Sheriff's Office


Deputy Sheriff Applicants

The Sheriff’s Office has three levels of applicant:

  • The Deputy Sheriff Trainee position is for people who meet the basic qualifications (listed below) and have not completed an academy. This is a paid, non-sworn training position that is used by the applicant while they attend a certified POST basic police academy. Upon successful completion of the academy, applicants are appointed to the Deputy Sheriff I classification.
  • Deputy Sheriff I position. Deputy Sheriff I is the entry-level position. Applicants must meet the basic qualifications and have completed a certified POST basic police academy.
  • Deputy Sheriff II applicants must meet the basic qualification, have completed a POST basic academy and have a POST basic certificate that signifies at least one year of full-time experience with a law enforcement agency in California.

Minimum Qualifications

The minimum qualifications for all deputy sheriff positions include:

  • Minimum age of 21
  • High school graduate or GED equivalent
  • Possession of a valid California driver’s license
  • Ability to pass a comprehensive background investigation that includes the checking of references, employment, financial, education, social, and criminal history and drug use.

Selection Process

The selection process may include any or all of the following: reading proficiency test, physical agility test, oral board interview, polygraph test, criminal history check and a comprehensive background investigation. Prior to appointment, a candidate must also successfully pass a psychological exam and a pre-employment physical exam.

Additional Information

Napa County Human Resources web site lists more comprehensive details about benefits and requirements of the position, as well as allowing you to submit an application for open positions. If the position you desire is not currently accepting application, you may create a log on account and the web site will notify you when the position is open.

Napa Valley College Criminal Justice Training Center

If you have questions please feel free to contact Lt. Cullen Dodd by e-mail or phone at (707) 299-1327.