Deputy Sheriff Trainee (Open)

  • County of San Mateo, CA
  • Redwood City, California
  • Jun 04, 2022
Full Time Public Safety
  • Salary: $86,673.60 Annually USD

Job Description


This job posting was amended on April 6, 2022 to update the minimum age requirement

from 18 to 21 years of age.
The San Mateo County Sheriff's Office invites applications for the Deputy Sheriff Trainee position. We pledge Commitment, Integrity, and Compassion to all citizens and visitors. Whether you are looking to start a career or advance a career in law enforcement, the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office invites you to join our team of over 700 staff and approximately 500 volunteers to carry these values forward.

Deputy Sheriff Trainee is the entry-level class of the Deputy Sheriff series. Initially under close supervision, incumbents receive Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) Academy and/or field officer training in order to acquire a POST Basic Certificate. Incumbents perform a wide variety of peace officer tasks under close and direct supervision of experienced officers and are required to promote to the journey-level Deputy Sheriff classification after acquiring the education and experience required of the State of California POST Basic Certificate. At the higher journey level, Deputies facilitate community interaction and utilize collaborative problem-solving techniques; 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.
Current San Mateo County Sheriff's Correctional Officers who are selected for the positions will remain in their Correctional Officer classification and current pay grade while attending the Academy. Upon Academy graduation, Correctional Officers are then moved into a Deputy Sheriff classification and pay range.

NOTE: The eligible list generated from this recruitment may be used to fill future extra-help, term, unclassified, and regular classified vacancies.

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

Applicants for the Deputy Sheriff Trainee position must pass the POST Entry-Level Law Enforcement Test Battery (PELLETB) with a minimum T-Score of 48 and must pass the Physical Agility Test-Work Sample Test Battery (WSTB) with a minimum score of 320, within a year of the date of application.

All pre-application tests for Deputy Sheriff Trainee applicants must be completed before submitting an application. Test results from other training organizations and law enforcement agencies will be accepted so long as they meet California Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) requirements. Locally, applicants can complete these tests at the South Bay Regional Training Consortium (aka The Academy). Applicants are responsible for contacting The Academy ( and self-enrolling in the required written test, physical agility test, and 1.5-mile run. Visit The Academy's website for current test schedules, requirements, and enrollment.

The following describes these tests in detail:

1) Written Test - POST Entry-Level Law Enforcement Test Battery (PELLETB) - This test must be completed in less than 2.5 hours, and it must be passed with a minimum T-Score of 48. The areas covered by the test include:

  • Spelling - Select the correct spelling of a word from a list of options
  • Vocabulary - Select the correct meaning of a word from a list of options
  • Clarity - Select the sentence that is most clearly written from a pair of options
  • Reading - Read a passage and answer questions about the passage's content
  • CLOZE - Use contextual clues to complete a passage that contains missing words
2) 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's website. The events include:
  • 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
3) 1.5-Mile Run - This is a pass/fail test held independently of the WSTB, and it must be completed in 14 minutes or less.

Note: All test scores must be within one year of the date of your application for the Deputy Sheriff Trainee position. A Basic Police Academy certification, meeting POST requirements, dated within one year of application will be accepted in lieu of PELLETB and WSTB scores. A valid Basic Police Academy certification that meets POST requirements obtained more than one year ago will be accepted in lieu of PELLETB, but applicants must submit WSTB and 1.5 mile run results completed within a year of application.
Education : Graduation from high school or possession of a GED.

Licensure/Certification : Possession of a Class C California driver license or equivalent. Eligibility for State of California P.O.S.T. law enforcement academy and field officer training OR successful graduation from State of California P.O.S.T. law enforcement academy and eligibility for field officer training. Candidates must successfully complete field officer training and receive a Basic POST Certificate within their probationary period.

Knowledge of : Civil laws, codes, ordinances and recent court decisions; principles and practices of law enforcement, criminal investigation and basic psychology; and rules of evidence, laws of arrest and court procedure.

Skill/Ability to : Exercise good judgment; read and comprehend legal documents, law enforcement manuals, and court decisions; read standard street and highway maps; follow instructions; function effectively under stress; project authority; observe accurately; perform repeated strenuous physical exertion; write reports and correspondence; communicate effectively orally; communicate with all types of people; and meet State of California POST medical and physical standards for law enforcement personnel.

Other Requirements : Candidates selected for the positions must also pass a background investigation, psychological exam, polygraph and medical evaluations.
Open: Anyone may apply. Responses to the supplemental questions must be submitted in addition to our regular employment application form. A resume will not be accepted as a substitute for the required employment application and supplemental questionnaire.

This is a continuous recruitment which may close at any time. The final filing date will be posted five days in advance on this job announcement.

Eligible List Placement: Applicants for this position must take and pass the Physical Agility - Work Sample Test Battery (pass/fail), the 1.5 mile run in 14 minutes or less, and the POST Entry-level Law Enforcement Test Battery (PELLETB) with a minimum T-score of 48 (weight: 100%) or have a valid Basic Police Academy certificate (as detailed above) to be placed on the eligible list. For information regarding the tests, see the pre-application test descriptions above. To register for these exams, contact the South Bay Regional Public Safety Training Consortium at

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

Responses to the supplemental questions and copies of required test scores must be submitted in addition to the regular employment application form. Applications submitted without the attachments will be rejected.

Please keep available the instructions below on how to attach documents to your application as you prepare to submit your application.
- In the application form, choose the "Attachments" link
- Click the "Add Supplemental Attachment" link
- Select "PELLETB T Scores" in the Attachment Type choices
- Click "Upload" to find and select your saved document
- Click the "Add Supplemental Attachment" link again
- Select "Physical Agility Result" in the Attachment Type choices
- Click "Upload" to find and select your saved document
- Click on the "Next" button to proceed with the rest of the application process

Apply immediately. This recruitment is open on a continuous basis and selections may be made at any time within the process.

The County of San Mateo may require that all employees provide proof of COVID-19 vaccine or comply with weekly COVID-19 testing. Employees hired into specified health care facilities and other high-risk settings where there is potential for frequent COVID-19 exposure to staff and highly vulnerable patients are required to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination. For more specific information, please refer to the County's COVID-19 Vaccine and Testing Policy .

County of San Mateo is an Equal Opportunity Employer

HR Contact: Ximena Burns (06302017) (Deputy Sheriff Trainee - H061)

Remote-eligible (Remote work is a type of flexible working arrangement that allows an employee to work from remote location)


Job Address

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