Deputy Sheriff Trainee (Department Promo...
County of San Mateo 8 reviews - San Mateo County, CA

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Attention all San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office employees -- Here's your opportunity to promote to Deputy Sheriff.

The ideal candidate will have at least six months experience as a San Mateo County Sheriff's Correctional Officer by the final filing date and employee performance evaluations that meet or exceed satisfactory work standards. Under general supervision, 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.

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

All preapplication tests for Deputy Sheriff Trainee 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 California Peace Officer Standards & Training (POST) requirements. Applicants are responsible for contacting The Academy ( ) and self-enrolling in the required written test, physical agility test, and 1.5 mile run. Note: Test results will remain valid for one year from the date the tests were taken, and the written exam can be retaken once every 30 days.

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 50. 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
NOTE: T-Scores will determine the rank on the eligible list. The higher the score, the higher the ranking.

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 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 .


County Status: An applicant must have been a County employee of the Sheriff's Office with at least six months of continuous service in a permanent or probationary classified position prior to the final filing date.

Education: Graduation from high school or possess a GED.

Licensure/Certification: Possession of a Class C California driver's license or equivalent. 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: Selected candidates must also pass a background investigation, psychological exam, polygraph and medical evaluations.


Department Promotional. Only San Mateo County employees working in the Sheriff's Office with at least six months of continuous service in a permanent or probationary classified position may apply.

Applicants for this position must take and pass the Work Sample Test Battery (pass/fail) and the POST Entry-level Law Enforcement Test Battery (PELLETB) with a minimum T-score of 50 (weight: 100%) to be placed on the eligible list.
To register for these exams, contact the South Bay Regional Public Safety Training Consortium at .

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. Responses to the supplemental questions and copies of required test scores must be submitted in addition to the regular employment application form. 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, find the Add Attachment(s) link
- Click the Add Attachment(s) link
- On the page that opens, assign a File Description to your attachment
- Select "PELLETB T Scores" in the Attachment Type choices
- Click Browse and find your saved document
- Click Attach Another File
- Assign a File Description to your attachment
- Select "Physical Agility Test" in the Attachment Type choices
- Click Browse and find your saved document
- Click Upload (to return to the Job Application)
- Click on the Go to Step 2 button to proceed with the rest of the application process

Final Filing Date: April 11, 2013

San Mateo County Is An Equal Opportunity Employer

Analyst: Martha Bravo Perrault (032913) (Deputy Sheriff Trainee - H061)

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