DEPUTY SHERIFF

Job Specifications

Class Code:

RE5 

Analyst: 

LM , TC

Date Originated:

 6/80 

Date Revised:

12/81, 10/88, 1/89, 2/95,  4/03, 10/12, 4/14

COUNTY OF SANTA CRUZ

DEFINITION

Under general supervision, perform law enforcement, crime prevention and crime detection activities; serve civil papers; perform coroner functions; act as bailiff; and perform other work as required.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS

This is the entry and full journey level class in the Sheriff's series. Incumbents rotate through various assignments and are expected to be able to perform the full range of duties required of the class. This class is distinguished from the higher class of Sheriff's Sergeant by the absence of ongoing supervisory or administrative responsibilities.

TYPICAL TASKS

All Assignments

Enforce State and local laws; preserve the peace; protect life and property; assist and cooperate with other law enforcement and public safety agencies; appear in court as a witness; may speak before public groups; may provide training to new recruits and reserves; and may provide vacation or other temporary relief for supervisor or for other classes as required.

Patrol Division

Patrol assigned area in an automobile, checking for crime and suspicious or dangerous conditions; respond to calls from the public regarding crimes; pursue and apprehend suspects; conduct initial and follow-up investigations of crimes; interview witnesses and victims of crime and others who might have information relating to the whereabouts of suspects; interrogate suspects; conduct undercover investigations; service warrants and make arrests; serve legal papers such as subpoenas, summons, complaints and writs of attachment and execution; search crime scenes for physical evidence such as fingerprints, footprints and tire marks; collect and preserve physical evidence; photograph crime scenes.

Investigation

Pursue and apprehend suspects; conduct initial and follow-up investigations of crimes; interview witnesses and victims of crime and others who might have information relating to the whereabouts of suspects; interrogate suspects; conduct undercover investigations; service warrants and make arrests; search crimes scenes for physical evidence such as fingerprints, footprints and tire marks; collect and preserve physical evidence; photograph crime scenes; determine cause and manner of death for violent deaths, deaths under suspicious or unusual circumstances and other types of cases under the jurisdiction of the coroner; and arrange for removal of the deceased and stand by at the autopsy.

Court Security

Conduct prisoners to and from court and guard them while in courts; maintain order in courts; and transport prisoners to and from penal institutions.

Administration

Serve legal papers such as subpoenas, summons, complaints and writs of attachment and execution; serve eviction notices; and place "keepers" in businesses to take charge while the business is under attachment.

 

EMPLOYMENT STANDARDS

Knowledge of:

Academy Graduate

Some knowledge of:

Lateral

Working knowledge of:

Some knowledge of:

Ability to:

Education and Experience: 

Academy Attendee: Graduation from high school, attainment of a satisfactory score on a G.E.D. test or a two-year or four-year degree from an accredited college or university and  current attendance at a California P.O.S.T Basic Academy and a minimum P.O.S.T. T-score of 46. A letter from the academy verifying current attendance, in addition to a letter verifying the required minimum P.O.S.T score, must accompany the application. Applicants currently attending a qualifying academy may apply, with eligibility for hiring contingent upon successful completion and graduation. Failure to submit listed document(s) will be cause for rejection.

 

Academy Graduate: Graduation from high school, attainment of a satisfactory score on a G.E.D. test or a two-year or four-year degree from an accredited college or university and possession of an approved academy completion certificate issued by a California P.O.S.T. Certified Basic Academy. 

Lateral: Possession of a valid P.O.S.T. Basic Certificate awarded by the California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training and current employment as a peace officer performing general law enforcement duties for a California city, county or the state. 

Special Requirements/Conditions:

License Requirement: Possession and maintenance of a valid California class C driver license.

Background Investigation: Ability to pass a full background investigation.

Special Working Conditions: Exposure to: variable temperatures and weather conditions; confined work spaces; heights; two-way radio noise; strong, unpleasant odors; infections which might cause chronic disease or death; dust and pollens; chemical irritants; possibility of experiencing bodily injury and/or burns; and contact with a diverse population.

Other Special Requirements: Must be a citizen of the United States or a permanent resident alien who has applied for citizenship at least one year prior to application for employment in accordance with Section 1031.5 of the Government Code; must be at least 21 years of age at completion of academy; availability to work a flexible schedule including nights, weekends, holidays and on an emergency, as needed basis.

PREVIOUS TITLES: None

Bargaining Unit: 32
EEOC Job Category: 04
Occupational Grouping: 62
Worker's Comp Code: 1073