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Collateral Assignments

To see the full salary schedule, click here.

Deferred compensation program and tuition reimbursement also available

Compensation 

$3,614/mo - $ 4,392/mo

$20.85/hr - $25.34/hr

Sheriff's Tech I:

Sheriff's Tech II:

$3,984/mo - $4,844/mo

$22.99/hr - $27.95/hr

$4,082/mo - $4,962/mo

$23.55/hr - $28.63/hr

*Salaries recently increased for all three positions

Sheriff's Fiscal Tech:

Benefits

Life Insurance:

  • $20,000

Long Term Disability:

  • 66.67% of regular monthly earnings

Employee Assistance Program:

  • 5 free counseling sessions, child/eldercare assistance, financial services, legal services, identity theft recovery, and daily living services. 

Leave Allowances:

  • 11 regular holidays and 2 floating holidays/yr, 3.7 hours sick leave per pay period (two weeks), Vacation based on longevity up to 6.2 hours earned per pay period after 133 months.

Education:

  • Tuition reimbursement

Medical

Affordable Medical Coverage

  • County contributes 80% of the total plan premium

  • 3 Blue Shield PPOs and 2 Kaiser HMOs

  • Delta Dental PPO + Premier

  • VSP Choice Vision Plan

  • Basic Life Insurance $20,000

To see a full listing of the benefits for this position (Bargaining Unit GE), click here

Retirement

CalPERS Retirement

Tier 1 - Classic: 2% @ 55 (single highest year final compensation)

Tier 2 - Classic: 2% @ 60 (average 3-year final compensation)

Tier 3 - PEPRA: 2% @ 62 (average 3-year final compensation)

Sheriff's Technician

Sheriff's Technicians have the opportunity to serve their communities in a clerical capacity; following the Sheriff's Vision of Total Professionalism and providing law enforcement support to the Sheriff's Office and allied agencies. Sheriff's Technician work various assignments in all Divisions of the Sheriff's Office, including Records, booking support in both the South Lake Tahoe and Placerville custody facilities, Support Services and Patrol.

A fulfilling career in Law Enforcement

At EDSO, our Sheriff's Technicians are given the opportunity to participate in the law enforcement process. Sheriff's Techs work in a variety of positions all of which are integral in the administration of justice. You may perform clerical filings of crime reports, arrest warrants, and court orders. You may  be checking for criminal history using state and national databases or facilitating the intake and release of inmates from our jails. 

A variety of opportunities

Sheriff's Technicians are positioned throughout our organization. Although many are trained in law enforcement clerical work, there are many specialty assignments that come available. Some of our techs work in our Records Unit, Fleet Services, Support Services, Corrections facilities, Body Worn Camera Unit, Concealed Carry Weapons Unit, and more! 

For Fiscal Tech:

Performs technical, complex and specialized accounting or financial office support work and assists with special projects as assigned in the Sheriff's department. Prepares worksheets for the annual departmental budget; assists in the administration of various budgets by reconciling accounts and preparing justifications. Recommends and implements financial recordkeeping, revenue tracking, and similar procedures and forms for the Sheriff's department. Reviews and reconciles varied reports, journals, budget, payroll or related fiscal or statistical data. Audits, verifies and reconciles various information, including source data as well as manual and computer-produced reports. Maintains varied subsidiary ledgers, auditing and reconciling reports and information and posting data as required, and more!

Minimum Requirements

  • Must be eligible to work in the U.S. 

  • No felony convictions

  • Not on probation. (Misdemeanors may be disqualifying depending on the quantity, type of violation, and the date of the violation)

  • Valid Driver License

  • U.S. high school graduate or GED recipient

  • Effective English oral and written communication skills

  • Successful completion of a comprehensive background investigation, Sheriff’s interview, and drug screening. To see the full list of requirements, view the job classifications by clicking here.

The Position

There are three types of Sheriff's Tech positions:

  1. Sheriff's Tech I: This is the entry level position. Under immediate supervision, you will learn and perform a variety of routine duties of clerical and technical duties. Complexity of work increases with competency.

  2. Sheriff's Tech II: This is the journey-level class for this position. Positions at the II-level are distinguished from the I-level by the performance of the full range of duties as assigned, working independently under less supervision than the I-level, and exercising judgment and initiative.

  3. Sheriff's Fiscal Tech: This is the highest technical level in the fiscal support series.  The work normally focuses on performing complex financial, accounting and/or statistical support work, and the direction or supervision of others in a project or day-to-day basis may be required. 

Job Definition

Perform a variety of specialized legal and administrative, clerical and technical duties in areas such as Records, Inmate Records, Investigations and Patrol support, etc. Compile data from multiple sources to complete and process forms, documents, and reports in accordance with established procedures; researches problems and refers it for appropriate handling. Assists the public in filing and/or obtaining information regarding crime reports; concealed weapon permits; registering of sex, drug, and arson offenders, etc. Responds to inquiries regarding inmates, facilities, operations, and Sheriff's Office policies and procedures; and inputs information into automated law enforcement data systems, and more!

The Hiring Process

Step 1 - Application

To become a Sheriff's Tech, no previous training or experience is required. Most applicants are just like you! From high school grads, to food servers, baristas, and retail clerks, our technicians come straight from the community. We will teach you everything you need to know. If you like what you've seen so far, your first step in the process is to apply. Complete and submit an online application for Sheriff's Technician. 

