Deputy Sheriff Recruit / Deputy Sheriff

  • Monterey County Sheriff's Department
  • 1414 Natividad Road, Salinas, CA, USA
Full Time Government

Job Description


The Monterey County Sheriff’s Office seeks Deputy Sheriffs to work in the Corrections and Enforcement Operations Bureaus. Deputy Sheriffs assigned to Corrections Operations are responsible for the security, custody, transport and supervision of inmates and may serve as a Court Bailiff. Deputy Sheriffs assigned to Enforcement Operations patrol unincorporated areas, enforce state and local laws, perform crime prevention and detection, conduct investigations and perform community policing activities.

WRITTEN TEST DATE/WAIVER:  Picture identification required to participate.  A sample written exam is available on the P.O.S.T. website at:  Applicants who have graduated from an approved CA P.O.S.T Police Academy or applicants who have previously taken the P.O.S.T. written exam within one year with a T-Score of 42 or above are not required to retake the written exam.  A copy of the certificate must be included with the application. 

PHYSICAL AGILITY TEST/WAIVER:  The physical agility may be waived for those applicants who have previously taken and passed the South Bay Regional physical agility test within one year. A copy of the certificate must be included with the application materials. 

RECRUITS: Are “at-will” employees. Recruits are sworn in as Deputy Sheriffs upon graduation from the P.O.S.T. Academy.  Failure to graduate or to meet the Sheriff’s Office standards is cause for release from this position.

DEPUTY SHERIFF: Possession of a valid Basic P.O.S.T. Certificate or an academy graduate required to be hired as a Deputy Sheriff.


  • Receive and process arrested persons, conduct inmate counts, search for contraband, and conduct searches.
  • Responsible for the custody, care, security, supervision, classification and transportation of inmates, and provide Court Security.
  • Patrol unincorporated areas, prevent, detect and investigate crimes.
  • Prepare written reports, maintain various agency records, collect evidence and testify in court.


Conditions of employment include, but are not limited to:

Working Conditions: Corrections Operations: Work effectively in an enclosed jail environment with potentially hostile individuals.  Enforcement Operations: Work effectively in remote areas and community settings, with minimum supervision in potentially dangerous conditions.

Minimum Qualifications: Must meet the California Government Codes 1029 and 1031 requirements; Sheriff’s Office Standards; Minimum requirements as indicated on the Supplemental Questions; and a Class C Driver’s License issued by the State Department of Motor Vehicle.  Computer and typing skills highly desired.

Required Conditions of Employment: Work flexible hours, shifts, weekends and holidays. Wear a uniform and maintain the standards established by P.O.S.T., S.T.C. (Standards and Training for Corrections) and the Sheriff’s Office.

Background Review:  Applicants must successfully pass the background/suitability process which includes a polygraph examination or voice stress analysis. Upon receiving a conditional job offer, a psychological examination and medical examination will be completed. Some positions in this classification are covered by the Omnibus Transportation Employee Testing Act of 1991 and shall be subject to drug/alcohol testing as required by law. 


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