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Qualifications

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Age

At least 20 years of age at the time of application and 21 years of age by graduation of Basic Peace Officer Academy.

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Education

Deputy Sheriff Cadet

Graduation from high school or possession of a General Education Development (G.E.D.) Certificate and completion of 38 college semester units (57 quarter units) at the time of application.

Sheriff’s Correctional Deputy Cadet

Graduation from high school or possession of a General Education Development (G.E.D.) Certificate

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Citizenship

Pursuant to California Senate Bill 960, effective January 1, 2023, it is no longer required for peace officers to either be a citizen of the United States or be a permanent resident who is eligible for and has applied for citizenship; instead, peace officers must be legally authorized to work in the United States.

You do not have to be a resident of Santa Clara County to apply for or work as a Sheriff Deputy.

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Background

Must be able to pass a complete background investigation, including fingerprints and a search of local, state, and national files for criminal history.

The Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office requires graduating Deputy Sheriff Cadets to possess 60 semester or 90 quarter college units upon completion of the academy. Deputy Sheriff Cadet applicants will obtain 22 semester or 33 quarter college units for completing the P.O.S.T. Basic academy; therefore, the Deputy Sheriff Cadet applicant must start the academy with a minimum of 38 semester or 57 quarter college units. College course studies and experience do not have to be geared toward Criminal Justice or Administration of Justice. By allowing applicants with all educational major backgrounds, the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office expands the skill sets available to the agency. Sheriff’s Correctional Deputy Cadets are not required to have any college units at this time.

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