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.
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES
- Responds to suspicious activities and answers emergency calls
- Patrols assigned areas to ensure the security of life and
property, observe situations and deter crime by providing high
- 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
- 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
- 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
NOTE: The level and scope of knowledge and skills listed below
are related to the job duties as defined under Distinguishing
- 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.
- Reading, interpreting and applying complex laws, procedures and
- Observing and accurately recalling places, names,descriptive
characteristics and facts of incidents.
- Remaining calm and taking appropriate action in tense
- Making rapid, sound independent judgments within legal and
- Preparing clear and concise reports, records and other written
- Understanding and following oral and written directions.
- Establishing and maintaining effective working relationships
with those contacted in the course of the work
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
Desirable Education and Experience:
A typical way to obtain the knowledge and skills outlined above
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
- Tier I: Up to 12/31/2012: 3% @ 50
- Tier II: Post 1/1/2013: 2.7% @ 57
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
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
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
THE PROVISIONS OF THIS BULLETIN DO NOT CONSTITUTE AN EXPRESS OR
IMPLIED CONTRACT. THE COUNTY OF HUMBOLDT RESERVES THE RIGHT TO MAKE
NECESSARY MODIFICATIONS TO THE EXAMINATION PLAN IN ACCORDANCE WITH
THE HUMBOLDT COUNTY MERIT SYSTEM RULES.