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Deputy Sheriff Trainee/Deputy Sheriff

at Ventura County

Pay: $33.5761 to $38.8329/hour
$33.5761 - $38.8329
Posted: 4/24/2019
Job Status: Full Time
Job Reference #: 2308462

Job Description

Overall Job Objective


Under immediate supervision and instruction the Deputy Sheriff Trainee undergoes Academy training in preparation for appointment as a Deputy Sheriff. The Ventura County Criminal Justice Training Center (Sheriff's Academy) provides training during the Academy in areas including, but not limited to, public relations, criminal law, laws of evidence, oral/written communications, vehicle operations, force and weaponry, patrol procedures, traffic enforcement/investigation, criminal investigation, custody operations, first aid and physical fitness.

Upon successful completion of the Academy, Deputy Sheriff Trainees may be promoted to Deputy Sheriff. Under general supervision, a Deputy Sheriff patrols an assigned area of the county in the prevention of crime and enforcement of law and order; answers calls in cases where criminal action is involved or suspected; maintains security in the County's courts and jails; serves civil processes; and performs special services and other related work as required.

Starting Salary: $36.20 per hour

Upon Academy completion, incumbent is eligible for promotion to Deputy Sheriff with a salary of $81,500 annually.

INCENTIVES/BENEFITS: $928/year uniform allowance; 20-30 days of annual leave; 10 paid holidays; up to $2,000/year for textbooks and tuition; possible educational incentive of 2.5%, 3.5%, or 5% based on the completion of Associate's, Bachelor's, or Master's degree or, if qualified, up to $5,479/year for POST certification; plus other premium/incentive/bonus payments. The County will contribute $8,372/year toward cafeteria plan choices which presently include: 3 medical plans, 3 dental plans, 2 vision plans, a "cash back" option, and up to 2.5% matching funds in a 401(k) plan. 

BILINGUAL INCENTIVE: Incumbents may also be eligible for bilingual incentive depending upon operational need and certification of skill.

AGENCY/DEPARTMENT: Ventura County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Sheriff Trainees are represented by the Ventura County Deputy Sheriff's Association (VCDSA) and are eligible for overtime compensation.

The eligible list established from this recruitment may be used to fill current and future Regular (including Temporary and Fixed-term) Intermittent and Extra Help, vacancies within the Sheriff's Office.  There are currently numerous vacancies.

January 15, 2019
CLOSING DATE: Continuous


  • Saturday, March 16, 2019
  • Saturday, May 4, 2019
  • Saturday, June 22, 2019 (NEW TEST DATE ADDED!)
  • Saturday, July 20, 2019
  • Saturday, September 21, 2019 (AMENDED)
  • Saturday, November 16, 2019

Examples Of Duties

Duties may include, but are not limited to the following:
Deputy Sheriff Trainee:
  • Attends Academy classes and receives instruction in areas including, but not limited to, public relations, criminal law, laws of evidence, oral/written communications, vehicle operations, force and weaponry, patrol procedures, traffic enforcement/ investigation, criminal investigation, custody operations, first aid and physical fitness.
  • Performs other related duties as required.
Deputy Sheriff:
  • Prepares reports of investigations;
  • Serves citations and makes arrests;
  • Takes descriptions of wanted persons and stolen property;
  • Intervenes in public and private disputes to protect the public and maintain order;
  • Investigates crimes committed by and against juveniles;
  • Appears in court as a witness;
  • Serves warrants and other legal documents;
  • Escorts and transports inmates both to and from jail, courtrooms, and state institutions;
  • Books, searches and releases inmates; and
  • Performs other related duties as required.

Typical Qualifications

These are entrance requirements to the examination process and assure neither continuance in the process nor placement on an eligible list.


To qualify for this classification an individual must possess some experience that demonstrates possession of and competency in the requisite knowledge, skills, and abilities.

Some examples of qualifying education are:

  • Graduating from high school, OR
  • Passing the General Education Development (GED) Test, OR
  • Passing the California High School Proficiency Examination, OR
  • Having attained a two-year, four-year or advanced degree from an accredited college or university.
  • be at least nineteen (19) years of age at time of appointment to detention and twenty-one (21) years of age at time of appointment to patrol;
  • be a United States citizen or a lawful permanent resident alien who is eligible and has applied for citizenship. Citizenship status must be conferred within three (3) years of applying for citizenship; and
  • possess a valid California driver license.
NOTE: An adult felony conviction is disqualifying. Any illegal activity including illegal drug use/possession or prescription drug abuse may be disqualifying.

Supplemental Information:

  • Applicants must be willing to work at any station throughout the County and must be able to work any shift including nights, weekends, and holidays.
  • Incumbents may be required to work under adverse conditions and must be prepared to successfully respond to unexpected and occasionally life threatening events.
  • Incumbents must have strength, endurance, and physical agility to restrain rebellious and/or violent offenders.
  • According to the Ventura County Sheriff Office's non-smoking policy, all employees who attain the rank of Deputy Sheriff or a higher classification must refrain from smoking while employed by the department.
  • Incumbents with any body art (tattoo(s), brands, etc.), will be required to wear uniform clothing that covers the artwork while on duty.  For example, wearing a long sleeve shirt to cover a full arm tattoo.
  • In addition, all deputies must be willing and capable of wearing specialized protective equipment, such as gas masks, bio-hazard suits, radioactive protective gear and other hazardous material protective equipment that may be developed. By wearing said gear, deputies will be subjected to future health screenings, including submission of medical information
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:  Some ability to: learn the various California codes, County ordinances, and departmental rules and regulations pertaining to the specific responsibilities of a Deputy Sheriff; learn the methods used in law enforcement, the rules of evidence, laws of arrest, security, and civil procedures; understand written and oral directions; take effective courses of action in emergencies; prepare comprehensive reports and correspondence; and establish and maintain effective relations with others.

