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Custody Deputy

 As a Custody Deputy with the Sheriff’s Office, you will become part of a team, dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for citizens of Santa Barbara County. Every day when you put on your uniform, you will make the community safer and secure. Make a Difference – Join our Team!

CUSTODY DEPUTY –  CORRECTION FACILITY

SALARY / BENEFITS
$58,850.52 – $71,844.93 Annually
(amount reflects base salary plus $4,095 cash benefit allowance)

BENEFITS: The County of Santa Barbara offers generous benefits, please visit our website at CLICK HERE.

TO SUBMIT AN ONLINE APPLICATIONCLICK HERE

POSITION: Under general direction, maintains custody and supervises the work and conduct of inmates in detention facilities and performs related duties as required.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS: 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, and are 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.

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

1. Education: Graduation from high school or G.E.D. test indicating high school graduation level.

2. Age: 18 years or older.

3. 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.

RECRUITMENT SELECTION PROCESS:

1. Application and supplemental questionnaire

2. Personal History Questionnaire (PHQ) – Pass/Fail

3. Physical Agility Test – Pass/Fail

Physical Agility Test contents are as follows:
A. 100-yard sprint: Complete a 100-yard sprint.
Time limit: 19 seconds immediately followed by the body drag.

B. Body drag: Lift and drag a 165 lb. dummy for a distance of 32 feet over a flat surface.
Time limit: 10 seconds.
C. 500-yard run: Complete a 500-yard run.
Time limit: 2 minutes.

4. Written Examination: Correctional Officer test developed by the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.

Written Exam Preparation Resource: To learn more about the types of questions asked on the Written Examination, click here, the Sample Test. A Qualifications Assessment is a structured form with pre-determined scoring/rating criteria. It assesses a candidate’s experience, knowledge, and skills. The sample test is not intended to be a study guide but is aimed to reduce test anxiety and to give candidates some information about what to expect on the test.
 
BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION PROCESS: The Sheriff’s Office conducts a polygraph examination and in-depth background investigation. Incumbent must successfully pass the following:
 

Polygraph Examination will measure the accuracy of information disclosed during the background investigation process.


Background Investigation
includes an interview and in-depth background investigation of police records, personal, military, and employment histories; inquiry of persons who know you and evaluate whether you respect the law and rights of others; are dependable and responsible; have demonstrated mature judgment in areas such as the use of drugs and intoxicants; are honest; and is a safe driver.

The following shall commence upon accepting a conditional offer of employment:
1. Psychological Examination is given by a licensed psychologist. You will be evaluated on the psychological factors related to successful performance to determine if you are presently suited for the difficult and stressful job of a dispatcher and to otherwise ensure that the candidate is capable of withstanding the psychological demands of the position.

2. Physical Examination is conducted by a licensed physician. The medical evaluation or examination shall commence once you accept a conditional offer of employment. You will be evaluated on the physical factors related to successful performance to determine if you are presently suited for the physically demanding job of a custody deputy.

BENEFITS: The County of Santa Barbara offers generous benefits, please visit our website at CLICK HERE.

The County of Santa Barbara respects and values a diverse workforce and strongly promotes strategies and activities to recruit, develop and retain qualified persons of varied backgrounds, lifestyles, experiences and races.