions contained in this bulletin may be modified or revoked without notice. All examinations will be given in San Mateo County, California, and applicants must participate at their own expense.

IMPORTANT: Applications for this position will only be accepted online. If you are currently on the County's website, you may click the 'Apply' button above. If you are not on the County's website, please go to to apply.

For specific questions regarding retirement, the San Mateo County Employees' Retirement Association ( can be contacted by email ( or by phone (650-599-1234).

Tentative Recruitment Timeline:
Open until filled

San Mateo County is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Analyst:Mandy Singh(102516) (Deputy Sheriff - H060)

Keywords: Sheriff, officer, Deputy, Lateral

Job Address

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