The San Diego County Sheriff's Department is unusual compared to most other law enforcement agencies in the United States. Few if any other Sheriff's Departments face the incredible 4200 square mile area, covering terrain that is as diverse as the two and a half million multi-cultural people living in San Diego County. The San Diego County Sheriff's Department serves its residents from seven stations, nine substations, and three resident offices located in rural areas with high quality, diversified, and cost-effective law enforcement service. Deputy Sheriff's can also work in the Detentions and Court Services Bureaus as well as in Law Enforcement.
20 ½ years of age at time of application; 21 years of age at time of appointment.
U.S. High School graduate or G.E.D.
No felony convictions. Not on Probation. Misdemeanors may be disqualifying depending on the number, type of violation, and recency of violation.
Vision: 20/100 uncorrected, corrected to at least 20/30, No minimum vision requirements for Soft Contact Lens wearers.
Valid California Drivers License prior to appointment.
Effective oral and written communications in English.
THERE IS NO MAXIMUM AGE LIMIT
WRITTEN EXAM - Reading comprehension, English grammar, Sentence construction, Vocabulary and Spelling.
COMPREHENSIVE BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION - can take a minimum of four to six months to complete.
PHYSICAL CAPABILITIES TEST - will consist of five separate events: 99 yard obstacle course; 6' solid fence climb; 6' chain link fence climb; 165 pound life-like dummy drag for 32 feet; 500 yard run. This test will be scheduled toward the end of each candidates hiring process.
TRUTH VERIFICATION (CVSA) EXAM AND EMPLOYMENT INTERVIEW
PSYCHOLOGICAL EVALUATION - conducted by a County appointed Psychologist.
MEDICAL EXAM - Conducted by a County Physician.
Training is conducted at Miramar College in San Diego, California. The Regional Academy training Program is approximately 24 weeks in duration. The academy is not "live in". The course of study includes: Patrol Procedures, Criminal Law, Firearms care and use, Defensive Tactics, and other law enforcement related subjects. Upon successful completion of the training program, you will earn 20 units in the Administration of Justice.
After graduating from the Academy, you will be assigned to one of the three bureaus: Detentions, Court Services or Law Enforcement.
After completing your first assignment, you will be assigned to one of 7 master Patrol Stations. In most cases, you must complete a minimum of 2 years in patrol before you can apply for a specialized assignment (i.e. Detectives, Narcotics, Vice, etc.)
4 days on 3 days off 3 days on 4 days off. 12.5 hour shifts. (most stations)
12/5: 12.5 hour days, 5 days on/5 days off/2 days on/2 days off. 12.5 hour days. Shifts change from days to nights every 3-4 months
Detectives: Perform follow-up investigations for each specialized area:
Area Investigator Criminal Intelligence Homicide Investigator
Arson/Explosives Domestic Violence Jail Investigator
Auto Theft Task Force Elder Abuse Investigator Juvenile Intervention
Backgrounds Investigator Fraud/Forgery Investigator Juvenile Investigator
Helicopter Pilot/Observer: Pilot the aircraft on routine patrol, monitor radio, and coordinate responding ground units at the scene of crimes and emergencies.
Personnel/Recruiting/Backgrounds: Recruit qualified candidates from all segments of the community for a career as a Deputy Sheriff or Deputy Sheriff-Detentions/Courts.
SED: Specially trained in the area of Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT). Perform high risk warrant service, directed patrol, investigations support, detentions support, and dignitary protection.
Training: Provide training for personnel at various locations.
Weapons Training Unit Academy Training Officers
Field Training Officers Jail Training Officers