Step 2 - App Review

If you meet the minimum qualifications for Sheriff's Technician I, the Sheriff’s Personnel Unit will review your application and invite you to testing.

Step 3 - Written Test

Candidates will participate in a written exam which may contain multiple choice questions, true/false questions, short answers, or essay response. All examinations are job-related and test job-related knowledge, skills and abilities required on the job classification. To prepare, read the job posting, then study the material you feel would relate to the necessary knowledge, skills, or abilities. For example, if two of the requirements for a job classification are performing mathematical calculations and interpreting regulations, some of the exam questions may cover math and reading comprehension. 

Step 4 - Interview

The Sheriff’s Personnel Unit will give you directions on how to use the online self-scheduling feature to schedule yourself for an upcoming oral board interview. Once scheduled, you may not receive a reminder to appear at your scheduled interview. Please record the date and time of your exam when you schedule yourself. This is your responsibility. The interview will be a formal, panel style interview with two or three interviewers. There are resources online that can help you prepare for a standard interview. 

Step 5 - Pre-Background

Within five business days, you should be notified by email of your rank. Those who are selected to begin the background investigation phase will be given a list of documents you will need to submit prior to the background process. This includes certified copies of your birth certificate, marriage certificate, divorce decrees, certificates, and many more. You can help expedite your background process by having gathering all of your official records. Keep in mind that your official records may require weeks for government agencies and colleges to process.

Step 6 - Background Investigation

A Comprehensive background investigation is conducted. Save yourself time by being thorough and honest. Many of the delays and disqualifications are a result of omitting or minimizing incidents in your past. Some indiscretions are expected, however, dishonesty is never acceptable.

You can prepare ahead of time for this step by gathering all personal documents like marriage certificates, sealed highschool and college transcripts, etc. and by gathering the full contact information for family, friends, co-workers, references, and former supervisors. 

  • How many positions are available?
    This varies all of the time. However, correctional officer positions have been open continously for a long time. The natural occurence of retirements have ensured a very regular average of 8-10 vacancies at any given time.
  • How many positions are available?
    This varies all of the time. However, we regularly test for this position. There are typically 2-3 positions available depending on when you apply.
  • How many positions are available?
    This varies all of the time. However, we regularly test for this position. There are typically 1-2 positions available depending on when you apply.
  • What does the physical ability test entail?
    The Correctional Officer test is a one minute timed obstacle course performed on concrete floors. There are cone obstacles and barriers requiring you crawl, zig-zag, and sprint. It concludes with an 80-foot drag of a 165 pound dummy, all completed while wearing an SCBA tank.
  • How should I prepare for the Physical Ability Test?
    Start TODAY! Don’t wait. The test is challenging but designed for success. Candidates who arrive prepared for physical exertion tend to do very well. Ballistic exercises that challenge your cardiovascular and respiratory system is advised. Calisthenics, burpees, intervals, sprints, and other cardio will help you prepare. Most of the unsuccessful candidates struggled with the dummy drag. Dragging 165 pounds of dead weight is a challenge. Training quadriceps would likely benefit you. Squats, deadlifts, lunges, and stairs will help you prepare. Of course, there is a trick to everything. Dragging the dummy is best accomplished by leaning back and pushing off one foot at a time. Once you gain momentum, maintain it. Stopping and starting wastes valuable energy. Eat complex carbohydrates the night before and a light, healthy, balanced meal in the morning. Drink one or two glasses of water in the morning. Come to the test with a can-do attitude. Warm up on your own then stretch to prevent injury. If you follow this advice, you will be in the optimal position to succeed. Don’t forget, cheer on the other candidates! We are all in this together.
  • What do I wear to the Physical Ability?
    Wear comfortable and professional fitness gear and athletic shoes with good grip. Long sleeves and athletic pants may provide protection from the course.
  • What is the average hiring time/process?
    Depending on the position and number of vacancies, It can take three to six months or more to get from date of application to date of hire. This is dependent on how fast applicants get through the recruitment and background processes. Applicants who are prompt with all tasks tend to get through faster. Lateral applicants are given priority.
  • Are there positions in both Placerville and South Lake Tahoe?
    Yes! We have positions available in both areas.
  • Do deputies also work in the jail?
    No. Deputies are assigned to patrol.
  • Who can I call or write for more information?
    The preferred method of contact is email to recruitment@edso.org. You can use our contact form by clicking here.
  • How many positions are available?
    This varies all of the time. However, deputy positions have been open continously for a long time. The natural occurence of retirements have ensured a very regular average of 4-8 vacancies at any given time.
  • What is the average hiring time/process?
    Depending on the position and number of vacancies, It can take three to six months or more to get from date of application to date of hire. This is dependent on how fast applicants get through the recruitment and background processes. Applicants who are prompt with all tasks tend to get through faster.
  • Who can I call or write for more information?
    The preferred method of contact is email to recruitment@edso.org. You can use our contact form by clicking here.
  • What is the average hiring time/process?
    Depending on the position and number of vacancies, It can take three to six months or more to get from date of application to date of hire. This is dependent on how fast applicants get through the recruitment and background processes. Applicants who are prompt with all tasks tend to get through faster.
  • What is the average hiring time/process?
    Depending on the position and number of vacancies, It can take three to six months or more to get from date of application to date of hire. This is dependent on how fast applicants get through the recruitment and background processes. Applicants who are prompt with all tasks tend to get through faster.
  • I am active duty in the military, how should I start the process?"
    We suggest starting the recruitment process when you have approximately six months left on your enlistment. We post tentative testing dates and requirements in the job announcement and try to stay on course as much as possible. It is your responsibility to attend all tests and interviews to continue in the recruitment. A phone interview may be an option with prior approval. Once you are on the eligibility list and start backgrounds, we have more flexibility with dates and schedules and will try to condense appointments as much as possible. Email us and ask us about veteran incentives.
  • Do deputies choose between Placerville and South Lake Tahoe?
    We have a separate office, jail, and court in Tahoe. Some deputies live and work there full time. There are several vacancies which require most new hires to work there temporarily. The rotation begins once you are off probation and ends when your replacement is eligible. Most deputies spend 1-9 months in this assignment.
  • Can I transition from CO to deputy?
    Yes! Many do. It is a separate job that you have to apply for and follow each step of the hiring process which would include a physical agility course for deputy (different than the CO course). Those selected are hired as Deputy Sheriff I and paid to attend a local academy.
  • What is the hiring process if I live out of the county or state?
    We post tentative testing dates and requirements in the job announcement and try to stay on course as much as possible. It is your responsibility to attend all tests and interviews to continue in the recruitment. A phone interview may be an option with prior approval. Once you are on the eligibility list and start backgrounds, we have more flexibility with dates and schedules and will try to condense appointments as much as possible.
  • I am active duty in the military, how should I start the process?"
    We suggest starting the recruitment process when you have approximately six months left on your enlistment. We post tentative testing dates and requirements in the job announcement and try to stay on course as much as possible. It is your responsibility to attend all tests and interviews to continue in the recruitment. A phone interview may be an option with prior approval. Once you are on the eligibility list and start backgrounds, we have more flexibility with dates and schedules and will try to condense appointments as much as possible. Email us and ask us about veteran incentives.
  • What is the hiring process if I live out of the county or state?
    We post tentative testing dates and requirements in the job announcement and try to stay on course as much as possible. It is your responsibility to attend all tests and interviews to continue in the recruitment. A phone interview may be an option with prior approval. Once you are on the eligibility list and start backgrounds, we have more flexibility with dates and schedules and will try to condense appointments as much as possible.
  • What is your agency uniform standards?
    Class A - Flying Cross, tan, long sleeved dress shirt with gold metal name plate and tie bar. Black tie, black basketweave belt, black boots with polished toe. Flying Cross green pants. Green Ike jacket (optional), no cover. Class B - Same as above, however, shirt may be short-sleeved and tie omitted. Black shirt must be underneath. Embroidered name may replace the name plate. Class C - Tan 5.11 TDU shirt long or short, Green 5.11 TDU ripstop pants, black t-shirt underneath, embroidered name and embroidered badge acceptable. Boots need not to be polished. Specialty units wear a variety of uniforms. Download the policy manual by clicking here and see EDSO Policy 1046 and 1047 for details.
  • What is your agency tattoo policy?
    No tattoos shall be visible while in uniform. There are many ways to cover them up.
  • What is your agency tattoo policy?
    No tattoos shall be visible while in uniform. There are many ways to cover them up.
  • What is your agency personal appearance policy?
    No tattoos shall be visible while in uniform and mustaches only. You can read more about our Personal Appearance Policy by downloading the policy here and reading Policy 1044.
  • School transcripts - what do you accept?
    There are three primary methods of delivering your school transcripts for your background investigation. 1) Direct Mail - You order official (sealed) transcripts to be delivered to 200 Industrial Drive, Placerville, CA 95667 care of (The name of your background investigator) 2) Indirectly - If you have a sealed copy of your official transcript or have them delivered to you, you can mail or hand-deliver the sealed documents to your background investigator. 3) Electronically - Some institutions will allow an electronic delivery of sealed transcripts. You will need to request your school to email your background investigator an authorization code to view/print the transcripts. We cannot accept electronic "sealed" transcripts that you printed and forwarded.
  • Does my military top security clearance speed up the hiring process?
    No, our background investigation is separate from any previous investigations or clearances you have already obtained.
  • Does my military top security clearance speed up the hiring process?
    No, our background investigation is separate from any previous investigations or clearances you have already obtained.
  • What is the hiring process if I live out of the county or state?
    We post tentative testing dates and requirements in the job announcement and try to stay on course as much as possible. It is your responsibility to attend all tests and interviews to continue in the recruitment. A phone interview may be an option with prior approval. Once you are on the eligibility list and start backgrounds, we have more flexibility with dates and schedules and will try to condense appointments as much as possible.
  • What is your agency policy towards tattoos, facial hair, and other grooming standards?"
    No tattoos shall be visible while in uniform and mustaches only. You can read more about our Personal Appearance Policy by downloading the policy here and reading Policy 1044.
  • I have my DD214. Where do I send it?
    Please attach your DD214 to your application. If you are requesting Veteran’s Preference points, this must be attached to your application and show you were honorably discharged.
  • I have my DD214. Where do I send it?
    Please attach your DD214 to your application. If you are requesting Veteran’s Preference points, this must be attached to your application and show you were honorably discharged.
  • I am active duty in the military, how should I start the process?"
    We suggest starting the recruitment process when you have approximately six months left on your enlistment. We post tentative testing dates and requirements in the job announcement and try to stay on course as much as possible. It is your responsibility to attend all tests and interviews to continue in the recruitment. A phone interview may be an option with prior approval. Once you are on the eligibility list and start backgrounds, we have more flexibility with dates and schedules and will try to condense appointments as much as possible. Email us and ask us about veteran incentives.
  • Who can I call or write for more information?
    The preferred method of contact is email to recruitment@edso.org. You can use our contact form by clicking here.
  • Do Veteran's Preference Points help me?
    Veteran’s Preference points will add 5 points to your final score. If you have a service related disability and a letter from the VA stating such, you may earn an additional 5 points. This letter must also be attached to your application.
  • Do Veteran's Preference Points help me?
    Veteran’s Preference points will add 5 points to your final score. If you have a service related disability and a letter from the VA stating such, you may earn an additional 5 points. This letter must also be attached to your application.
  • What is the hiring process if I live out of the county or state?
    We post tentative testing dates and requirements in the job announcement and try to stay on course as much as possible. It is your responsibility to attend all tests and interviews to continue in the recruitment. A phone interview may be an option with prior approval. Once you are on the eligibility list and start backgrounds, we have more flexibility with dates and schedules and will try to condense appointments as much as possible.
  • Does my military top security clearance speed up the hiring process?
    No, our background investigation is separate from any previous investigations or clearances you have already obtained.
  • I have my DD214. Where do I send it?
    Please attach your DD214 to your application. If you are requesting Veteran’s Preference points, this must be attached to your application and show you were honorably discharged.
  • I am active duty in the military, how should I start the process?"
    We suggest starting the recruitment process when you have approximately six months left on your enlistment. We post tentative testing dates and requirements in the job announcement and try to stay on course as much as possible. It is your responsibility to attend all tests and interviews to continue in the recruitment. A phone interview may be an option with prior approval. Once you are on the eligibility list and start backgrounds, we have more flexibility with dates and schedules and will try to condense appointments as much as possible. Email us and ask us about veteran incentives.
  • Does my military top security clearance speed up the hiring process?
    No, our background investigation is separate from any previous investigations or clearances you have already obtained.
  • Do Veteran's Preference Points help me?
