Deputy Sheriff Trainee - Continuous Opening

  • Napa County
  • Napa, California
  • Jun 04, 2022
Full Time Public Safety
  • Salary: $92,664.00 Annually USD

Job Description

The Napa Valley

The Napa Valley, Internationally known for its fine wines, exciting restaurants and world-class resorts, is home to 140,000 residents who share a strong sense of community and a legacy of preserving and protecting our rich agricultural heritage.

Located in the heart of California's preeminent wine region, the Napa Valley is also part of the dynamic San Francisco Bay Metropolitan Area. With its sunny Mediterranean climate and proximity to the mountains and ocean, the Valley offers residents easy access to virtually unlimited shopping, dining, cultural and recreational opportunities.

The Napa Valley's strategic location, natural and cultural resources, history of responsible land use planning and attractive quality of life provide the ideal mix of small town living and big city amenities.
County of Napa as an Employer
The County of Napa is a highly respected employer within the local community as well as throughout the region. We offer rewarding and challenging work, flexible hours, competitive salaries, a comprehensive benefits package and tremendous opportunities for career growth. At the County of Napa we truly value our employees and are committed to diversity in our family-oriented environment. This is why we are the Employer of Choice for more than 1,500 employees.

As an organization, the County is dedicated to improving the lives of our citizens and reflecting the best of the community's values: Respect, Accountability, Dedication, Integrity and Innovation.
The Position
We appreciate your interest in the profession of Deputy Sheriff. We strongly recommend that you find out as much as you can about the Napa County Sheriff's Department and law enforcement in general on the County's website Sheriff | Napa County, CA ( . You can also contact the Sheriff's Administrative Lieutenant at 707-253-4501 or for additional information.


1. You must have a verifiable T-Score of 42 or higher that has been issued no earlier than one year before you submit this application. If you are in the process of acquiring a verifiable T-Score of 42.0 or higher on the P.O.S.T. Pellet-B examination, your T-Score must be provided to Human Resources no later than the date of your oral panel interview. It is your responsibility to locate an agency for the P.O.S.T. Pellet-B testing. Some local testing agencies are listed below:

Sacramento County Sheriff's Office
The Academy South Bay Regional Public Safety Training

It is the applicant's responsibility to contact the agency, take the test, and provide the qualifying T-Score results to Human Resources within the required time frame. You can send the T-Score via email to nicole.everett . Please include your full name and Pellet-B T-Score in the subject line of the email. If you have your T-score at the time of application, attach your T-score to your application.

2. You must be an United States citizen or permanent resident (or in the application process) at the time of application.

3. You must be at least 20 1/2 years of age at the time of your application submission .

4. You must have a valid California driver's license. If you are an out-of-state applicant, you must possess a valid driver's license for the state in which you reside, but must be able to successfully obtain a California driver's license.

Additional Pay Incentives

HIRING BONUS : Newly hired Deputy Sheriff Trainee will receive $5,000. $2,500 of the hiring bonus will be paid in the second pay period of employment. The remaining $2,500 bonus will be paid upon successful completion of probationary period.

LOAN FORGIVENESS PROGRAM : Applicants who attended and received a degree (Associate's or Bachelor's) consisting of a minimum of 60 credits/units at a regionally accredited school by the Council of Regional Accrediting Commissions are eligible to receive a payment up to $20,000 (or $30,000 if certified bilingual by Napa County) towards student loan(s). Loans must be existing loans, which the employee can prove they held as of their hire date and was borrowed while attending the accredited institution during the time the degree was earned. All payments will be made directly to the student loan lender once appropriate verifications have been made. In order to be eligible for this loan forgiveness, the employee must have completed five (5) years of satisfactory service with Napa County, without a break in service.

EMPLOYEE REFERRAL BONUS : County employees who refer a candidate for Deputy Sheriff Trainee will receive a recruitment bonus of $750 upon the successful completion of a one year probationary period. Employee's names must be listed on the candidate's application prior to submission.

EDUCATIONAL REIMBURSEMENT : County employees are eligible for reimbursement up to $1,500 per fiscal year for tuition and books upon successful completion of County approved college or university courses or other courses directly related to the candidate's job duties.

BILINGUAL PAY : For bilingual speaking skills, Deputy Sheriff Trainees are eligible to receive $60 for Level I and $80 for Level II, per pay period, upon the recommendation of the hiring manager.

