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Deputy Sheriff I

Company: County of Humboldt
Location: Eureka
Posted on: June 8, 2021

Job Description:


Under general supervision, performs a wide variety of peace officer duties involving the protection of life and property, enforcement of laws and ordinances, criminal investigation, crime prevention and suppression, case preparation and testimony, and providing information and assistance to the public; performs related work as assigned.


Deputy Sheriff I is the entry level class of this peace officer series. Initially under close supervision, incumbents perform the more routine law enforcement duties while learning the more skilled and complex work. Because Deputy Sheriff I's frequently patrol alone after completion of academy and field training, they may encounter difficult situations requiring the application of considerable tact and judgment. This class is alternately staffed with Deputy Sheriff II, and incumbents may advance to the higher level after gaining experience and demonstrating proficiency which meet the qualifications for the higher level class.


  • Responds to suspicious activities and answers emergency calls for service.
  • Patrols assigned areas to ensure the security of life and property, observe situations and deter crime by providing high visibility.
  • Enforces state and local laws and ordinances; issues verbal warnings and citations; pursues and apprehends suspects and request assistance as required.
  • Investigates juvenile and designated adult criminal activity and incidents as the assigned detective.
  • Coordinates crime scene control and investigation, including interviews and interrogations, identification of witnesses, overseeing collection and preservation of physical evidence.
  • Restores order, protects life and property, and maintains the peace at public gatherings and in conflict situations.
  • Prepares and documents cases, completes reports and records, and prepares and maintains other logs and records.
  • Transports criminals to the Courts, hospitals and various other locations.
  • Serves civil papers to County residents; researches and locates person to be served.
  • Serves as a team member in such special projects as drug enforcement, livestock investigations and boating regulation enforcement.
  • Investigates traffic accidents and provides traffic and crowd control as necessary; participates in special details and assignments, including K-9 and Search and Rescue.
  • Retrieves, identifies and returns found property and/or evidence to owners.
  • Provides emergency aid and assistance to incapacitated persons and requests additional response.
  • Provides information, directions, and other services and assistance to the public.
  • Coordinates with and serves as back-up to other local law enforcement agencies.


NOTE: The level and scope of knowledge and skills listed below are related to the job duties as defined under Distinguishing Characteristics.

Knowledge of:

  • Basic law enforcement terminology and concepts.
  • Techniques for dealing with people of all socio-economic levels under hostile and emergency situations.
  • Safety practices and precautions pertaining to the work.
  • First aid methods and their applications.

Skill in:

  • Reading, interpreting and applying complex laws, procedures and policies.
  • Observing and accurately recalling places, names,descriptive characteristics and facts of incidents.
  • Remaining calm and taking appropriate action in tense situations.
  • Making rapid, sound independent judgments within legal and procedural guidelines.
  • Preparing clear and concise reports, records and other written materials.
  • Understanding and following oral and written directions.
  • Establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of the work

Other Requirements:

Must possess a valid California driver's license. Must be willing to work evenings, nights, weekends and holiday shifts. Must be able to obtain a basic P.O.S.T. certification within twelve months of appointment as a Deputy Sheriff I and maintain firearms qualification.

Desirable Education and Experience:

A typical way to obtain the knowledge and skills outlined above is:

Deputy Sheriff I: Volunteer or paid experience in a law enforcement support area OR college level coursework in criminology or police science which will have provided the basic knowledge and skills. WORKING CONDITIONS & ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

CalPERS Retirement

  • Tier I: Up to 12/31/2012: 3% @ 50
  • Tier II: Post 1/1/2013: 2.7% @ 57

Selection Procedure

The County's Human Resources system operates by a set of rules and procedures which ensure that employees are hired and promoted on the basis of merit and fitness for the job. Jobs are filled through competitive examinations.

A complete online application is required for this position. All application materials will be reviewed by a panel of subject matter experts. Those candidates considered to be the most qualified, based on the application materials submitted, will be invited to a written and/or oral examination.

Policy of Nondiscrimination

The County of Humboldt does not discriminate on the basis of mental or physical disability in the admission or access to, treatment or employment in, its programs or activities. Human Resources is wheelchair-accessible by entering the Courthouse from the ramp located on the east side of the building next to the marked handicapped parking. Special testing arrangements may be made to accommodate disabilities or religious convictions. Contact Human Resources at (707) 476-2349 well in advance of the examination for assistance.

The County is an equal opportunity employer. We enthusiastically accept our responsibility to make employment decisions without regard to race, religion or religious creed, color, age, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, marital status, medical condition, mental or physical disability, military service, or any other classification protected by federal, state, or local laws or ordinances. Reasonable accommodation may be made in the testing procedure as well as the work site. If you need accommodation for an exam due to a disability, please contact the Human Resources office as soon as possible.

How to Apply

A complete, original application must be filed for each position you are interested in applying for. Applications may only be submitted online through the County's automated application system at no later than the final filing date listed on the job flyer. All applications are screened by subject matter experts. The most qualified candidates may then be invited for further testing.

It is important that your application show all the relevant experience and education you possess.

Please read the job requirements section of the announcement. Be sure you meet these requirements since they will be carefully evaluated during the selection process. Your performance in this examination will be compared with the performance of others who take the test. All candidates who pass will be ranked according to their scores. The examination results will be emailed to you as quickly as possible. Scores will be provided in writing only.

MEDICAL EXAMINATION: A pre-employment medical examination provided by the County may be required upon offer of employment.

OTHER EXAMINATIONS: Some positions also require psychological evaluation and/or extensive background investigation.

LICENSES: Some classifications require possession of valid professional and/or technical licenses. Some classifications may require the possession of a valid California driver's license.

PROBATIONARY PERIOD: Persons appointed to regular County positions serve a probationary period. This is normally six months, but may be up to one year. All designated safety employees serve a one year probationary period.

EMPLOYMENT ELIGIBILITY: It is the County's intention to hire only those workers who are authorized to work in the United States, pursuant to the Immigration Act of 1990. If you are offered employment you will be required to verify your eligibility to work in the United States. For law enforcement positions you will be required to verify your U.S. citizenship or legalized status.

All County of Humboldt employees are designated Disaster Service Workers through state and local law (California Government Code Section 3100-3109). Employment with the County requires the affirmation of a loyalty oath to this effect. Employees are required to complete all Disaster Service Worker-related training as assigned, and to return to work as ordered in the event of an emergency.


Keywords: County of Humboldt, Redding , Deputy Sheriff I, Other , Eureka, California

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