    Veteran’s Preference points will add 5 points to your final score. If you have a service related disability and a letter from the VA stating such, you may earn an additional 5 points. This letter must also be attached to your application.
  • I have my DD214. Where do I send it?
    Please attach your DD214 to your application. If you are requesting Veteran’s Preference points, this must be attached to your application and show you were honorably discharged.
  • Do Veteran's Preference Points help me?
    Veteran’s Preference points will add 5 points to your final score. If you have a service related disability and a letter from the VA stating such, you may earn an additional 5 points. This letter must also be attached to your application.
  • Is the training program hard?
    Learning any new job can be intimidating. Dispatching is highly specialized which makes the training pretty strenuous. However, you have a team of trainers waiting to help you and a team of coworkers who are eager to help. Everyone wants to see you succeed. You will receive weekly evaluations to keep you on track. Most trainees say the hardest part is listening and comprehending all of the radio traffic.
  • Is there a way to learn more about EDSO?
    We recommend you monitor our Facebook page. You can view live broadcasts and historic posts about things happening at EDSO. We also recommend you read our citizens' comments on our posts to see how our we engage with our community. Feel free to contact us in our contact form to ask any questions not covered on this website.
  • What is the starting salary?
    The salary range is listed in the job descriptions. Officers receive annual raises until they reach the maximum in their job class. You can see how these annual salaries are adjusted in the salary schedule.
  • What is the starting salary?
    The salary range is listed in the job descriptions. Officers receive annual raises until they reach the maximum in their job class. You can see how these annual salaries are adjusted in the salary schedule.
  • What is the starting salary?
    The salary range is listed in the job descriptions. Deputies receive annual raises until they reach the maximum in their job class. You can see how these annual salaries are adjusted in the salary schedule.
  • What is the starting salary?
    The salary range is listed in the job descriptions. Officers receive annual raises until they reach the maximum in their job class. You can see how these annual salaries are adjusted in the salary schedule.
  • What benefits are available?
    What benefits are available? You can find all the benefits by bargaining unit by clicking here. Deputy Sheriffs are under the (SA) unit.
  • What benefits are available?
    What benefits are available? You can find all the benefits by bargaining unit by clicking here. Dispatchers are under the (TC) unit.
  • What benefits are available?
    What benefits are available? You can find all the benefits by bargaining unit by clicking here. Sheriff's Techs are under the (GE) unit.
  • What benefits are available?
    What benefits are available? You can find all the benefits by bargaining unit by clicking here. Correctional Officers are under the (CR) unit.
  • Are there incentive programs?
    Yes! Tuition reimbursement is available for Sheriff's Techs.
  • Are there incentive programs?
    Yes! Tuition reimbursement is available for dispatchers.
  • Are there incentive programs?
    Yes! Education incentives include 2% for AA and 5% for BA (max 5).
  • Are there incentive programs?
    Yes! Education incentives include 2% for AA, 5% for BA, and 5% for MA (max 10). POST Certificate incentives include 6.5% for Intermediate and 12.5% for Advanced (max 12.5). There are specialized assignments which include 5% including FTO, Detectives, Resident Deputy, K9, and more. You can potentially earn 27.5% in total incentive pay. We have a tuition reimbursement plan to encourage education and a deferred comp plan to maximize your retirement.
  • What retirement options do I have?
    All new deputies receive 2.7%@57. All Classic Safety CalPERS (laterals) receive 2%@50. Couple that with our deferred compensation program and you will be all set.
  • What retirement options do I have?
    Tier 1 - Classic: 2% @ 55 (single highest year final compensation) Tier 2 - Classic: 2% @ 60 (average 3-year final compensation) Tier 3 - PEPRA: 2% @ 62 (average 3-year final compensation) (Most new hires)
  • What retirement options do I have?
    All new officers will be CalPERS Tier 3. ​ Tier 3 - PEPRA: 2.7% @ 57 (average 3-year final compensation)
  • What retirement options do I have?
    Tier 1 - Classic: 2% @ 55 (single highest year final compensation) Tier 2 - Classic: 2% @ 60 (average 3-year final compensation) Tier 3 - PEPRA: 2% @ 62 (average 3-year final compensation) (Most new hires)
  • I currently have a non-CalPERS retirement. Is there reciprocity?
    This is an arrangement between your current retirement plan and CalPERS. You can click here to check the CalPERS website to research this concern.
  • Does EDSO participate in a Deffered Compensation Program?
    Yes! It is a government 457(b) plan. If you are not familiar, it is a pre-tax deduction from your paycheck that is placed in a retirement fund for you. You can make early withdrawls for emergencies without penalties unlike 401k plans. The current maximum contribution is in the $700 range per paycheck but you can contribute as little as you want. Those who contribute the maximum their whole careers look to save at least $500k for retirement ON TOP of your CalPERS retirement.
  • How often am I paid?
    You receive payment every two weeks.
  • What is the consensus opinion on the deputy sheriff contract?
    Unlike many contracts, our deputies' receive annual adjustments to their compensation based on a comparison of local agencies. This voter-approved initiative makes for a hassle-free negotiation and few complaints. EDSO deputies rarely discuss contract issues because there are so relatively few.
  • How often am I paid?
    You receive payment every two weeks.
  • How often am I paid?
    You receive payment every two weeks.
  • How often am I paid?
    You receive payment every two weeks.
  • Why do people choose to work and stay at EDSO?
    1. Lifestyle. Most of our candidates pick EDSO because this is the place they want to raise their families. Whether you grew up here or are planning a move, El Dorado County is the ideal place to live. People travel here to recreate in your backyard! 2. Community. Working for a community that supports you makes the administration of justice easy, effective, and even enjoyable. We are blessed to have a justice-minded community who is willing to help and give us the tools to succeed. Our partnership is priceless. Go check out our Facebook page to see for yourself. 3. Justice. EDSO employs a strong balance of justice. If you step over the line in El Dorado County, you will be held accountable. We support and defend the Constitution. We also believe in the spirit of the law. We do what's best to support our community with compassion.
  • What is the FTO Program like?
