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Hiring: Correctional Officer Trainee (COT)

Join The San Joaquin County
Sheriff’s Department

Final Filing Deadline for
Correctional Officer Trainee Applications is
October 7, 2022.


The San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Department consists of 2 major divisions Fields Forces and Custody. The Custody Division currently staffs 247 Correctional Officers, 21 Correctional Sergeants, 9 Correctional Lieutenants, 2 Correctional Captains and an Assistant Sheriff. Department-wide there are currently 852 total positions serving San Joaquin County. Operations, Administration, and the Jail are all located in French Camp.


The San Joaquin Sheriff’s Office is seeking highly motivated individuals who are interested in a career in the daily function and operations of the Custody Division. This exciting opportunity offers successful Correctional Officer Trainee candidates the ability to earn pay while attending the required in-house academy at the San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Office. The academy will include a combination of academic instruction, physical fitness training, use of force awareness, group interaction, and communication skills to instill the knowledge, skills, and experience needed to function in a jail setting. Upon successful completion of the Correctional Academy, you will become a Correctional Officer.

  • Receives prisoners from law enforcement officers for detention in County jail and honor farm; obtains information from prisoners; receives and records prisoners’ personal property; searches, photographs, and fingerprints prisoners and assigns them to cells.
  • Supervises work and personal activities of inmates, including eating, bathing, recreation, and other daily activities; supervises prisoner counseling, work rehabilitation, and therapy programs; transports low-security inmates.
  • Releases prisoners from jail on proper authorization; returns prisoner’s clothing and other personal property. Collects and dispenses prisoner clothing, maintains clothing, linen, and cleaning supplies inventories.
  • Examines packages, letters, and other articles coming into the jail for the prisoners; insures that all items conform to established policy; removes contraband.
  • Provides first responder care and treatment during medical incidents; arranges for advanced medical treatment.
  • Maintains records and reports of prisoner activities and conduct; utilizes data terminals for reporting, keeping records, and obtaining information.
  • May lead other work as assigned and provide security for personnel providing services.


Education: Graduation from high school or satisfactory completion of a G.E.D. test (scores must meet level established by Peace Officers Standards and Training Commission).

License: Must possess a valid California Driver’s License.

Special Requirements:

  • Be at least 18 years of age upon appointment
  • Meet minimum standards required for Peace Officers as set forth in Section 1029 and 1031 of the Government Code and Section 831 (c) of the California Penal Code
  • Pass background investigation conducted by Sheriff’s Office
  • Meet physical standards established for safety members
  • Must successfully complete a basic training course approved by the California’s Board of State and Community Corrections within the first 12 months of employment

The competitive process includes the submittal of a completed San Joaquin County Employment application and Supplemental Questionnaire. Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of a complete application package. Qualified applicants will be invited to participate in a physical agility test and written examination. Candidates who pass both exams will be referred to the department for a hiring interview.


All applications will be reviewed with qualified candidates being invited to participate in a physical agility test which will be held on October 21, 2022.

Candidates must pass this agility test to be considered for the position. Listed below are the events and qualifying times candidates must achieve to pass the physical agility portion of the exam:

  • 50-Yard Dash: On a straight track, complete a 50-yard sprint within 20 seconds.
  • 75 feet Air Pack Walk: Demonstrate the ability to walk 75 feet wearing a 30-pound air pack or backpack in 30 seconds.
  • 165 lb Body Drag: Drag a 165-pound bag or dummy for a distance of 20 feet within 30 seconds.
  • Stair Climb: On a flat course starting 15 yards back from a flight of stairs or bleacher steps, walk or jog 15 yards, climb up 10 steps, then turn, climb back down the steps, and walk or jog back to the starting point within 30 seconds.
  • 500 Yard Run: On a flat surface, run 500 yards in 160 seconds.

On the day of the examination, you will be asked to sign an Accident Waiver which will relieve San Joaquin County of any liability related to the administration of the physical agility test. Those who pass the physical agility test will move on to the written examination, which will begin on the week of October 24, 2022.

Candidates may provide a BCSS Selection Examination T-Score for entry-level Adult Corrections or Juvenile Corrections Officers from other agencies in lieu of taking the written examination. T-Scores must be provided on agency letterhead for an exam administered after January 3, 2021. A T-Score of 45 or higher is qualifying with San Joaquin County. E-mail T-score letters to

Candidates who pass the physical agility test and the written examination will be referred to the Sheriff’s Office for hiring consideration.

Pre-Employment Physical, Drug Screen and Background: Potential new hires into this classification are required to successfully pass a pre-employment physical examination, a pre-employment drug screen and a background investigation as a condition of employment. Background requires attending an orientation, submitting a personal history statement, drug screening, voice stress analysis, physical and psychological exam. Final appointment cannot be made unless the eligible candidate has passed the drug screen, physical and successfully completed the background process. The County pays for the initial drug screen and physical.


San Joaquin County is dedicated to providing its employees with a great benefits package and is interested in their overall well-being. Through our SJC Engage wellness program, San Joaquin County employees and eligible dependents are offered support in the way of various workshops, courses, and programs in areas such as Physical and Mental Wellness, Professional Wellness, and Financial Wellness. Employees also enjoy special employee pricing through Perks at Work.

Approximate Monthly Base Salary: $5,154-$6,264

In addition to the base salary, the County offers an excellent benefits plan which includes a county contribution to health insurance, dental, and vision insurance plans. Other benefits also offered by the County include:

  • 1937 Act defined benefit retirement plan with reciprocity with CalPERS
  • 10 days of vacation leave a year (15 days after three years, 20 days after 10 years, 23 days after 20 years)
  • 12 days of sick leave annually with unlimited accumulation
  • 14 paid holidays per year
  • Members of the Correctional Officers bargaining unit are eligible for life insurance up to $10,000
  • 125 Flex Benefits Plan Educational Reimbursement Program

The San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Office will be offering a hiring incentive in the amount of $10,000 ($3,000 upon completion of the Academy, $3,000 after one year, $4,000 after completion of 6th year of service). The department will award the cash incentive to any person who is hired for the position of Correctional Officer Trainee within the timeframes this program is active and so approved by the San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors.

Additionally, a moving stipend reimbursement up to $2,000.00 for any cost directly associated with relocating their primary residence as a result of gaining employment with this office is available.

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