Custody Deputy

Correctional Officer
Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office - Santa Barbara, California

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Salary Information

Entry Level Salary:
$29.04 hourly
Top Pay:
$35.46 annual

Job Description

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THE POSITION: Under general direction, maintains custody and supervises the work and conduct of inmates in detention facilities; and performs related duties as required.
Examples of Duties:
  1. Instructs and oversees the work of a group of inmates assigned to maintenance, operational, or other rehabilitative activities;
  2. 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;
  3. Inspects credentials and incoming and outgoing mail;
  4. Inspects living areas of inmates to insure cleanliness, orderliness and compliance to jail regulations;
  5. Exercises influence for the purpose of modifying anti-social behavior and attitudes of inmates;
  6. Prevents escapes, injuries and the destruction of property; searches for contraband; may receive and release prisoners;
  7. Submits reports and prepares correspondence; types reports and letters, and transports prisoners and guards prisoners at hospitals and other off-site locations as directed.
Education: Graduation from high school or passing of the GED test indicating high school graduation level from a U.S. Institution. 
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:
U.S. Citizenship or permanent resident alien who is eligible for and has applied for citizenship. 
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 which might adversely affect the powers of a peace officer.
Desirable: The ability to converse fluently in English and Spanish.

TO APPLY or learn more about the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office, please visit our website at

Additional 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. SELECTION PROCESS:1. Review Application and Supplemental Questionnaire to determine those candidates who meet the employment standards.
2. Review Personal History Questionnaire (PHQ):  Upon completing the computerized assessment, candidates will be emailed a notice to complete a Personal History Questionnaire (PHQ). Failure to submit a PHQ by the deadline will result in disqualification from the selection process. Candidates, who successfully pass the PHQ, will be invited to the next step in the selection process.
3. Physical Agility Test (PAT):  Upon passing the PHQ, applicants will be invited to attend the Physical Agility Test. Candidates will be notified by email with instructions on the process and how to schedule. Candidates who successfully pass the PAT will then be invited to the written exam which is administered the same day.  
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. 1.0 mile run in under 11:00 minutes
  2. 99-yard obstacle course in 25 seconds or less
  3. Maximum sit-ups in two (2) minutes
  4. Maximum push-ups in no time limit
4. Written Examination: Upon passing the PAT, you will be scheduled immediately for the written examination (candidates must be available all day for testing). 
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.
Candidates must receive a percentage score of at least 70 on the written examination to be placed on an employment list. 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 names 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 mail if your name is removed.

Job Requirements

  • Age: 18 or older
  • Education: Graduation from high school or passing of the GED test indicating high school graduation level from a U.S. Institution
  • Experience: None
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  • 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

Adult Use of Marijuana Act (Proposition 64) and California POST Selection Standards:

Since POST standards adhere to both state and federal laws, the possession and/or sale of marijuana remains prohibited by federal law under the Controlled Substances Act (CSA). Therefore any candidate who uses / possesses and/or the sale of marijuana within the last year will result in disqualification.
BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION PROCESS:The Sheriff's Office conducts a polygraph examination and in-depth background investigation. If you feel your past may hinder your future from working for the Sheriff's Office or you are not sure how to answer the Personal History Questionnaire, please contact them at (805) 681-4270, so they can assist you in determining if you can continue your application process.Appointee must successfully pass the following:
Polygraph Examination will measure the accuracy of information given 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 Custody Deputy.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.

Contact Informaton

Colleen Ryan

Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office
4434 Calle Real
Santa Barbara, California 93110
phone: (805) 681-4270

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