Professional Positions

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The Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office is dedicated to serving and protecting the people of Santa Clara County.   This would be impossible without the talents of our devoted and committed professional staff.  The Sheriff’s Office has about 400 different non-sworn professional careers in a wide variety of fields to provide vital support to our sworn staff on the streets, jails and courts.  
It is our goal to employ the brightest and most diverse applicants to become a part of the Sheriff's Office to serve the people within our county with a high level of quality and professionalism.  If you share our values of trust, respect, honesty, integrity, diversity and community partnerships, check out our current job openings.  There are various non-sworn job classifications open for recruitment from time to time, so check back often.

Candidate Selection Process

State law and Peace Office Standards and Training (POST) regulation require that candidates for a career with a law enforcement agency meet specific selection and training standards.  The normal selection process for non-sworn job classifications is as follows.

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Hiring Process 1

All applicants must complete and submit an Online Application through the Santa Clara County job portal using a NEOGOV online account.   Applications are first reviewed to ensure the minimum requirements for the position are met. If the applicant meets the minimum requirements, the County of Santa Clara’s Human Resources team will notify the applicants of the results, the exam process, if applicable, and the next steps.

All communications about the recruitment process will be by email.   To ensure that you receive all appropriate notifications, check your spam blocker and / or junk mail setting so that you can receive email from and the County of Santa Clara, otherwise the email notification may go into your junk mail folder.

The candidate is solely responsible for submitting the electronic application in a timely fashion. Applications will not be accepted after the posting deadline.  It is important that your application show all the relevant education and experience you possess. Applications may be rejected if incomplete.  It is the candidate's responsibility to ensure all required documents are submitted. The candidate will receive an email acknowledging receipt of the application, this does not mean the application and/or required documents are complete.

Hiring Process 2
Panel Interview(s)
The panel interviews will be conducted by the panel(s) to assess your personal accomplishment, job motivation, interpersonal skills, continuous learning orientation, experience, education and communication skills. Only those candidates who pass this part of the process will proceed to the background process.
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Pre-background interview
This is the first step in the background process where the applicant first meets a Background investigator to determine if the applicant will successfully move forward to the Personal History Statement. The background Investigator uses the POST dimensions to determine if the applicant will progress to the next step.

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Background interview
Completion and submittal of a Personal History Statement (PHS) is the next step of the Background Investigation.  The PHS requires compilation of extensive biographical information, fingerprinting, and an interview with a background investigator.  The background investigation will also include checks of employment, police, financial, education, and military records, and interviews with family members, neighbors, supervisors, co-workers, and friends.  You will be evaluated on your past behavior and current disposition and the extent to which your behavior demonstrates positive traits that support your candidacy for a career in law enforcement. Please have all your required documents ready with copies, during this interview.

Hiring Process 3

The Polygraph is conducted to confirm information obtained during the selection process.


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