Deputy Sheriff (lateral)
County of Contra Costa, California - Contra Costa County, CA

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Contra Costa County Office of the Sheriff is recruiting individuals who are interested in continuing a Law Enforcement career as a Contra Costa County-Deputy Sheriff-Lateral. Employees in this class perform routine law enforcement, crime prevention and detection, and detention activities in the County Sheriff's Office. Lateral transfer applicants must meet the minimum qualifications for Deputy Sheriff.

Typical Tasks:
  • Patrols assigned areas for the protection of life and property
  • Enforces County ordinances and assists local peace officers in their enforcement activities
  • Investigates accidents and administers first aid
  • Makes preliminary investigations of burglary, theft, rape and other criminal violations
  • Classifies criminal complaints and passes them on to investigators
  • Sets up and maintains road blocks, conducts stakeouts, makes raids and performs other special duties as directed
  • Apprehends and transports suspects
  • Conducts prisoners to and from court and guards them while in court
  • Transports prisoners to and from the Rehabilitation Center and other points
  • Receives and investigates complaints of violations by or against juveniles
  • Confers with juveniles and their parents
  • Prepares citations for Juvenile Court
  • Searches for, photographs, collects, preserves and transports physical evidence
  • Evaluates and compares latent fingerprints
  • Receives, searches, books, fingerprints and guards prisoners in the jail, hospital, prison wards and at the Rehabilitation Center
  • Supervises prisoners at work, in transport, during visit conferences and other activities
  • Prepares for court visits of attorneys and for the transfer and release of prisoners
  • Serves legal papers such as subpoenas, summons, complaints and writs of attachment, execution and restitution
  • Assists in conducting sales of attached property
  • Collects fees due to the County
  • Serves warrants and makes arrests
  • Maintains order in court and prepares, processes and maintains necessary files, documents and reports

Minimum Qualifications:

License Required: Possession of a valid California motor vehicle operator's license. Out of State valid motor vehicle operator's license will be accepted during the application process.

Education: Possession of a high school diploma, G. E. D. equivalency or high school proficiency certificate.

Experience: Possession of a California Basic P. O. S. T. Certificate and experience in law enforcement within the past three years, or successful completion within the last three years of the California Basic Course Equivalency Examination administered by the State of California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training, or possession of a valid certificate from a California P. O. S. T. approved Basic Academy. Academy certificates are valid for three years from date of completion of the academy program unless extended by employment as a full-time Peace Officer or Level 1 Reserve.

Citizenship: United States citizen or a permanent resident alien who is eligible for and has applied for citizenship a minimum of one year ago.

Age: Must be 21 years of age at the time of appointment.

Background Requirements: A thorough background investigation, which will include a report writing exercise, a polygraph examination and psychological testing, shall be conducted according to the specifications of the State of California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training; and shall not have been convicted of a felony in this state or any other state or in any federal jurisdiction, or of any offense in any other state or in any federal jurisdiction, which would have been a felony if committed in this state.

PLEASE NOTE: APPLICABLE CERTIFICATES MUST BE ATTACHED TO THE APPLICATION AT THE TIME OF FILING. Applications received without required certifications will not be accepted.

Selection Process:

1. Application Filing:

2. Physical Ability and Agility:

3. Oral Interview: