Join Our Team
Patrol, Specialty Units (SWAT Team, Search and Rescue, Bomb Squad, Dive Team, as examples), Forensic Specialist, Crime Analyst, Fiscal Office Assistant, Property Officer, Legal Office Specialist, and Criminal Records Technician are but a few of the more than 650 positions and 500 volunteer forces that make up the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office. Although many of these job classifications are careers in and of themselves, we encourage internal movement in the form of promotions, lateral moves, and accepting different assignments. Add to this the camaraderie, competitive salaries and benefits, and on-going job training and support, as well as the diverse communities and rural, coastal, or city living options found in San Mateo County, and you have the career opportunity of a lifetime.
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In order to join the Sheriff's Office, applicants are required to complete a number of steps in the hiring process. The steps vary according to classifications and can include a written exam, physical agility test, civil and/or departmental interviews, and a background investigation. (Click here for additional information »)
Sheriff's Sworn Staff
The Correctional Officer classification is one of our entry-level positions. They work exclusively in our correctional facilities and constitute an internal pool from which we recruit Deputy Sheriff Trainees.
Deputy Sheriff Trainee
The Deputy Sheriff Trainee classification is another entry-level position. During their probationary period, Deputy Sheriff Trainees attend the Police Academy and complete the field-training program. Once competed, they become Deputy Sheriffs and are assigned throughout our organization.
Deputy Sheriff Lateral
The Deputy Sheriff Lateral classification is for experienced officers who come to us from other law enforcement agencies. Once they complete the field-training program, they are assigned throughout our organization in a variety of challenging and stimulating positions.
Sheriff's Professional Support Staff
Professional Support Staff
Our professional support staff plays an integral part in the success of the Sheriff’s Office. The staff consists of over 40 separate classifications and 200 positions with a wide range of responsibilities. The more common classifications are Forensic Specialist, Crime Analyst, Fiscal Office Assistant, Property Officer, Legal Office Specialist, and Criminal Records Technician. Although many of the classifications are careers in and of themselves, we encourage internal movement in the form of promotions and different assignments. This includes movement from civilian to sworn positions (e.g., Office Assistant to Correctional Officer or Storekeeper to Deputy Sheriff Trainee).
Sheriff's Volunteer Forces
Deputy Sheriff Reserve
The Deputy Sheriff Reserve classification operates in the same capacity as Deputy Sheriff, but they are volunteers. Deputy Sheriff Reserves are just a small portion of the over 500 individuals that make-up our volunteer force. Our other volunteers are assigned to units including, but not limited to: Search and Rescue, Radio Operations, and Mounted Patrol.
Many people get their first experience of law enforcement with our Sheriff’s Explorer Post. Explorers are young people who volunteer to learn and perform a variety of duties under the careful guidance of Sheriff Office staff, and many later become Correctional Officers and Deputy Sheriffs.