Public Safety Service Officer
Shasta County - Redding, CA

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WRITTEN EXAM IS TENTATIVELY SCHEDULED FOR APRIL 1, 2013
ORAL EXAMS ARE TENTATIVELY SCHEDULED FOR APRIL 2013

A VALID 5 MINUTE DATA ENTRY TEST CERTIFICATE VERIFYING A SCORE OF 6,000 KPH WITH A 95% ACCURACY RATE IS REQUIRED FOR THIS POSITION AND MUST BE ATTACHED BY THE CLOSING DATE.

IF A VALID DATA ENTRY TEST CERTIFICATE IS NOT ATTACHED, YOU WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED FOR THIS POSITION.

RESPONSES TO SUPPLEMENTAL QUESTIONS REQUIRED

ABOUT THE POSITION

Under general supervision, assists sworn personnel by handling non-hazardous support responsibilities in the Sheriff’s Office, and performs related work as required. Special note: An individual will be required to pass a background investigation relevant to working in a law enforcement office or facility prior to being hired. This position is in the Sheriff’s Office.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS

Public Safety Service Officer is a generalist non-sworn classification that performs a wide variety of law enforcement support tasks that do not require the exercise of peace officer powers of arrest or firearms. Public Safety Service Officers are assigned to the Sheriff's Office (primarily to the Custody Division). Service Officers are paraprofessional civilian personnel utilized to augment sworn members in the performance of their primary custody/enforcement, security, and investigation responsibilities. Positions in this classification are distinguished from positions designated as "sworn safety" by the lack of direct responsibility for physical restraint of prisoners, protecting life and property, apprehending criminal violators, and other duties that must be carried out by sworn personnel.

EXAMPLES OF ESSENTIAL DUTIES:

Processes inmates into detention facilities; initiates and completes applicable booking forms; assists with processing inmates' personal property and clothing, finger printing and photographs. Maintains inmates' court schedules and appearances via computer assisted terminals; coordinates daily appearances with direct communication with courts; calculates inmate sentences; processes bails, fines and commissary accounts during booking and release. Controls visitation with inmates, including visits by the public and officials. Monitors security intercom systems and closed circuit television monitors; operates electronically controlled security gates, doors and elevators. Responsible for all functions associated with the operations of a security level; supervises all of the activities of the inmates and addresses the inmates' safety and well being; views the inmates in their pods via the television monitors and through the windows; causes inmates to leave their pods to go to different locations (court, medical, professional visits, church services, etc.); assists inmate movement to respective pods and cells. Responsible for the assignment of inmates to the different work details; assigns inmates to work positions in the jail and at the annex; processes inmates for work in above units as well as handling complaints with existing workers. Serves as a property control officer; receiving, processing and releasing evidence, personal property, lost and found items; maintains departmental inventory control. Inspects and maintains departmental emergency vehicles arranging for service and preventive maintenance and ensures that departmental vehicles are fully equipped. Receives and documents counter reports and conducts routine telephonic and correspondence follow-up of "after the fact" incidents. Initiates and conducts rural and community crime prevention programs. Performs analysis of reported criminal activity and patterns for purposes of generating data for directed enforcement efforts. Assists investigators in support capacities; i.e., checks/fraud/asset forfeiture documentation and correspondence, maintain files, etc.; serves specified Civil Process and related documents; tow abandoned vehicles from public and private property; work under minimal supervision; work with tow companies and other law enforcement agencies; register sex offenders and Arsonist in Shasta County and update VCIN and OIMS with Data and Images of Offender; register 11590 Drug Offenders in Shasta County; interview all registrants and get information about their crimes; insure compliance with registration requirements from sex and arson registrants; attend court hearing to testify in cases related to sex and arson registration; conduct Interviews and process applications for Carry Concealed Permits for Shasta County; update and manage information for offender watch program (sex offenders) for Shasta County. Performs related utility duties as assigned. Many positions require shift work, and work on weekends and holidays.

TYPICAL QUALIFICATIONS:

Any combination of education and experience sufficient to directly demonstrate possession and application of the following:

Knowledge of: Modern office procedures and practices.

Ability to: Deal tactfully and courteously with the public; perform clerical work and make simple arithmetical calculations learn to operate a computer terminal; complete an alphanumeric data entry test with a score of 6,000 kph and a 95% accuracy rate;
work effectively under pressure with frequent interruptions; exercise good judgment in making decisions according to existing laws, regulations and policies; use discretion and mature judgment in the handling of sensitive and confidential information;
establish and maintain harmonious working relationships with other employees, successfully complete 176 hour CORE course training including 13 hours of physical training and conditioning, 5 hours of evasive self-defense, 5 hours of Fire and Life safety; 8 hours of community CPR and First Aid, and 145 hours of classroom instruction;
successfully complete 24 hours of Standards training for Correction Officers annually; participate in monthly in-service training/practical exercises; complete Fire and Life Safety training course every two years; carry and operate a 40 lb. Scott Air Pack; and complete First Aid/CPR training every two years.

