About The Division
The Professional Standards Division (PSD) manages all recruiting and hiring activities within the Sheriff’s Office. In addition, Professional Standards conducts and manages all backgrounds for hiring and Concealed Weapons Permits, office-wide training, oversees all Range operations, and has oversight of Internal Affairs. Responsibilities also include processing applicants for the Sheriff’s Office, Carry Concealed Weapons (CCW) permits, maintaining and update department policy, Worker’s Compensation, and Accident claims, Safety and is the liaison to County Counsel. The Professional Standards Division ensures the Sheriff’s Office maintains compliance with Peace Officer Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.) regulations as well as other Federal and State mandates.
CAPTAIN JOE PETRINO
Background Investigation Unit
The Background Investigations Unit is responsible for specific personnel services of conducting applicant background investigations and security checks for non-sheriff staff who have site access. The unit also is responsible for providing training to department staff and maintaining training records.
All employees of the San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Office must undergo a complete background investigation prior to their hire date. A background investigation consists of the following:
1. Complete a detailed Personal History Statement
2. Credit Check
3. DMV/Criminal History/Wants & Warrants/ Records Check
4. Reference Checks, including but not limited to previous employment, relatives, education, and neighbors
5. Department Evaluation of background findings to determine suitability based on job dimensions
The following additional processes are required for Dispatchers, Deputies, Reserve Deputies, and Correctional Officer applicants: CVSA Exam prior to the start of a background investigation. For applicants given job offers, certain job offer classifications may undergo a medical examination and psychological examination.
The Background Investigations Unit plans, develops, schedules, coordinates, and oversees the training of department staff. Training is conducted for sworn and non-sworn staff in compliance with and based on California State P.O.S.T. Commission, Board of State and Community Corrections regulations, and other Federal and State mandates.
The Background Investigations Unit also maintains the department’s training records to ensure compliance with state regulations and department policy.