Deputy Sheriff (Trainee) is the entry level in this sworn law enforcement series. Initially under close supervision, incumbents attend a designated law enforcement academy to gain their basic POST certificate, participate in the Sheriff’s Office Field Training Program and Jail Operations Training Program, and become familiar with all aspects of law enforcement. This class is alternately staffed with Deputy Sheriff’s, and incumbents may advance to the higher level after gaining experience, completing the required training and meeting the qualifications for the higher-level class.
Deputy Sheriff is the journey level in this class series; fully competent to perform the full range of patrol, investigation, corrections, court security, correctional officer and related duties. This class is distinguished from Sheriff’s Sergeant in that the latter provides supervision and training to Deputy Sheriffs in corrections, patrol, courts and investigations and may provide administrative support to the department in specified areas.