The Contra Costa County Office of the Sheriff is seeking men and women interested in an exciting and challenging career in law enforcement. Prior law enforcement experience is not required. Individuals who are appointed as Deputy Sheriff-Recruit will be assigned to attend our Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) approved police academy, which involves 26 weeks of intensive academic instruction combined with rigorous physical fitness training. Upon successful completion of the Academy, recruits will graduate and be sworn in as Peace Officers and promoted to the first step of Deputy Sheriff. Academy graduates are initially assigned to the Patrol Division or the Custody Services Bureau.
The Contra Costa County Office of the Sheriff enjoys an outstanding reputation as one of the most professional, progressive agencies in the United States. In addition to operating the most innovative detention facilities in the country, the Office of the Sheriff provides patrol services throughout the county including three contract cities for which it provides total police services. Many other specialized assignments are also available. As a department of over 1,100 employees, with some 700 who are sworn, the Contra Costa County Office of the Sheriff continues to grow and progress, providing excellent opportunities in career development for its deputies.
|County Patrol||Court Services||Crime Prevention||Custody Alternative||FTO|
|Helicopter Patrol||Hi-Tech Crimes||Investigations||J-Team||
|Marine Patrol||Mutual Aid Mobile Field Force||Narcotics Unit||
|School Resource Officer||Sexual Assault Unit||Transportation||Unmanned Aircraft Operator||Vice|
The testing process takes approximately two to three months to complete depending on each applicant's individual background.
Current California peace officers and academy graduates are encouraged to apply as lateral candidates. Lateral applicants may be hired at a higher step and receive bonuses depending on experience. Lateral applicants do not have to take the written test but otherwise will need to complete the same process as entry level applicants.
Contra Costa County administers a multiple-choice written test. The test will take up to two hours to complete.
The Contra Costa County Sheriff's Office is now accepting P.O.S.T. "T" scores of 48 or higher. Valid T-Score must be within 12 months of the application cut-off date. Documented scores of 48 or higher within the past 12 months will be accepted in lieu of the written test. Candidates must still successfully complete the agility test. Applicants will be notified of the agility test date. To obtain a T-Score, you can take the Post-Entry-Level Law Enforcement Test Battery examination, given by participating Law Enforcement Agencies. Currently, the following places are among those offering this test: Napa Valley Criminal Justice Center and South Bay Regional Training Consortium
You need to be in good physical condition to complete the Physical Agility test so you should begin to prepare immediately. The agility test consists of:
Upon successful completion of the Physical Agility, applicants will be scheduled for an oral board interview which will evaluate such job-related factors as motivation, interpersonal skills, problem-solving ability, use of sound judgment and oral communication skills. This interview is usually scheduled within two weeks of the written and physical agility test dates.
Applicants who pass both the written and oral test will be placed on the Deputy Sheriff-Recruit eligibility list for six months. Rank on the list is determined by the oral board test score and any veteran’s credit for which individual competitors may qualify. Applicants’ scores are grouped into Certification Bands. Scores between 83 to 100 are placed in Band A, scores between 77 to 82.99 are placed in Band B, and scores between 70-76.99 are placed in Band C. Candidates are moved on into the background process from the list. Typically, the Sheriff's Office administers two Basic Academies per year.
Veterans who have received an honorable discharge and disabled veterans may be allowed an additional 5% of their total earned score (providing the exam is otherwise successfully completed). To obtain this credit, veterans MUST provide a DD214 that indicates the applicant received an honorable discharge or proof of disability ATTACHED TO THEIR APPLICATION AT THE TIME OF FILING.
AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER - IT IS THE POLICY OF CONTRA COSTA COUNTY NOT TO DISCRIMINATE BECAUSE OF RACE, COLOR, RELIGION, SEX, SEXUAL PREFERENCE, NATIONAL ORIGIN, AGE OR DISABILITY.
Application Process Applicants must submit an online application at:
Applicants will be notified of the date, time and location of their assigned test date for the written and physical agility test in approximately four to six weeks.
If you are interested in law enforcement and feel you can meet the challenge, you are encouraged to apply.
For further information or questions, please contact the Recruiting Unit
OFFICE OF THE SHERIFF - RECRUITING
651 PINE STREET (7th Floor)
MARTINEZ, CALIFORNIA 94553