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Deputy Sheriff (Entry-Level) - San Francisco Sheriff Department (8302)

Recruitment: REF12238T

Published: August 25, 2023


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Department: Sheriff
Job class: 8302-Deputy Sheriff I
Salary range: $89,830.00 - $114,712.00
Role type: Permanent Civil Service What does this mean?
Hours: Full-time
Exam type: Continuous
Rule: Rule of the List What does this mean?
List type: Entrance


The San Francisco Sheriff’s Office works with the public, the criminal justice system, and community stakeholders to safeguard the lives, rights, and property of all people we serve.

The Sheriff’s Office keeps people safe — inside and outside the county jails, in the buildings we help protect, and in the communities we serve.

We help domestic violence victims rebuild their lives. We provide mutual aid to our law enforcement partners in emergencies and natural disasters. We offer education and job training to support those leaving the justice system, which builds stronger, safer communities.

Join the San Francisco Sheriff's Office!

Role description

As a San Francisco Deputy Sheriff, you’ll join a diverse workforce that helps protect public safety and enforce the law. Duties include:

  • Supervising people in San Francisco County Jails
  • Managing justice-involved people in alternatives to incarceration 
  • Providing law enforcement services at high-profile public location

This position requires shift work, weekend/holiday work and overtime.  

San Francisco offers desirable benefits and competitive salary!

Appointment to class 8302 Deputy Sheriff (Entry-Level) is for the period required to complete the POST Basic entry-level Academy. All appointees must satisfactorily complete a California Peace Officers Standards and Training (POST) Basic Academy and a Sheriff’s Office entry-level training program within the time prescribed by the Sheriff’s Office.  Failure to successfully complete these requirements or failure to perform satisfactorily on the job will be cause for release from appointment.

Appointees who have successfully completed a POST Basic Academy in class 8302 Deputy Sheriff (Entry-Level) will advance to Class 8504 Deputy Sheriff (Academy Trained).  A probationary period of 2,080 scheduled hours [WKP] worked, including legal holiday pay [LHP] will be required upon advancement to Class 8504. 

How to qualify

  • AGE: Applicant must be at least 20 years old at the time of application and 21 years old at the time of appointment.  There is no maximum age limit.
  • CITIZENSHIP: Applicant must be a United States citizen at the time of appointment.
  • JUDICIAL RECORD: Applicant must NOT have been:
    • Convicted of a felony;
    • Convicted of any misdemeanor that carries a penalty of prohibiting ownership, possession or control of a firearm;
    • Convicted of an offense involving domestic violence; or
    • Restricted from employment with the City & County of San Francisco.
  • DRIVER LICENSE: Applicant must possess and maintain a valid driver license at the time of appointment.
  • EDUCATION: Applicant must possess a U.S. high school diploma or have passed an equivalency test (GED or California High School Proficiency Examination), or possess a two-year or four-year degree or higher from an accredited college or university.
  • EXPERIENCE: One (1) year (equivalent to 2,080 hours) of any verifiable and satisfactory work experience, or one (1) complete year of any verifiable course work from an accredited U.S. college or university (30 semester hours/45 quarter units), or an equivalent combination.

What else should I know?


Applications for City and County of San Francisco jobs are only accepted through an online process. 

Applicants may be contacted by email about this announcement and, therefore, it is their responsibility to ensure that their registered email address is accurate and kept up-to-date.  Applicants should set up their email to accept CCSF mail from

Applicants will receive a confirmation email that their online application has been received in response to every announcement for which they file.  Applicants should retain this confirmation email for their records.  Failure to receive this email means that the online application was not submitted or received.

If you have any questions regarding this recruitment or application process, please email at


We do not accept POST PELLETB T-scores for this selection process.

Eligible List 

Candidates’ names will remain on the eligible list for a maximum period of 24 months. Candidates who are on the eligible list and elect to re-test will be assigned their most recent test score. The Certification Rule for the eligible list resulting from this examination will be the Rule of the List.  The number of refusals allowed is zero (0).

Placement on the eligible list does not guarantee nor imply that you will be offered employment.  The City & County of San Francisco reserves the right to hire only the most suitably qualified candidates for this important position.  The eligible list resulting from this examination will change as subsequent candidate scores are added to the list. Note that a candidate’s rank on the list will not change unless he or she re-tests and scores differently for the prior test.

After the eligible list is adopted, the Sheriff’s Office will administer the selection processes listed below to determine the most suitable candidates.

These components will be administered approximately every three months, as needed or as capacity allows. Candidates will be scheduled and notified by the Sheriff’s Office.

Important Information

Any changes to your contact information (name, address, phone number, etc.) should be updated immediately. To update your contact information, go to, Failure to maintain current contact information may result in loss of eligibility.

All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.

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.