Deputy Sheriff - Custodial - Lateral

  • Stanislaus County, CA
  • Modesto, California
  • Jun 04, 2022
Full Time Custodial and Janitorial Public Safety
  • Salary: $64,833.60 - $78,811.20 Annually USD

Job Description

About the Opportunity

The Deputy Sheriff-Custodial position escorts, receives, registers, controls, supervises and cares for inmates and may be assigned to either the Sheriff's Detention Center (SDC)-East and West Facilities, Minimum Housing Unit or Re-entry and Enhanced Alternatives to Custody Training Center (REACT). Deputies must be mature, emotionally stable and able to work effectively in an environment that is often hostile, unpredictable and occasionally unpleasant. Deputies must have the ability to direct and instruct groups of inmates; have a tolerant attitude towards those confined; be able to respond to a wide variety of situations and exercise sound judgment. This position is also required to work under a "No Hostage Policy" setting and performs related duties as assigned. Entry into the Deputy Sheriff-Custodial classification offers career opportunities in custodial correction work.

To learn more about the Sheriff's Office click here.

Deputy Sheriff-Custodial personnel are peace officers pursuant to 830.1 (c), whose authority extends to any place in the state only while engaged in the performance of the duties of his or her respective employment and for the purpose of carrying out the primary function of employment relating to his or her custodial assignments, or when performing other law enforcement duties directed by his or her employing agency during a local state of emergency. This classification should not be confused with that of the Deputy Sheriff, whose authority to act as a peace officer has no time restrictions.

This Recruitment is for the following level:

Lateral Transfer - STC Certified (Full time)*
*Stanislaus County Personnel Policy defines lateral transfers as persons with permanent or probationary status employed in another public agency and originally hired in that agency through a competitive process in the same or comparable classification requiring similar minimum qualifications. Additionally, the candidate must be currently employed with another governmental organization at the time of the conditional offer of employment.

Lateral Transfer Incentives

Vacation Accruals --This incentive may allow for a lateral transfer to start County employment with vacation accrual rates higher than entry level employees.

  • Does not front load any vacation leave time.
  • Provide the ability to recognize that a lateral candidate is earning vacation leave at a higher rate than entry level employees in their current position.
  • May be placed within Stanislaus County's existing vacation accrual schedule closest to their current vacation accrual rate, but they may not exceed the vacation accrual rates they are currently earning.

Sick Leave Accruals --This incentive is intended to provide some continuity of sick leave benefits for candidates who are considering transferring employment to Stanislaus County and losing an existing bank of accrued sick leave benefits.
  • May allow for a lateral transfer to front load the equivalent of six months of sick leave accruals (48 hours) at the start of the first pay period following the date of hire.
  • The lateral transfer would not accrue any additional sick leave until six months of service is completed.

Probationary Period --This incentive would allow for Department Heads to grant a lateral transfer permanent status upon completion of six months of satisfactory employment with Stanislaus County, as evidenced by a documented performance evaluation.
  • Provision may be used when the candidate has already gained permanent status in the same classification with his/her current employer.

Unless otherwise provided, this position is part of the Classified Service of the County and is assigned to the Deputy Sheriff's Association Bargaining Unit bargaining unit for labor relations purposes.

Individuals who are in a full-time classification position are required to serve an eighteen-month probationary period, which may be extended an additional six months, for a total of twenty four months. Incumbents may also be subject to overtime, standby, callback, weekend, holiday and shift assignments as identified in their MOU (Memorandum of Understanding).

Part-time extra-help is a provisional classification where permanent status may not be obtained. This position is subject to overtime, standby, shift, and callback assignments and will perform related duties as assigned. This position is non-benefited except for participation in a 401a program with Nationwide.

Lateral candidates are highly encouraged to contact StanCERA regarding the specifics on retirement tiers and plans as it may affect current contributions. Contact can be made by calling (209) 525-6393 or at the website

The Job Task Analysis provides information detailing the physical and functional demands of the classification. For the complete job task analysis, visit the Risk Management website at under the "Disability" tab.

It is important that you attach any documentation/verification to your application for the relevant education and/or licensure you possess listed under the Minimum Qualifications of this job announcement. Applications without this documentation attached will be rejected as incomplete.

Typical Tasks
  • Receives, books, searches, attends to and releases inmates in the SDC-East and West Facilities, Minimum Housing Unit, and REACT Center;
  • Maintain order and discipline among inmates;
  • Type booking slips, head-count rosters, incident reports, and other forms as required; Serve civil process papers;
  • Serve as a hospital guard;
  • Inspect sanitation and oversees the feeding of inmates;
  • Supervise the daily activities of the Jail inmates;
  • Analyze situations accurately and adopts an effective course of action quickly;
  • Escort and transport inmates to and from the clinic, court, hospital, and State institutions;
  • Serve as storekeeper and issue daily supplies;
  • Appoint and supervises trustees; and
  • Make arrests pursuant to Penal Code Section 830.1 (c).