Recruitment Process:

1. Application review for minimum qualifications will be conducted on a periodic basis.

2. Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications must attend the mandatory, in-person Information Session and Physical Agility Test (PAT). Applicants will receive a subsequent email invitation to sign up for the Information Session and Physical Agility Test once a date has been established by the Sheriff's Office. The Information Session will consist of a detailed discussion about the Deputy Sheriff Trainee position and the completion of a pre-background questionnaire. Business attire is expected for the Information Session.

The PAT will take place immediately after the information session. You may bring a change of gym clothes with you for the PAT portion of the session. Physical Agility Test (PAT) scores from other agencies are not accepted, so please do not submit them.

The Physical Agility Test (PAT) will consist of the following:
- 32-foot dummy drag
- 500-yard run
- 6-foot solid wall climb

3. Applicants who successfully complete the Informational Session (including the pre-background questionnaire) and the Physical Agility Test, will be invited to participate in the Oral Panel Interviews. Candidates must have a verifiable T-Score of 42.0 or higher received by Human Resources by the time of their interview date in order to participate in Oral Panel Interviews.

4. The dates for Oral Panel Interviews will be provided with advanced notice. .

Human Resources reserve the right to make changes to the recruitment process or the timeline at any time.

Example of Duties

The successful candidate will attend the basic Police Academy to prepare and learn the duties and responsibilities for the position of Deputy Sheriff.

The class of Deputy Sheriff Trainee is the beginning of the career ladder of the law enforcement classes. The position is a non-sworn, civilian training classification to be used while incumbents are attending a certified Peace Officer Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.) Basic Police Academy. The P.O.S.T. approved police academy, as described in and required by Section 832 of California Penal Code, consists of intensive instruction on law enforcement procedures combined with rigorous physical fitness training. Incumbents in this classification receive the same employee benefits as Deputy Sheriff with the exceptions that they will be placed in the miscellaneous retirement category until successful completion of a designated police academy, and as civilian employees, they will not be covered by Government Code Sections 4850 and 3300 through 3311. Upon satisfactory completion of academy training, incumbents will be sworn in as peace officers; placed in the Safety retirement category and appointed to the Deputy Sheriff I classification and begin a one (1) year probationary period.



None required.


Communicate orally in English with instructors and classmates.

Communicate in writing in English to prepare documents required in the Academy.

Demonstrate an aptitude for law enforcement work.

Learn, understand and interpret laws and regulations.

Learn standard broadcasting procedures of a police radio system.


Interact effectively and courteously with instructors and classmates.

Establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with others.

Follow written directions pertaining to assigned tasks while attending the Academy.

Ability to observe and accurately remember names, faces, numbers, incidents and places.

Meet standards of adequate physical stature, endurance and agility.


Must be able to provide proof of successful completion of a P.O.S.T. entry level law enforcement written exam with a minimum T-Score of 42 or above, by the time of the oral interview process.

Must be able to provide proof of United States citizenship.

Must have a High School diploma or G.E.D.

Must be able to provide proof of age requirement which is 21 years of age. Must be at least 20 1/2 years of age at the time of application.

Must be able to work holidays, weekends, graveyard shifts and irregular hours.

Must be able to pass a comprehensive background investigation and polygraph.

Must be able to pass a pre-employment physical, drug test and psychiatric evaluation.

Felony Disqualification: Pursuant to Government Code Section 1029, persons convicted of a felony are disqualified from employment as peace officers except as provided under Welfare and Institutions Code, Division 2, Chapter 3, Article 8, Section 1179 (b), or Division 2.5, Chapter 1, Article 4, Section 1772 (b). Except as provided for by these statutes, persons convicted of a felony are not eligible to compete for, or be appointed to, positions in these classes.


To qualify for this classification, an individual must possess any combination of experience and education that would likely produce the required knowledge, skills and abilities. A desirable combination is:

None required.

Equivalent to completion of high school. Equivalent to completion of two years of college is highly desired.

License or Certificate*:
Possession of a valid California Driver's License is required.

*Any license, certification, or registration required for this position shall be maintained (i.e. active and in good standing) at all times during employment with Napa County. For continued employment with Napa County, you must maintain such license, certification, or registration to meet the minimum qualifications of this position.

ADA Accommodation:
Applicants requiring accommodation during the application and/or selection process pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) should contact County of Napa Human Resources at (707) 253-4303.

Napa County is an Equal Opportunity Employer



Closing Date/Time: Continuous

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