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Custody Deputy

Company: County of Santa Barbara
Location: Santa Maria
Posted on: November 14, 2023

Job Description:

Approved SALARY INCREASES are as follows:
6/24/2024- 4.5%
6/23/2025- 2.5%

To learn more about the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office,
please visit our website at
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We are accepting applications to fill vacancies in All Locations for the Santa Barbara Sheriff's Office.

The list established will be used to fill current and future vacancies at All Locations (separate lists for different locations will not be established). Candidates must be willing to accept an assignment at any location throughout Santa Barbara County. Applicants must check "All Locations" on the application agency wide question and supplemental questionnaire. POSITION: Under general direction, maintains custody and supervises the work and conduct of inmates in detention facilities; and performs related duties as required.

This class is distinguished from Sheriff's Deputy in that incumbents have only limited peace officer power pursuant to Penal Code section 830.1 c, are not deputy coroners, not assigned to patrol or bailiff duties. Incumbents will be required to carry a firearm on certain assignments, and to regularly qualify with firearms pursuant to department policy.

County of Santa Barbara Employee Benefits and Compensation

Benefits and Wellness Plans-Medical/Dental/Vision CLICK HERE
Compensation SummaryCLICK HERE
Retirement Plan: CLICK HERE

  • Vacation Leave: 12 to 25 days per year depending on length of public employment
  • Sick Leave: 12 days annually with unlimited accumulation, one year of which can be converted to service credit upon retirement
  • Paid Holidays based on bargaining unit (view the compensation summary for this bargaining unit, link above)
  • Tuition Reimbursement Maximum of $500 per year for training and books
  • Education Incentive Allowance
  • Uniform Allowance for $825 per year (see MOU) In addition, applicants from other public sector employers may qualify for retirement reciprocity and time and service credit towards an advanced vacation accrual rate.

    • A reputation for honesty and trustworthiness
    • Integrity/good moral character
    • Initiative/drive & energy
    • Credibility/honesty
    • Strong team approach
    • Dependability
    • Good judgment under pressure
    • Effective communication skills BACKGROUND DISQUALIFIERS:
      • An admission of having committed any act amounting to a felony within five years in California, or in another state which would be classified as a felony in California
      • An adult felony conviction in California, or with a conviction for an offense in another state which would be classified as a felony in California
      • Currently on Probation or Parole
      • Adult felony and/or misdemeanor conviction(s) may be disqualifying depending on type, number, severity, and how recent
      • Conviction of/or sustained petitions for any sex crime
      • Recent use and/or possession of illegal drugs; Failure to reveal prior use will be disqualifying
      • Unfavorable work history
      • Poor credit history
      • History of committing domestic violence
      • Dishonesty or failure to reveal pertinent information
      • Recent use of marijuana may be disqualifying
      • Illegal possession of marijuana

        Examples of Duties
      • Instructs and oversees the work of a group of inmates assigned to maintenance, operational, or other rehabilitative activities;
      • Supervises the conduct of inmates during the booking process, in housing and at meals, during recreation and on work assignments; supervises family and professional visits to inmates;
      • Inspects credentials and incoming and outgoing mail;
      • Inspects living areas of inmates to insure cleanliness, orderliness and compliance to jail regulations;
      • Exercises influence for the purpose of modifying anti-social behavior and attitudes of inmates;
      • Prevents escapes, injuries and the destruction of property; searches for contraband; may receive and release prisoners;
      • Submits reports and prepares correspondence; types reports and letters, and transports prisoners and guards prisoners at hospitals and other off-site locations as directed.
        Employment Standards
      • Education: Graduation from high school or passing of the G.E.D. test indicating high school graduation level.
      • Age: 18 years or older.
      • Physical Fitness: Good physical condition with the ability to pass a comprehensive medical examination based on County of Santa Barbara medical standards, and the ability to pass a job-related physical agility examination. Ability to: understand and follow laws, policies, rules and regulations; supervise and deal with inmates; work effectively under stress and adapt to changes; learn the use and care of firearms; establish and maintain effective working relationships with others; maintain jail safety and security; make decisions with a minimum of supervision; write clear and comprehensive reports; oversee the work of others; type with sufficient speed and accuracy to perform duties as assigned.