Minimum Qualifications (Skills, Abilities, Knowledge, Education/Experience)

  • Read and understand policies, rules, instructions, laws, and ordinances pertaining to law enforcement activities;
  • Supervise the daily activities of sentenced and non-sentenced inmates;
  • Think clearly, use good judgment and adopt quick, effective, and reasonable courses of action in emergency situations;
  • Remember names, faces, details of incidents and places, and possess good powers of observation;
  • Apply modern principles of hygiene;
  • Enforce rules and regulations with fairness, tact and impartiality; and
  • Type reports accurately and at a reasonable rate of speed.

  • The purposes and objectives of modern detention facility techniques;
  • Principles and techniques of supervising group activities in a detention, secured setting facility; and
  • Laws statutes, court proceedings, and regulations governing both sentenced and non-sentenced inmates.

We recognize your time is valuable, please only apply if you meet the following required qualifications.

  • Graduation from high school or passage of high school level General Education Development (GED) test; AND
  • Successfully complete the Stanislaus County arrest and firearms training courses pursuant to 832 PC (as prescribed by POST) and the jail operations course pursuant to 6035 PC (as prescribed by the Corrections Standards Authority) within twelve (12) months from the date of employment; AND
  • Physical/manipulative abilities required by the department; AND
  • Mental/cognitive abilities required by the department; AND
  • Must be of good moral character and must not have been convicted of a crime for which the punishment could have been imprisonment in a Federal penitentiary or a State prison; AND
  • Possess and maintain a valid California Driver's License; AND
  • Not less than 21 years of age at time of appointment; AND
  • Must be currently employed in a California Adult Detention agency with at least one (1) year of full time experience as a correctional deputy in a California Adult Detention agency; AND
  • Must have your Standards and Training for Corrections (STC) training certificate or Adult Corrections Officer CORE academy or supplemental with documentation to substantiate your eligibility.

  • Pursuant to Government Code Section 1031 applicants for peace officer positions must be a citizen of the United States or a permanent resident alien who is eligible for and has applied for citizenship.


  • Ability to physically perform essential job functions typical of the duties of Deputy Sheriff - Custodial; AND
  • Read or see objects under ambient, limited or artificial lighting, and at a reasonable distance with sufficient clarity to permit their recording or accurate description; i.e., persons, vehicles, license, numbers, addresses, street signs, items of property, written messages, printed material, etc.; AND
  • Hear normal speech and other audible events, even in combination with other environmental noise; i.e., gunshots, cries for help, glass breaking, alarm bells ringing, etc.; AND
  • Sit or stand for long periods of time; walk, run, jump, kneel, crouch, twist, stoop, squat, crawl and climb; carry the average weight of a person (approximately 165 pounds); take physical charge of a person who may resist arrest; work indoors and outdoors, including extreme heat and cold; tolerate extreme noise and vibrations; work in a confined working space; work with chemicals, explosive materials, and mechanical and electrical hazard.

Application and Selection Procedures


Applications cannot be submitted later than 5:00 p.m. on the final filing date. Make your online application as complete as possible so a full and realistic appraisal may be made of your qualifications.

Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of a completed application.

Attaching your resume and cover letter are an optional feature for those who wish to do so in addition to completing the required application. Information on your resume and cover letter will not substitute for the education, work experience and required fields on the County application. The online County application is the primary tool used to evaluate your job qualifications.


Most County recruitments consists of the steps detailed below and are governed by Merit Principles. The examination process ensures that all applicants are given the same opportunity to gain employment within Stanislaus County.
  • Application Review and Screening. Applications are carefully screened based on information provided. Those who submit incomplete applications that lack relevant qualifications or do not submit all required documents will not be invited to move on.
  • Physical Agility Exam. A timed physical agility exam will be administered. The physical agility exam may include, but is not limited to, the following events: 500 yard run, 165 pound body drag, 99 yard agility obstacle course, six foot fence climb and six foot wall climb.
  • Written Examination. Applicants will be invited to participate in a written exam that tests knowledge for the position.
  • Oral Examination. Applicants are invited to a panel interview in which they will be evaluated by County subject matter experts.
  • Eligible Lists. Candidates who pass the examinations will be placed on an eligible list for that classification. Eligible lists are effective for six months, but may be extended up to eighteen months. As part of the selection process, candidates will be expected to pass a(n):
    • In-depth background investigation including completion and review of a Personal History Statement;
    • Computer Voice Stress Analysis (CVSA) or polygraph examination;
    • Psychological examination; and
    • Medical examination.


Application Deadline: Continuous but may close at any time.

Physical Agility Examination: TBA

Written Examination: TBA

Oral Examination: TBA

Note: The eligible list generated from this recruitment may be used to fill future extra-help, part-time and full-time vacancies throughout Stanislaus County .


Final appointment will be conditional upon successfully passing a County paid pre-employment drug screening (if applicable for position) and a job-related background investigation.

Some positions may require possession or the ability to obtain, and maintenance of a valid California Driver's license or the ability to utilize an alternative method of transportation when needed to carry out job related essential functions.

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Cell phones are typically incompatible with the online application format or browser. We recommend using a desktop or laptop computer. If you are still having technical difficulties, please call NEOGOV at 1-855-524-5627.
Closing Date/Time: Continuous

Job Address

Modesto, California United States View Map