    The FTP is approximately 6 months of training divided into 5 phases. Phase 1 and 2 are approximately six weeks long each. Phase 3 and 4 are four weeks long. Phase 5 is a two week shadow phase in which you demonstrate full autonomy. Ideally, you will be paired with four different training officers. (Lateral deputies with patrol experience typically spend eight to ten weeks in the FTP with two FTOs.) All field training is performed out of the Placerville office. The purpose of the FTP is to pass you. We intend to give you every opportunity to succeed. Unfortunately, not everyone does. The good news is EDSO boasts over an 80% success rate in the FTP. Aside from handling an abundance of patrol work, you will be studying a manual, taking exams, and receiving daily observation reports.
  • Why do people choose to work and stay at EDSO?
    1. Lifestyle. Most of our candidates pick EDSO because this is the place they want to raise their families. Whether you grew up here or are planning a move, El Dorado County is the ideal place to live. People travel here to recreate in your backyard! 2. Community. Working for a community that supports you makes the administration of justice easy, effective, and even enjoyable. We are blessed to have a justice-minded community who is willing to help and give us the tools to succeed. Our partnership is priceless. Go check out our Facebook page to see for yourself. 3. Justice. EDSO employs a strong balance of justice. If you step over the line in El Dorado County, you will be held accountable. We support and defend the Constitution. We also believe in the spirit of the law. We do what's best to support our community with compassion.
  • What does a correctional officer do?
    Correctional officers have two primary functions: Tower officer and a floor officer. The tower officer controls movement to and from cells and throughout the facility. The tower officer logs all incidents, movements, and stat-required services. The floor officer conducts inmate "counts", escorts inmates, performs cell searches, and more. There are many other positions in the jail as well. Some officers are assigned to intake new arrestees, some work to classify inmates, and others work in medical. Check out the list of collateral assignments at the top of this page for additional assignments.
  • How is EDSO and the jail organized?
    We have three divisions: Operations - patrol, investigations, CSI, homeless outreach, psychiatric response, field training, school resource, resident deputies, reserve deputies, OES, OHV, boating, dive, narcotics and more! They are overseen by two lieutenants and a captain. Custody - corrections, transportation, and court security. They are overseen by two non-sworn lieutenants, one sworn lieutenant, and a captain. You will have one or two sergeants available to you every day. There is one non-sworn lieutenant assigned to each jail. There is a sworn lieutenant also placed in the Placerville Jail. The captain shares time between both facilities. Support Services - dispatch, information technology, radio, records, property, personnel, training, professional standards, coroner, civil, volunteers, and more. They are overseen by one lieutenant and a captain. All three captains report to the Undersheriff.
  • What is the work schedule?
    Sheriff's Techs work a variety of specialties and that a variety of schedules as well. Some are 4 days a week with 10-hour shifts, and others work 5 days a week with 8-hour shifts. There are shifts that cover days, nights, and weekends. These schedules are assigned as-needed.
  • What is the work schedule?
    Dispatchers work four days a week with three days off. Three of these shifts are 12 hours long. The fourth day is 4 hours long. Here is a sample schedule: Week 1 Sunday: 0700 - 1900 Monday: 0700 - 1900 Tuesday: 0700 - 1900 Wednesday: 0700 - 1100 Week 2 Sunday: 0700 - 1900 Monday: 0700 - 1900 Tuesday: 0700 - 1900 Wednesday: 0700 - 1100
  • How do I pass the Field Training Program?
    In order to pass the FTP, you are required to complete all phases of the program with a passing score. We follow the POST standards. The measurement used to determine whether you are ready to be graduated from the program is the "solo officer standard." In other words, you are considered ready when you can perform all tasks at on your own at, or above, the skill level of other recently graduated deputies. In order to progress through the program, a good attitude is paramount. A good student listens, takes notes, accepts criticism, follows policy, and follows the chain-of-command. The sooner you can demonstrate that you can handle calls on your own, the quicker you will progress. You should be attempting to be a solo deputy every day, starting in phase one.
  • What uniforms to deputies wear?
    Class A - Flying Cross, tan, long sleeved dress shirt with gold metal name plate and tie bar. Black tie, black basketweave belt, black boots with polished toe. Flying Cross green pants. Green Ike jacket (optional), no cover. Class B - Same as above, however, shirt may be short-sleeved and tie omitted. Black shirt must be underneath. Embroidered name may replace the name plate. Class C - Tan 5.11 TDU shirt long or short, Green 5.11 TDU ripstop pants, black t-shirt underneath, embroidered name and embroidered badge acceptable. Boots need not to be polished. Specialty units wear a variety of uniforms. See EDSO Policy 1046 for details.
  • Do officers choose between Placerville and South Lake Tahoe?
    We have two jails: one in Placerville and one in South Lake Tahoe. You may be required to fill a vacancy in either location at least temporarily. The goal is to assign you to the location you desire.
  • What is the bidding process? How are shifts assigned?
    At EDSO, we bid for shifts in the order of seniority. We do this every six months. You are given a window to bid for a shift with set days and hours on/off. This is done every April and October.
  • What is the work schedule?
    Officers work four days on, followed by three days off. The next week, they work three days on and get four days off. They work six, 12.2 hour shifts and one, 6.5 hour shift for a total of 80 hours a week. Fridays alternate. For example, a typical weekend/graveyard schedule looks like this: Friday: 1800 - 0615 Saturday: 1800 - 0615 Sunday: 1800 - 0615 Monday: 1800 - 0615 Saturday: 1800 - 0615 Sunday: 1800 - 0615 Monday: 1800 - 0030
  • Do I get to choose which jail I work in?
    There are several positions in Tahoe patrol that are not filled. Therefore, if you prefer to work in Placerville, we may need to rotate officers to Tahoe fill those positions until such time as a less senior officer can take his/her place. Likewise, there are occasional incidents which may require you to temporarily change worksites. However, you will generally work in the location of your choice.
  • How long is the probation period?
    Probation is 18 months long.
  • How long is the probation period?
    Probation is 18 months long.
  • How long is the probation period?
    Probation is 18 months long. You will spend the full 18 months in Placerville.
  • Does EDSO dispatch fire and medical calls?
    No. While EDSO receives these 9-1-1 calls sometimes, we transfer them to fire dispatch right away.
  • Why do people choose to work and stay at EDSO?