        Additional Requirements:
        • Legally authorized to work in the United States under federal law.
        • Possession of a valid California Class C Driver's license at time of appointment.
        • Within the probationary period, incumbents must successfully complete training in a Correction Officer Academy and any other training deemed necessary by the Sheriff's Department.
        • Appointee must satisfactorily complete a probationary period.
        • Must meet minimum peace officer standards as specified in California Government Code Sections 1029 and 1031 including but not limited to the following: must have no prior felony convictions (unless fully pardoned), good moral character as determined by thorough background check; must submit fingerprints for purpose of a criminal record check and be found free from any physical, emotional or mental condition including bias against race or ethnicity, gender, nationality, gender identity and gender expression, ancestry, religion, disability, or sexual orientation, that might adversely affect the exercise of the powers of a peace officer.
          Supplemental Information
          Please read the SELECTION PROCESS: Be sure to frequently check your email throughout this entire process, this is the only way we will be notifying applicants regarding their status and to provide all the important information throughout the recruitment process.

        • APPLICATION AND SUPPLEMENTAL QUESTIONNAIRE REVIEW: All applicants are required to submit an online application CLICK HERE to be considered. Applications and supplemental questionnaires will be reviewed to determine whether or not the stated requirements are met. Those individuals that meet the stated requirements will be invited to continue in the next step in the selection process.
        • PERSONAL HISTORY QUESTIONNAIRE (PHQ): Qualified candidates will be emailed a notice to complete and submit a Personal History Questionnaire (PHQ).by a deadline. Failure to submit a PHQ by the deadline will result in disqualification from the selection process. Candidates who successfully pass the PHQ, will advance to the next step in the selection process. 3. WRITTEN EXAMINATION: Qualified candidates will be invited to complete and successfully pass a written exam through the National Test Network (NTN). To register with NTN and schedule your online exam, go to select "Choose Jobs", then select "Law Enforcement" Jobs and State; select Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office. You may register and take the exam prior to hearing back from the Sheriff's Office regarding your application status. Applicants are encouraged to take the virtual exam as soon as possible. Candidates who have already completed the National Test Network (NTN) examination may submit their results through NTN. The test must have been administered within one year of your submitted application. Candidates must meet the minimum scores of: Video (65), Reading (70), and Count (70); acceptance of NTN test scores are subject to verification with National Testing Network.

          Register yourself to participate in the National Testing Network "Law Enforcement" examination as soon as possible. There are three components to the written examination: Video Judgement, Reading, and Writing. The examination takes approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes. Upon completion of your examination, NTN will provide applicant scores to the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office (Human Resources Bureau).

          NOTE: We offer an alternative to taking the test with National Test Network. Applicants may submit their Peace Officer Standards and Training POST Entry-Level Law Enforcement Test Battery (PELLETB) T-score notice at the time of application. The results must state a minimum T-score of 40.0 to be accepted. The PELLETB test results are valid from one year the date the test was taken. Applicants who wish to use scores from a PELLETB exam administered at another agency must submit a letter from the testing agency on agency letterhead at the time of application. In addition, if you prefer to take an in-person, pencil and paper examination, the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office will administer a PELLETB exam. The next PELLET B exam date is Friday, September 29, 2023 in Lompoc. 4. PHYSICAL ABILITY TEST (PAT) Pass/Fail: Upon passing the written exam, candidates will be invited to attend the Physical Agility Test. Candidates will be notified by email with instructions on the process and how to self-schedule. Candidates who successfully pass the PAT will be placed on the employment list. The next scheduled PAT date is Friday, September 29, 2023 in Lompoc.
          The PAT is an important part of the Custody Deputy exam and can be physically demanding. Even if you are physically fit, we strongly advise that you begin pre-conditioning exercises now in order to increase the probability of success on the day of the exam. For the actual exam, you must wear appropriate athletic footwear and clothing. You may want to bring rubber cleats for some parts, not all, of the PAT. You must pass all of the physical agility tests in order to qualify for further consideration.