These employment standards are typically attained with some experience in public contact work, or general clerical work, or completion of 15 college semester units in criminal justice.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENT

Y OU ARE RESPONSIBLE TO ATTACH A VALID DATA ENTRY TEST CERTIFICATE TO THIS APPLICATION. A valid five minute data entry test certificate dated within the past three years verifying a score of 6,000 kph with a 95% accuracy percentage is required for this position. Current County employees who have such a document in their official County personnel file are exempt from this requirement forever; however, it is necessary to contact Shasta County Personnel to ensure your data entry test is attached. IF A VALID DATA ENTRY TEST CERTIFICATE IS NOT ATTACHED TO THIS APPLICATION, YOU WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED FOR THIS POSITION.

Self-tested, computer-generated data entry certificates are not accepted.

Only for current County job openings that require a data entry certificate: Shasta County is now offering a free data entry test. The test is available by appointment only. Space is limited and appointment times are not guaranteed. The data entry certificate is valid only for Shasta County jobs. Appointments are available daily from 9:00 a.m. to noon and 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., and the test takes approximately 15 minutes to complete. To make an appointment – call 225-5515. Tests are administered at 1450 Court Street, Room 348, Redding, CA 96001. You will be asked to present your picture ID.

SUPPLEMENTAL QUESTIONS

Responses to the following must be submitted with a completed application.

1. Do you have a minimum of 15 college units in criminal justice? Yes ___ No ___
2. Do you acknowledge that this job may likely be assigned to work 12 hour shifts, all shifts (day, grave, swing), including weekends and holidays? Yes ___ No ___
3. Do you understand that if you do not submit to Shasta County Personnel or attach to your application by March XX, 2013 a valid data entry certificate, that you will not be considered for this position?
o I did not attach a valid data entry certificate, and I understand that in not doing so I will be disqualified from continuing on in the hiring process.
o I understand and have attached a copy of my valid data entry certificate in hopes on continuing on in the hiring process. I also understand that if I contact Personnel prior to the closing date, they can verify the certificate is attached and assist me if I have difficulties attaching my certificate.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS AND WORK ENVIRONMENT

The physical demands and work environment described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job, but may vary depending on assignment. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls; talk or hear; and taste or smell. The employee frequently is required to sit and reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; climb or balance; and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus. The specific hearing abilities required by this position include distant, peripheral, and nearby, and hearing adequate to monitor various security systems and audio alarms.

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job, but may vary depending on assignment. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly exposed to fumes or airborne particles. The employee has regular contact with individuals with communicable diseases such as AIDS, HIV, Hepatitis, Tuberculosis, etc. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

OTHER CONSIDERATIONS

All new employees are required to have their paycheck directly deposited to a bank account.
Some positions may require a valid California driver's license and acceptable driving record according to County policy.
Reasonable accommodations may be made for those persons who are disabled under the Americans With Disabilities Act to perform the essential functions of the position.
All individuals offered employment with Shasta County must pass a pre-employment physical examination that includes drug and alcohol testing.
In accordance with Government Code Section 3100, County employees, in the event of a disaster are considered disaster workers and may be asked to respond accordingly.
Positions in this classification are covered by a collective bargaining agreement between the County and the United Public Employees of California (UPEC) General Unit
Employees in this classification are covered under the CalPERS retirement program. Depending on the provisions of the California Public Employees’ Pension Reform Act (PEPRA) and other applicable laws, an employee in this classification will be covered under one of the following CalPERS retirement formulas: (1) 2% at 55, (2) 2% at 60, or (3) 2% at 62. An employee in this classification will also contribute 7% of his/her pay to this plan, or will contribute such other amount to the plan as authorized by PEPRA and other applicable laws. Please visit http://www.co.shasta.ca.us/index/support_index/personnel/policies_mous.aspx for additional information regarding benefits and CalPERS coverage information. The provisions in this flyer and on the County’s website are for information purposes only. To the extent the provisions of the flyer or the County’s website are inconsistent with PEPRA and other applicable laws, PEPRA and other applicable laws shall govern.

APPLICATION AND SELECTION PROCEDURES:

Shasta County Personnel will accept applications, the required data entry certificate, and responses to the supplemental questions until 5:00 p.m., on March 20, 2013. A cover letter and/or resume will be accepted in addition to the application form but will not serve as a substitute for a completed application. Incomplete applications will not be processed. It is not acceptable to complete the application with statements such as, “See/Refer to Resume,” or “See Attached.” Closing date postmarks or faxes will NOT be accepted. This recruitment will establish a list that may or may not be used by other departments. Prior applicants must reapply to be considered.

Applicants will be screened and those considered best qualified will be invited to appear for an oral and/or written examination. Meeting the announced requirements does not guarantee inclusion into the selection process. Depending upon the number of applications received, the selection process may consist of additional application screening, written and/or practical exam(s), oral interview, or any combination thereof.

Applicants are encouraged to apply on-line at http://agency.governmentjobs.com/shasta/default.cfm or submit an application to the Shasta County Personnel Office.

Arrangements may be made to accommodate applicants with disabilities. Requests for accommodations may be made to the Shasta County Personnel Office by the filing deadline posted on this bulletin. Shasta County does not discriminate on the basis of disability. If you feel you are being denied service based on a disability, our ADA Coordinator may be reached at (530) 225-5515; relay service (800) 735-2922; fax (530) 225-5345.

SHASTA COUNTY IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER
Shasta County Personnel
1450 Court Street, Room 348 – Redding, CA 96001; (530) 225-5515

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