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The Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office is dedicated to the preservation of public safety by providing innovative and progressive service in partnership with the community.
The Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office serves the communities of Cupertino, Los Altos Hills, Saratoga and the unincorporated areas of Santa Clara County. The Sheriff’s Office also maintains contracts with the Valley Transportation Authority and the Santa Clara County Parks Department for law enforcement services. The Sheriff’s Office is also responsible for the safety and security of the Santa Clara County Superior Court system and all its staff. The Sheriff’s Office also oversees the jail system for Santa Clara County which is the fifth largest jail system in California and responsible for the safety and security of over 4,000 inmates who are in custody.
Antique Sheriff’s Office vehicle on display during the Heroes Run 2016.
All potential employees or the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office, sworn and non-sworn personnel, must successfully pass a California P.O.S.T. mandated background investigation. The background investigation is different for sworn and non-sworn personnel, but they are similar in the background aspects they cover. California P.O.S.T. governs which areas of a candidate’s background must be investigated but allows agencies to set their own minimum standards for those areas of investigation. Therefore, all agencies have similar yet different hiring standards for their sworn and non-sworn personnel.
Areas of Investigation
The Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office complies with California P.O.S.T. in conducting background investigations in the areas of investigation mandated and goes even further to investigate additional areas to ensure our employees of the highest quality and of good moral character. The minimum areas of investigation required by California P.O.S.T. can be found at the California P.O.S.T. website.
Applicant doing the body hold event during the Physical Agility Examination.
In order to be hired as a sworn employee of the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office, all candidates must successfully pass a thorough background and hiring process including but not limited to the following:
- Written Examination
- Physical Agility Examination
- Oral Interview
- Background Investigation
- Polygraph Examination
- Psychological Evaluation
- Medical Evaluation
- Hiring Board Review
Successful completion of each of the steps of the hiring process does not guarantee a candidate employment with the Sheriff’s Office. Sole authority rests on the hiring board to determine which candidates to offer a final offer of employment.
Sheriff’s Emergency Response Team (S.E.R.T.) armored vehicle.