Hiring Process

Antique Sheriff's Office vehicle on display during the Heroes Run 2016.


All potential employees of 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.

Hiring Process

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:

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.

For more questions call us at:

408 808-4605


email us at [email protected]

Sheriff's Emergency Response Team (S.E.R.T.) armored vehicle.

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