SANTA CRUZ COUNTY
Under direction, assign,
supervise and participate in the work of staff performing law enforcement,
crime prevention and detection, detention, bailiff, or coroner activities;
perform responsible staff or administrative functions; and perform other work
Positions in this class
function as first line supervisors or handle staff or administrative
assignments such as conducting internal investigations of serious complaints
against departmental staff. Incumbents rotate through various assignments and
are expected to be able to perform the full range of duties required of the
class. These positions are distinguished from the position in the lower class
of Deputy Sheriff, which do not have ongoing supervisory or administrative
- Assign, review and evaluate the work of subordinate staff;
- Train subordinates in new procedures and participate in in-service
- Supervise a shift of deputies patrolling assigned areas and
responding to calls from the public;
- Patrol the County, keeping in touch with subordinates and
assisting with the more serious or difficult calls;
- Spot check the work of subordinates in the field and interview
citizens involved in calls to see how subordinates handled the situation;
- Supervise a shift of detention officers in the reception, custody,
and release of inmates;
- Confer with subordinates on behavioral problems of inmates;
- Make decisions on where inmates are to be housed and which
prisoners may be released on bail or own recognizance;
- Supervise and participate in the work of a staff conducting
investigations on crimes against persons or property;
- Confer with subordinates on proper handling of complex or major
cases and determine whether task force efforts are necessary;
- Review work in progress and completed reports;
- Direct and participate in the activities of the coroner's unit in
determining the manner and cause of death for those cases under the
jurisdiction of the coroner;
- Supervise and participate in the work of staff conducting
narcotics investigations or collecting and preserving physical evidence at
- Supervise and coordinate the work of staff performing bailiff
functions in the courts;
- Investigate citizen complaints against departmental staff and
provide information to the public about law enforcement activities;
- Engage in community-oriented policing;
- May provide vacation or other temporary relief for supervisor or
for other classes as required.
Thorough knowledge of:
- Laws pertaining to search and seizure, arrest,
and interrogation of suspects.
- Criminal law and rules of evidence.
- Court procedures in criminal and civil
- Use and care of standard police firearms.
- Principles of human motivation and
- Community-oriented policing.
Some knowledge of:
- Techniques of criminal investigation.
- Basic identification techniques.
- Principles and practices pertaining to
the operation of County detention facilities.
- Principles of supervision and training.
- Principles of diversity, equity, and
- Assign, direct and supervise the work of
- Make quick, effective decisions in
emergencies and take appropriate action.
- Obtain information through interview,
interrogation, and observation.
- Assemble and analyze facts and evidence
and make sound recommendations.
- Enforce State and local laws and
departmental policies firmly and impartially.
- Speak and write effectively.
- Establish and maintain effective
- Perform a variety of active public safety
duties involving strenuous physical activity, such as pursuing and
restraining suspects and lifting injured persons.
- Engage in community-based policing,
relationship building between law enforcement and community residents, and
collaborative problem solving.
- See at an uncorrected vision of
20-80--corrected to 20-20 in each eye with normal color vision and
unrestricted peripheral vision.
Education and Experience:
Any combination of
education and experience, which would provide the required knowledge and
abilities, is qualifying, unless otherwise specified. A typical way to obtain
these knowledge and abilities would be:
Three years of experience
performing duties comparable to a Deputy Sheriff in Santa Cruz County or
performing duties which would demonstrate possession of the knowledge and
abilities listed above.
Requirements: Possession of a valid California Class C Driver License;
possession of or ability to possess an Intermediate Law Enforcement Certificate
awarded by the California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.).
Background Investigation: Ability to pass a
full background investigation.
Conditions: Exposure to variable temperatures and weather conditions;
confined workspaces; 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.
Requirements: Must be legally authorized to work in the United States in
accordance with Section 1031 of the Government Code; availability to work
flexible schedule, including nights, weekends, holidays and on an emergency, as
Bargaining Unit: 72
EEOC Job Category: 03
Occupational Grouping: 62
Workers' Compensation Code: 1073