Recruitment Process

FINAL FILING DATE: This is a continuous recruitment and may close at any time; therefore, apply as soon as possible if you are interested in it.  Your application must be received by County of Ventura Human Resources in Ventura, California, no later than 5:00 p.m. on the closing date. 

To apply on-line, please refer to our web site at If you prefer to fill out a paper application form, please call (805) 654-5129 for application materials and submit them to County of Ventura Human Resources, 800 South Victoria Avenue, L-1970, Ventura, CA 93009.

NOTE: If presently permanently employed in another "merit" or "civil service" public agency/entity in the same or substantively similar position as is advertised, and if appointed to that position by successful performance in a "merit" or "civil service" style examination, then appointment by "Lateral Transfer" may be possible.  If interested, please click here for additional information.

Note to Applicants: It is essential that you complete all sections of your application and supplemental questionnaire thoroughly and accurately to demonstrate your qualifications. A resume and/or other related documents may be attached to supplement the information in your application and supplemental questionnaire; however, it/they may not be submitted in lieu of the application.

SUPPLEMENTAL QUESTIONNAIRE - qualifying: All applicants are required to complete and submit the questionnaire for this examination AT THE TIME OF FILING. The supplemental questionnaire may be used throughout the exam process to assist in determining each applicant's qualifications and acceptability for the position. Failure to complete and submit the questionnaire may result in the application being removed from consideration.
APPLICATION EVALUATION - qualifying: All applications will be reviewed to determine whether or not the stated requirements are met. Those individuals meeting the stated requirements will be invited to continue to the next step in the screening and selection process.

WRITTEN EXAMINATION - Pass/Fail: A job-related written examination will be administered to test applicants' reading and writing capabilities and ability to follow complex oral/written directions. Applicants must earn a score of sixty-five percent (65%) or higher to continue in the process. 

NOTE: Applicants may submit their Peace Officer Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.) Entry-Level Law Enforcement Test Battery (PELLETB) results with their application.  The results must show a minimum t-score of 42.0 to be accepted.  The PELLETB test results are valid for one year from the date the test was taken.  All applicants who meet the minimum qualifications will be invited to participate in the Physical Agility examination.

Applicants wishing to use scores for the PELLETB exam administered at another agency must submit a letter from the testing agency on agency letterhead at the time of application - acceptance of the other agency's T-Score is subject to verification with the testing agency.
PRACTICAL (PHYSICAL AGILITY) EXAMINATION - Pass/Fail: Following successful completion of the written exam, a physical agility exam will be administered. The physical agility exam may include, but is not limited to, the following events: one-mile run, weight drag, obstacle course, fence climb and firearms minimum standards exam. 

PERSONAL HISTORY STATEMENT (PHS) REVIEW/SELECTION INTERVIEW - Pass/Fail: Those applicants who pass the written exam and the physical agility exam will complete a PHS. Qualifying applicants will be invited to meet with a Sheriff's Investigator who will conduct a PHS Review/Selection Interview. Those who satisfactorily perform in the PHS Review/Selection Interview process may be placed on an eligible list for a period of ONE (1) YEAR.

Assuming sufficient vacancies, a selected number of applicants will be chosen from the eligibility list to proceed in the selection process. As part of the selection process, applicants will be expected to pass the following:

1. In-Depth Background Investigation
2. Polygraph Examination
3. Psychological Examination
4. Medical Examination

The stringent medical standards to become a Deputy Sheriff Trainee have been developed over many years. Some of the most common reasons individuals are unable to pass are listed below. These are minimum/maximum standards and are significantly different from the ideal or average.

a. Hearing Loss. Hearing must be within California POST standards as verified by a medical background.

b. Color Blindness. Applicants must pass a color vision test as verified by a medical background.

c. Poor Vision (in either eye). Individuals must have uncorrected visual acuity of at least 20/40 in each eye, correctable to 20/20 in better eye and 20/40 on weaker eye.

d. Liver Function. Use of bodybuilding diet supplements, including, but not limited to, "Creatinine" (in any form) will often affect liver function tests. Therefore, it is important that you do not take bodybuilding diet supplements within several weeks of the blood test. Abnormal test results will require investigation at the applicants' expense before approval can be granted.

e. Weight and Body Fat. Applicants must be in excellent physical condition with weight proportionate to height (body fat <20% for males and <30% for females) as determined by an agility test and an examining physician.


Applicants placed on the eligible list developed as a result of this recruitment who are not hired as Deputy Sheriff Trainees or who, subsequent to being hired, are unsuccessful during their probationary periods may, at the discretion of the department's management, be offered positions as Sheriff's Service Technicians (SST's) or Sheriff's Cadets.

For further information about this recruitment, please contact Donna Smith by email at or by telephone at (805) 654-2848.