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Deputy Sheriff (Academy Trained) - San Francisco Sheriff Department (8504)

Recruitment: REF3046S

Published: August 25, 2023


Crystal Cervantes -

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Department: Sheriff
Job class: 8504-Deputy Sheriff (SFERS)
Salary range: $89,830.00 - $139,282.00
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: Combined Promotive and 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.  A probationary period must be served in Class 8504 in accordance with the MOU (union contract). The MOU currently requires a probationary period of 2,080 scheduled hours [WKP] worked, including legal holiday pay [LHP].

San Francisco offers desirable benefits and competitive salary!

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's license at the time of the Sheriff's Office background investigation
  • 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 2,000 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.
    • Currently employed or employed with a law enforcement agency as a PEACE officer (i.e. 830.1PC) within the state of California within 3 years from the date of application filing; OR 
    • Completion of a certified California POST basic academy within 3 years of completion of the POST basic academy; OR
    • Completion of a certified California POST re-qualification course within 3 years from the date of re-qualification.  

NOTE:   Applicant MUST possess a valid California POST certificate at date of appointment. Please attach your proof of an equivalent Peace Officer Status in your application.

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


Minimum Qualification Supplemental Questionnaire: (Weight: Qualifying)
Candidates will be prompted to complete a Minimum Qualification Supplemental Questionnaire as part of the online employment application. This questionnaire is designed to obtain specific information regarding an applicant in relation to the minimum qualifications for this position. It is essential that applicants provide complete information in identifying their education, experience, and training. The questionnaire will be used to evaluate if the applicant possesses the required minimum qualifications. Resumes will not be accepted. An incomplete Supplemental Questionnaire will result in disqualification of your application. Applicants who meet the eligibility requirements are not guaranteed to advance through all of the steps in the selection process.

Experience and Education Evaluation: (Weight: 100%)
Qualified applicants will be invited to complete the experience and education evaluation. The invitation will be sent after we confirm candidates meet the minimum qualifications. The experience and education evaluation will be used to assess applicable work experience and college courses related to the knowledge and abilities of the job.

Eligible List/Score Report:
Candidates that meet the minimum requirements above will be placed on the eligible list and referred to the Sheriff Office when there are vacancies in the Class. A confidential eligible list of applicant names that have passed the civil service examination process will be created and used for certification purposes only. Candidate names will remain on the list for a maximum period of 24 months.

An examination score report will be established, so applicants can view the ranks, final scores, and number of eligible candidates. Applicant information, including names of applicants on the eligible list, shall not be made public unless required by law. However, an eligible list shall be made available for public inspection, upon request once the eligible list is exhausted or expired and referrals resolved. The eligible list/score report resulting from this civil service examination process is subject to change after adoption (e.g., as a result of appeals), as directed by the Human Resources Director or the Civil Service Commission.

The eligible list resulting from this examination is subject to change after adoption (e.g., as a result of appeals), as directed by the Human Resources Director or the Civil Service Commission.

Candidates who are on the eligible list and elect to re-test will be assigned their most recent test score.

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.

Certification Rule:
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).


All candidates must successfully complete the Departmental Selection Process components listed below to continue in the departmental selection process. 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.