    1. Lifestyle. Most of our candidates pick EDSO because this is the place they want to raise their families. Whether you grew up here or are planning a move, El Dorado County is the ideal place to live. People travel here to recreate in your backyard! 2. Community. Working for a community that supports you makes the administration of justice easy, effective, and even enjoyable. We are blessed to have a justice-minded community who is willing to help and give us the tools to succeed. Our partnership is priceless. Go check out our Facebook page to see for yourself. 3. Justice. EDSO employs a strong balance of justice. If you step over the line in El Dorado County, you will be held accountable. We support and defend the Constitution. We also believe in the spirit of the law. We do what's best to support our community with compassion.
  • What is the training like?
    You will be directly supervised by a senior technician. You will be provided assistance as you gradually become more independent.
  • How long is the probation period?
    Probation is 18 months long.
  • What is the Training Program like?
    Most dispatchers start their careers without relative experience. Dispatching is a highly specialized job and takes a long time to adjust. Our training program takes about one year to complete because we make sure you receive in-depth and comprehensive training to ensure your success. The program starts off slow. Typically, trainees will listen and watch as their training answers calls and gets familiar with the systems, policies, and procedures. Dispatchers get hand's-on experience by taking calls for service. Eventually they move into the dispatching portion in which they communicate and coordinate with deputies and other resources. There is someone there every step of the way to teach you the position.
  • For what reasons do deputies leave EDSO?
    EDSO has a very high retention rate. It is very rare for a deputy to leave this agency for another. Nearly all vacancies are due to retirements. The reason is clear. EDSO is a great place to work. Working for a community who supports you is our secret. Having all the tools and training to succeed is standard here. Living in the most beautiful county in California is amazing. When your deputies are happy, they have no reason to leave.
  • What is the JTO Program like?
    The JTO program is approximately 12 weeks of training covering all aspects of the position. There is a training manual that you will study from with your assigned JTO. Sometime after you complete the training program, you will be sent to a 196 hour corrections academy. The purpose of the JTP is to pass you. We intend to give you every opportunity to succeed. Unfortunately, not everyone does. The good news is EDSO has a very high success rate. You will be studying a manual, taking exams, and receiving observation reports.
  • Why do people choose to work and stay at EDSO?
    1. Lifestyle. Most of our candidates pick EDSO because this is the place they want to raise their families. Whether you grew up here or are planning a move, El Dorado County is the ideal place to live. People travel here to recreate in your backyard! 2. Community. Working for a community that supports you makes the administration of justice easy, effective, and even enjoyable. We are blessed to have a justice-minded community who is willing to help and give us the tools to succeed. Our partnership is priceless. Go check out our Facebook page to see for yourself. 3. Justice. EDSO employs a strong balance of justice. If you step over the line in El Dorado County, you will be held accountable. We support and defend the Constitution. We also believe in the spirit of the law. We do what's best to support our community with compassion.
  • What does it take to be a deputy at EDSO?
    Being a deputy sheriff requires committment to the community and to justice. It requires many characteristics, but none more important than honesty. Those who succeed are often hard-working, proactive, maintain the chain-of-command, are compassionate, thorough, and safe. Those who read, understand, and follow the policies of EDSO are best suited to succeed. If this sounds like you, we would love to see you apply!
  • Do I have to work on nights and weekends?
    Yes. Any emergency operation must work 24/7/365. Dispatch is no exception. Regardless of your shift preference, these positions are assigned as needed. Seniority decides who gets the first choice in shift.
  • Is dispatching stressful?
    It can be. However, the vast majority of calls are non-emergency. We train you to handle the stressful calls and, with some experience, you will be able to handle it all. The dispatch center is cheerful and positive.
  • What is the work schedule?
    Deputies work four days on, followed by three days off. The next week, they work three days on and get four days off. They work six, 12 hour shifts and one, 8 hour shift for a total of 80 hours a week. Fridays alternate. For example, a typical weekend/graveyard schedule looks like this: Friday: 1800 - 0600 Saturday: 1800 - 0600 Sunday: 1800 - 0600 Monday: 1800 - 0600 Saturday: 1800 - 0600 Sunday: 1800 - 0600 Monday: 1800 - 2200
  • For what reasons do deputies leave EDSO?
    EDSO has a very high retention rate. It is rare for a deputy to leave this agency for another. Nearly all vacancies are due to retirements. The reason is clear. EDSO is a great place to work. Working for a community who supports you is our secret. Having all the tools and training to succeed is standard here. Living in the most beautiful county in California is amazing. When your deputies are happy, they have no reason to leave.
  • What are the uniform standards?
    Class A - Flying Cross, tan, long sleeved dress shirt with gold metal name plate and tie bar. Black tie, black basketweave belt, black boots with polished toe. Flying Cross green pants. Green Ike jacket (optional), no cover. Class B - Same as above, however, shirt may be short-sleeved and tie omitted. Black shirt must be underneath. Embroidered name may replace the name plate. Class C - Tan 5.11 TDU shirt long or short, Green 5.11 TDU ripstop pants, black t-shirt underneath, embroidered name and embroidered badge acceptable. Boots need not to be polished. Specialty units wear a variety of uniforms. You can read more about our Uniform Regulations by downloading the policy here and reading Policy 1046 and 1047.
  • Where is the jail?
    We have two jails in El Dorado County: Placerville 300 Forni Road Placerville, CA 95667 South Lake Tahoe 1051 Al Tahoe Blvd South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150
  • How do dispatchers stay calm?
    It's really a matter of training and experience. You will find what works best for you. For many, the dedication to service and the focus of their expertise is enough to work though stressful situations. Knowing that your deputies and fellow citizens depend on you gives you drive to succeed. Dispatching is a team effort. You are never alone in the room and will have a supportive team.
  • Is overtime available? Is it ever mandated?
    There tends to be plenty of deputies looking for overtime opportunities. It's not uncommon to be asked to stay an extra couple hours to help with unexpected call volumes or absences. You may be occasionally asked to work a full overtime shift but it is very rare to be mandated to work a full overtime shift. Any mandated overtime usually coincides with a critical incident such as a forest fire. If you like overtime, we have plenty of volunteer opportunities as well.
