Sheriff's Technician

Job Posted 1/29/2024
Alameda County Sheriff's Office
3 Park Place
Dublin, CA 94568
United States
Category Government
Security Clearance Required
Law Enforcement / Military
$31.82 to $37.97 Per Hour
Job Description


The Alameda County Sheriff's Office is a full service law enforcement agency accredited through the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) for its law enforcement services, its Regional Training Center, and its Dispatch Unit; the American Correctional Association (ACA) for its Detentions and Corrections Division; the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors Laboratory Accreditation Board for its Crime Lab; the Bomb Squad Commanders Advisory Board for its Explosive Ordinance Unit. Additionally, the agency's health care provider, Wellpath, has experience working with the National Commission on Correctional Health Care (NCCHC).

The Sheriff's Office has a current budget of approximately $600 million and has over 1700 authorized positions, including in excess of 1000 sworn personnel. The agency's Chief Executive Officer is Sheriff / Coroner Yesenia L. Sanchez, who is assisted in the operation of the agency by Undersheriff Richard T. Lucia, Assistant Sheriffs Emmanuel Christy and Colby Staysa.

The Sheriff of Alameda County is responsible for a vast array of tasks and duties, including the following:

  • Providing security to the Consolidated Superior Courts
  • Operating the Coroner's Bureau
  • Operating a full-service criminalistics laboratory
  • Performing Civil Process
  • Operating a County Jail (Santa Rita)
  • Operating the County Office of Emergency Services
  • Providing patrol and investigative services to the unincorporated areas of Alameda County
  • Pursuant to contractual agreements, providing patrol and investigative services to the City of Dublin, Oakland International Airport, Highland County Hospital, Social Services, and to the Alameda-Contra Costa Transit District
  • Conducting a basic academy pursuant to Police Officer Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.) requirements. [Sheriff's Academy website]
  • Providing Fish and Game enforcement
  • Project Director of the Narcotics Task Force
  • Serving as the Executive Director of the Sexual Assault Felony Enforcement (SAFE) Task Force
  • Operating a Marine Patrol Unit in the San Francisco Bay waters.

For more detailed information about the agency, visit: Alameda County's Sheriff's Office


Sheriff’s Technicians, under general supervision perform duties related to law enforcement functions that do not require the assignment of a Deputy Sheriff; and do related work as required. Sheriff’s Technicians are assigned throughout the Sheriff’s Office. Positions in this class are filled with unarmed, non-sworn employees who work rotating shifts, weekends, and holidays, within various divisions of the Sheriff's Office throughout the County. This class is distinguished from Deputy Sheriffs, who have peace officer responsibilities.

For more detailed information about the job classification, visit: Sheriff's Technician (#8755).



The equivalent of six months full-time experience in the classification of Sheriff’s Safety Aide in the Alameda County Classified service


The equivalent of one year full-time experience in a clerical position (60 semester units from an accredited college or university may substitute for 6 months of the clerical experience).


The equivalent of two years honorable service in the United States Military

Must possess a valid California State Motor Vehicle Operator's License.


1. A thorough background investigation will be conducted of all prospective Sheriff's Technicians to ensure they are suitable for law enforcement related work.

2. Hearing must be normal in each ear.

3. Vision must be correctable to at least 20/20 in each eye, and free from color blindness and permanent abnormality in either eye.

4. Sheriff’s Technicians must be at least 18 years of age at the time of appointment.

5. Sheriff’s Technicians are assigned to work day, evening, night and rotating shifts, including weekends and holidays.

6. Sheriff’s Technicians are assigned positions throughout Alameda County and are subject to rotation of assignments.

7. Sheriff’s Technicians assigned to the Coroner’s Bureau must have the ability to assist in lifting dead bodies weighing a minimum of 160 pounds and to maneuver a gurney.

8. Sheriff’s Technicians assigned to certain work locations must successfully complete training relevant to that assignment.

9. Sheriff’s Technicians must attend and successfully complete the Sheriff’s Technician Training Academy.

NOTE: The Civil Service may modify the above Minimum Qualifications in the announcement of an examination.


The most suitably qualified candidates will possess the following competencies:

Knowledge of:

• Modern office practices and procedures
• Recordkeeping coding and basic arithmetic
• Proper safety methods and procedures affecting assigned duty station
• Computer skills such as Microsoft Windows, Word, Excel, and Outlook

Ability to:

• Communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing
• Interpret and apply department policies, rules, laws, and ordinances pertaining to law enforcement work
• Write clear, concise, comprehensive reports
• Accurately observe and remember names, faces, numbers, and events
• Establish and maintain effective working relations with others
• Practice sound judgment on a daily basis and in emergency or critical situations
• Prepare and conduct presentations to community groups
• Learn laws, regulations, policies, vocabulary, and practices unique to the duties or functions being performed
• Perform clerical and record keeping duties, including making arithmetical computations.
• Work independently with only general supervision.
• Communicate with diverse groups and people demonstrating effective interpersonal skill and sensitivity.
• Work in contact with inmates in a custodial setting
• Adjust effectively to changing work assignments
• Maintain performance under stressful situations
• Interact with others in a way that gives them confidence in one’s intentions and those of the organization
• Deal effectively with others in an antagonistic situations; using appropriate interpersonal styles and methods to reduce tension or conflict between two or more people