Custody Deputy



The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office is offering a tiered 
NEW HIRE INCENTIVE of $30,000 for Custody Deputy positions


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!


$76,131.88 – $91,875.02 Annually


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.


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.

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1. Application and supplemental questionnaire

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

3. Physical Agility Test:  Pass/Fail

Physical Agility Test consists the following: 

4. Written Examination:
Option 1:
POST Entry-Level Law Enforcement Test Battery (PELLETB) which is an in-person written exam consisting of multiple-choice questions in the areas of Writing, Reading Comprehension, and Reasoning Abilities.  The study guide is available at Click on Recruitment and Selection, then on Information for Job Applicants, then on Application Preparation Guide for the POST Entry-Level Test Battery.
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Option 2: National Testing Network (NTN) which is an online public safety exam through NTN. This is a virtual proctored exam and your exam scores are sent directly to your designated agency,

NTN INSTRUCTIONS: To complete the written exam through the National Test Network (NTN), you must 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.

When you register yourself to participate in the National Testing Network “Law Enforcement” examination, this includes three components. The three components of 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).  

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.



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