  • What's the best part of the job?
    1) Supporting the team. Dispatchers are of incredible importance to the process. You have a lot of responsibilities but you also share in the victory. If you truly want to help people and be part of the criminal justice process, this is a great job for you. 2) It's exciting. EDSO dispatchers experience a large spectrum of call types. Not many other agencies have some of our call types. From search and rescue operations to boat stops and everything inbetween. Every day will bring you a new experience.
  • Do I have to work in the jail or the courts?
    Every Deputy Sheriff II is assigned to patrol primarily. Occasionally we must rotate several deputies through courts if there are not enough full-time bailiffs. However, there is never an assignment in corrections. All inmate supervision is performed by correctional officers.
  • Why do people become dispatchers?
    It's a job you can be proud of. You will be specially trained to handle critical incidents. It's a job where you can demonstrate your courage and ability. You can make a big difference in the lives of people around you. Dispatchers save lives. We call those people heroes.
  • What's the hardest part of the job?
    Learning to listen to frequent radio traffic is challenging. It is a learned skill that most pick up after awhile. You can practice this skill by listening to a public safety radio scanner throughout your day and see if you can listen AND comprehend everything you've heard.
  • Do I have to work in Tahoe?
    Most likely yes. There are several positions in Tahoe patrol that are not filled. Therefore, we must rotate deputies to fill those positions until such time as a less senior deputy can take his/her place. That tour typically lasts 1-12 months. Deputies rotate to Tahoe after completing probation. If there are no vacancies in Tahoe, there is no rotation.
  • Is there a take-home car program?
    Yes! We allow deputies who live within El Dorado County to take their patrol car home every night. However, you will leave the vehicle at the office on your last day of your work week to be used by a counterpart working the opposite side of the week.
  • Can I workout on duty?
    Yes! We have a wellness program that permits you to use 1-hour of wellness time at the beginning or the end of your shift. This is based on the needs of patrol. You are allowed to do this three days a week. We have a brand new, state-of-the-art gym to help you meet your fitness goals!
  • How soon can I get collateral assignments?
    Per our policy, you must be off probation to obtain a collateral assignment. Those who are motivated to get any particular assignment can express their interest to that particular team and many will allow you to shadow or role play for trainings. Since collateral assignments are part-time, the teams tend to be larger giving you a better chance of making the team.
  • Is this job dangerous?
    Any job in law enforcement comes with danger. However, we equip you with the training and equipment to keep you safe. Corrections is a challenging career but a rewarding one. While every inmate is unpredicable, nearly all serve their time without incident. Many of them resolve to better themselves and will look to you to help them. Many officers find the rehabilitation part of corrections to be very rewarding. Due to our strict policies and practices regarding rule and law enforcement, there are even fewer incidents in our facilities.
  • Which collateral assignment should I choose?
    Many deputies balance two collateral assignments. Some take on a third. Some assignments are more demanding than others so you should apply carefully. My recommendation is to choose one assignment that you are passionate about i.e. off-roading, diving, and robotics. Then, choose one assignment that will make you a better deputy and improve your promotional chances.
  • How is EDSO organized?
    We have three divisions: Operations - patrol, investigations, CSI, homeless outreach, psychiatric response, field training, school resource, resident deputies, reserve deputies, OES, OHV, boating, dive, narcotics and more! They are overseen by two lieutenants and a captain. Custody - corrections, transportation, and court security. They are overseen by two non-sworn lieutenants, one sworn lieutenant, and a captain. Support Services - dispatch, information technology, radio, records, property, personnel, training, professional standards, coroner, civil, volunteers, and more. They are overseen by one lieutenant and a captain. All three captains report to the Undersheriff.
  • Will I have to work alone?
    No. You will be assigned to a shift which is supervised by a sergeant and staffed with many other officers. You will be part of a team. You will brief together, train together, and work together.
  • How is the county divided into "beats" or work areas?"
    We have 5 zones which are subdivided: Zone 1: Unincorporated Placerville/Diamond Springs/El Dorado/Camino/Pollock Pines Zone 2: Shingle Springs, Cameron Park, El Dorado Hills, Rescue Zone 3: Somerset, Grizzly Flats, Mt. Aukum Zone 4: Georgetown, Coloma, Cool, Pilot Hill, Lotus, Greenwood Zone 5: Unincorporated South Lake Tahoe, Meyers, Strawberry, Tahoma
  • How many sworn employees are at EDSO?
    177. We currently have 143 deputies, 27 sergeants, and 7 lieutenants.
  • What report writing system do you use?
    We recently switched to RIMS by Sun Ridge Systems.
  • What is the shift bidding process?
    At EDSO, we bid for shifts in the order of seniority. We do this every six months. You are given a window to bid for a shift with set days and hours on/off. This is done every April and October. It typically takes two days to complete the bid.
Is this job right for me?
  • Do you have an interest in public service?

  • Do you have an interest in being part of the law enforcement process?

  • Are you of good moral character?

Most of our Sheriff's Techs come from a variety of backgrounds. Some have a lot of experience, others do not. The skills you learn here are very unique and we don't expect you to know how to do it all. We provide all the training and allow you to become independent over time. A good work ethic and a positive attitude will set you up for success. Sheriff's Techs have frequent contact with the public and other law enforcement agencies both in-person and on the phone. Good interpersonal skills is also desirable. If you fit these descriptors, we encourage you to apply!

Step 7 - Review

The EDSO Chain of Command receives and reviews your background file. If your background investigation reveals no disqualifying issues, you will be scheduled for an interview with the Sheriff.

Step 8 - Interview/ Drug Test

The Sheriff will discuss you as a person and expectations of employees. At the end, he may provide you with a conditional offer of employment. The conditions are that you successfully complete a drug test.

That's it!

If you successfully completed these conditions, you will receive notice of your swearing in, start date, uniform information, and a date for your welcome ceremony! Check the FAQs in the menu for additional information. 

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