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Employment Standards
Successful candidates for the position of Deputy Sheriff must possess the following qualifications and/or skills:
Knowledge of:
• Federal, State, and local laws and ordinances including those pertaining to search and seizure, rules of evidence, interviewing of suspects, court procedure, criminal law, laws of arrest, and laws governing the care, custody and control of prisoners.
• Investigative procedures, methods and techniques, including preserving crime scenes, identifying the elements of a crime, preserving evidence, obtaining statements.
• Ability and willingness to learn and promote department policies and procedures, including the General Orders; university policies and procedures, including the Administrative Guide; and the provisions outlined in the MOA between Stanford University and the Stanford Deputy Sheriff’s Association.
• Self defense, officer safety and crowd control tactics.

Ability to:
• Interpret, convey and ensure implementation of agency policies, procedures and methods.
• Establish and maintain effective community and public relations within a culturally diverse population.
• Communicate effectively both orally and in writing with a variety of people of various educational and socio-cultural backgrounds.
• Work both independently and as part of a group, maintaining effective interpersonal working relationships both within and external to the department.
• Carry out law enforcement functions such as investigating crimes, apprehending individuals, issuing citations, and managing crowds.
• Investigate complaints, infractions, violations of department or university policies, procedures and standards.
• Demonstrate sound judgment, tact, and integrity act with courtesy, resourcefulness, and initiative.
• Identify, adopt, and exhibit appropriate demeanor and behaviors (interpersonal abilities) in order to deal effectively with a variety of people.
• Comply with departmental grooming standards; wear a uniform.
• Assimilate and understand information in a manner consistent with the essential job functions.
• Work in fast-paced environment and complete work in a timely and accurate manner.
• Take appropriate actions in emergency and stressful situations.
• Perform assigned duties and responsibilities which may include effecting arrests, subduing resisting individuals, chasing fleeing subjects, running, walking, crouching or crawling during emergency operations moving equipment and injured/deceased persons, climbing stairs/ladders, performing life-saving and rescue procedures, walking, standing or sitting for extended periods of time, and operating assigned equipment and vehicles.
• Use computers and supporting applications.

Personal Characteristics
• Desire and ability to motivate and inspire others.
• Willingness to promote and personally model high ethical standards, integrity, dependability and the department’s Core Values and ROOTS philosophy.
• Conscientiousness, emotional control, dependability, integrity and initiative.
• Be of good moral character set by the standards set by P.O.S.T. job dimensions.
• Commitment to the development of one’s personal career.
• Ability to effectively deal with personal danger which may include exposure to armed/dangerous persons, dangerous animals, communicable diseases, hazards of emergency driving, hazards associated with traffic control and working in and near traffic, and natural and man-made disasters.
• Receptive to feedback; flexible and adaptable.
• Ability to maintain effective audio-visual discrimination and perception needed for making observations, communicating with others, reading and writing, and operating assigned equipment and vehicles.
• Ability to maintain mental capacity which allows the capability to exercise sound judgment and rational thinking under dangerous circumstances, evaluate various options and alternatives and choose an appropriate and reasonable course of action, and demonstrate intellectual capabilities during training and testing processes.
• Acceptance that one’s behavior off-duty impacts one’s on-duty credibility and ability to function effectively; in the event an officer’s off-duty conduct is determined through a department investigation to have violated department policies and procedures governing behavior, the officer may be subject to discipline, up to and including termination.

Minimum Requirements
• Satisfactory completion of a basic CA police academy or proof of satisfactory completion of the CA waiver.
• U.S. citizenship at the time of appointment.
• 21 years of age or older.
• Vision not less than 20/100 in each eye; correctable to no less than 20/30 in each eye; without functional color blindness or impairment.
• Normal hearing in each ear.
• Ability to pass an extensive background investigation.
• Ability to pass a medical examination.
• Graduation from High School or possession of a General Education Development (G.E.D.) certificate.
• Certificate and the completion of 45 college semester units or 60 quarter units from an accredited college.
• Not be in violation of Brady v. Maryland 373 U.S. 83 (1963).
• Ability to pass a physical demands test relevant to the job requirements.
• Ability to wear and breathe through a full face piece, negative pressure, air-purifying respirator (per Cal/OSHA 8 CCR Sec. 5144, a medical clearance, fit-testing and training are required for personnel who are required to wear such respirator) and the ability to wear and breathe through a particulate mask (currently a N-95 mask).
• Ability to accommodate schedule adjustments in order to meet staffing needs.
• Willingness to work special events on scheduled days off or after regular shift hours, sometimes with little or no advance notice.
• Willingness and ability to respond to emergency and critical conditions with short notice.
• Possess and maintain a valid California Driver’s License and an acceptable driving record.

Selection Process: (specific order of the process is subject to change)
• On-line application submission at http//:jobs.stanford.edu
• Stanford Application
• Written Examination
• Physical Agility Examination
• Oral Board Interview
• Personal History Questionnaire and interview with Background Investigator
• Live Scan fingerprinting
• Interview with the Director of Public Safety
• Polygraph Examination
• Background packet review by the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office
• Medical Examination with a licensed physician
• Physical Demands Examination with a licensed physical therapist
• Written psychological examination
• Interview with a licensed psychologist
• Offer of employment
• Deputization by the Sheriff of Santa Clara County or his/her designee

Field Training Program:

• Incumbent deputies must successfully complete a field training program (approximately 16 weeks). Deputies who do not successfully complete the field training program are subject to termination.
Probationary Period:
• Deputies who are not successful in completing their probationary period evaluation period are subject to termination.

Why Stanford is for You

Imagine a world without search engines or social platforms. Consider lives saved through first-ever organ transplants and research to cure illnesses. Stanford University has revolutionized the way we live and enrich the world. Supporting this mission is our diverse and dedicated 17,000 staff. We seek talent driven to impact the future of our legacy. Our culture and unique perks empower you with:

  • Freedom to grow. We offer career development programs, tuition reimbursement, or audit a course. Join a TedTalk, film screening, or listen to a renowned author or global leader speak.
  • A caring culture. We provide superb retirement plans, generous time-off, and family care resources.
  • A healthier you. Climb our rock wall, or choose from hundreds of health or fitness classes at our world-class exercise facilities. We also provide excellent health care benefits.
  • Discovery and fun. Stroll through historic sculptures, trails, and museums.
  • Enviable resources. Enjoy free commuter programs, ridesharing incentives, discounts and more!

The job duties listed are typical examples of work performed by positions in this job classification and are not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, tasks, and responsibilities. Specific duties and responsibilities may vary depending on department or program needs without changing the general nature and scope of the job or level of responsibility. Employees may also perform other duties as assigned.

Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of his or her job.

Stanford is an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law

*The Stanford Department of Public Safety does not pay the candidate for travel expenses associated with testing/interviewing, unless otherwise indicated by the department at the time of call for interview.

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