          Physical Agility Test consists as follows:
        • 1.0 mile run in under 11:00 minutes
        • 99-yard obstacle course in 25 seconds or less
        • Maximum sit-ups in two (2) minutes
        • Maximum push-ups in no time limit
        • Maximum pull-ups in no time limit
          ELIGIBLE LIST: Candidates must receive a passing score on the on the physical agility examination to be placed on an employment list (the minimum passing scores will be converted to a percentage score of 70 percent). An adjustment may be made to raw scores based on factors listed in Civil Service Rule VI. Those candidates who are successful in the selection process will have their name placed on the employment list for a minimum of three months. At the time the employment list is established, all candidates will receive an email notice of their score on the exam(s), rank on the employment list, and exact duration of the employment list. The Human Resources Department will notify you by ail if your name is removed.

          VETERAN'S PREFERENCE POINTS: Veteran's preference credit is applicable for this recruitment (5 points for veterans, 10 points for disabled veterans). To be eligible for this credit, you must be applying for this position within five years from your most recent date of: (1) honorable discharge from active military service; or, (2) discharge from a military or veterans' hospital where treatment and confinement were for a disability incurred during active military service; or, (3) completion of education or training funded by a Federal Educational Assistance Act. No time limit exists for veterans with 30% or more disability. To receive veteran's preference points, you must: (1) check the Veteran's Preference Points box on the employment application form, (2) submit a copy of your Form DD214 to the Human Resources Department on or before the test date, and (3) pass all phases of the examination process. The preference points will be added to your final test score.

          Those candidates placed on the employment list will be certified to the Santa Barbara Sheriff's Office for further consideration. The Sheriff's Office will administer the remaining selection process outlined below:

          -DEPARTMENT SELECTION INTERVIEW: Qualified candidates will be invited to participate in a panel interview with the Human Resources detectives.

          -ADDITIONAL SELECTION and HIRING COMPONENTS: Include polygraph, background investigation, post-offer psychological and medical examinations.

          Recruiter will communicate with applicants by e-mail during each step in the recruitment process. Applicants are reminded to check spam filters continuously during the Recruitment and Selection Process steps listed above to ensure they do not miss required deadlines.

          Disaster Service Worker: The County of Santa Barbara are declared to be disaster service workers subject to such disaster service. Activities as may be assigned to them by their superiors or by law.

          The County of Santa Barbara is committed to providing reasonable accommodation to applicants. Qualified individuals with disabilities who need a reasonable accommodation during the application or selection process should contact the recruiter listed on the job posting. We do require verification of needed accommodation from a professional source, such as a Medical Provider or a learning institution.

          Statement of Commitment The County of Santa Barbara is dedicated to cultivating and sustaining an environment that exhibits equity and inclusion everywhere, and at all levels of our organization. The County believes equity is a fundamental principle that must be imbedded in policies, institutional practices and systems. The County recognizes the negative impacts of systemic racism and is committed to eliminating the barriers affecting our Black, Latinx, Indigenous, and Asian community members, as well as people of other diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds. We envision a world where society and its systems (e.g. education, criminal justice, and health care, housing the economy) are just, fair, and inclusive, enabling all people to participate and reach their full potential. We celebrate community and employee diversity, strive for inclusion and belonging, and promote empowered participation. We aspire to build a workforce that is reflective of these values and the communities we serve. We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer and will resolutely uphold federal, California state law and/or Santa Barbara County ordinances. We believe equity and inclusion are vital to fulfill the County's mission and to embody a culture of "One County, One Future." Expanding the full range of employee talent allows the County to deliver our best to all our community members. We believe in the dignity and humanity of all people. We strive for a healthy and prosperous society that promotes all people having equitable access and opportunity. APPLICATION AND SUPPLEMENTAL QUESTIONNAIRE DEADLINE: OPEN UNTIL FILLED; an online application and job bulletin can be obtained 24 hours a day at

          Candidate Contact: HR Recruiter Ms. Ryan, email

Keywords: County of Santa Barbara, Santa Maria , Custody Deputy, Other , Santa Maria, California

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