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Deputy Sheriff 1 - Access to City Employment (ACE) (8302)

Recruitment: REF3391K

Published: September 12, 2022


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Department: Access to City Employment
Job class: 8302-Deputy Sheriff I
Role type: Permanent Exempt What does this mean?
Hours: Full-time


The Access to City Employment Program (ACE) seeks to hire qualified individuals with a disability into permanent entry-level jobs outside the normal civil service selection process. To be hired through the ACE Program, individuals must meet the minimum qualifications of the job and provide a Certification of Disability from the California Department of Rehabilitation or a Veterans Preference Letter from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

Role description

Definition: Under direct supervision, receives intensive training in the performance of a variety of duties relating to supervision of prisoners in custody; may receive training in organizing jail work programs and work crews, and general law enforcement duties in preparation for completion of the POST Academy requirements; and may perform other custodial duties as directed.

Distinguishing Features: A Deputy Sheriff I is a Peace Officer trainee assigned to work throughout the Custody Division without restriction, except in a satellite facility, under the supervision of a regularly employed Deputy Sheriff, and is responsible for the custody and supervision of prisoners in a county jail. The class of Deputy Sheriff I is distinguished from that of Deputy Sheriff in that a Deputy Sheriff is a Peace Officer as defined in California Penal Code Section 830.1; possesses a POST Basic Certificate; and performs custodial, court, transportation, general law enforcement responsibilities, and other related duties. The Deputy Sheriff I is not assigned duties extending to the investigation of crimes or to the enforcement of general laws of the State of California. The class serves as a trainee under direct supervision of a regularly employed Deputy Sheriff, Senior Deputy Sheriff or higher ranking officer.

Examples of Important and Essential Duties: "Class specifications shall be descriptive of the class and shall not be considered a restriction on the assignment of duties not specifically listed." (CSC Rule 7) 1. Receives training and assists in supervising prisoners and maintaining order in county jails; this may include but is not limited to: techniques of checking jail security hardware, such as doors, locks, and windows, for evidence of tampering or malfunction; techniques of prisoner movement control; techniques of cell searches and contraband detection; techniques of detecting and reporting criminal activity and violations of prisoner rules of conduct; and techniques of daily jail operations. 2. Receives training and assists in collecting and handling of prisoner property, clothing, and money; distribution and handling of jail clothing and bedding; supervision of prisoner work crews in culinary, laundry, janitorial, stock handling, garbage, farm, and other jail details. 3. Receives training and assists in booking, classifying, and release of prisoners; and preparing, retrieving, and maintaining other jail records. 4. Receives training in and assists with the use of restraint gear and restraint techniques, non-lethal chemical agents, defensive tactics, cardiopulmonary resuscitation, and other first aid. 5. May receive training in techniques of supervision of mentally ill persons in custody. 6. May receive training in techniques of arrest, collection and preservation of evidence, and preparation of accompanying documents. 7. May receive training in the use of firearms, baton, and other weapons in compliance with existing laws, policies, and procedures.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:  Requires ability to: deal tactfully and courteously with the public; control prisoners individually and in groups and deal with them on a fair and impartial basis; remain alert at all times and react quickly and calmly in an emergency; speak and write effectively; observe situations and write reports accurately and concisely; prepare and maintain accurate records and reports. Special Requirement: Prior to appointment, a candidate must successfully meet the requirements of San Francisco Sheriff's Department administered background investigation. Additionally, appointees to positions in this class are required to successfully complete the course requirements of a State of California Certified Peace Officers Standards and Training Academy, a State of California Certified Basic Jail Training Course, the San Francisco Sheriff's Department Training Program, and an 18-month probationary evaluation period, with overall performance ratings of Competent and Effective, or above.

License or Certificate: Requires possession of a valid California Driver's III Class C or License

How to qualify

What else should I know?

Conviction History: As a selected candidate for a job, you will be fingerprinted, and your fingerprints will be sent to the California Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The resulting report of your conviction history (if any) will be used to determine whether the nature of your conviction (or arrest, in limited circumstances) conflicts with the specific duties and responsibilities of the job for which you are a selected candidate. If a conflict exists, you will be asked to present any evidence of rehabilitation that may mitigate the conflict, except when federal or state regulations bar employment in specific circumstances, such as: Candidates for positions with the Unified School District and the Community College District may be disqualified from consideration should their conviction history not meet the standards established under the California Education Code. Candidates for positions with the Recreation and Park Department may be disqualified from consideration should their conviction history not meet the standards established under California Public Resources Code 5164. Having a conviction history does not automatically preclude you from a job with the City. If you are a selected candidate, the hiring department will contact you to schedule a fingerprinting appointment.

Disaster Service Workers: All City and County of San Francisco employees are designated Disaster Service Workers through state and local law (California Government Code Section 3100-3109). Employment with the City 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.

CONDITION OF EMPLOYMENT:  All City and County of San Francisco employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment. Someone is fully vaccinated when 14 days have passed since they received the final dose of a two-shot vaccine or a dose of a one-shot vaccine. Any new hire must present proof of full vaccination status to be appointed. Any new hire who will be routinely assigned or occasionally enter High-Risk Settings, must provide proof of having received a COVID-19 booster vaccine by March 1, 2022, or once eligible.

The City and County of San Francisco encourages women, minorities and persons with disabilities to apply. Applicants will be considered regardless of their sex, race, age, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition (associated with cancer, a history of cancer, or genetic characteristics), HIV/AIDS status, genetic information, marital status, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, military and veteran status, or other protected category under the law.