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2018 Agility Workshops

The Agility Workshops are back for 2018!  Workshops will start in May and run through August.  Visit our Agility Workshops page for more info.  This is an amazing opportunity to get inside knowledge, practice the physical agility test, and speak with a recruiter and background investigator.
G.I. Bill
If you are a military veteran you may now get the G.I. Bill through the academy and post academy training for Correctional Deputy and Deputy Sheriff through our state certified apprenticeship programs. Inquire with the backgrounds team after being hired for more information and the required paperwork.

Physical Agility Examination Request

As of June 2018 we no longer waive the Physical Agility Examination.  We do not accept WSTB scores or physical agility scores from other agencies as well.  

We only accept PELLETB scores for the Deputy Sheriff Cadet position.  We administer a different test for the Sheriff's Correctional Deputy position.  If you have taken the written examination with the County of Santa Clara, the score is valid for one year.  To request to use your previous score on a current application process, please contact the Recruiting Analyst at Employee Services Agency at​.


Physical Agility Examination Update

We no longer require the Body Hold event for both the Physical Agility Examination and have removed the Chain Link Fence climb for the Sheriff's Correctional Deputy​ Cadet position.  This change will not be retroactively applied to previous application processes and is only effective starting May 22, 2017.


Continuous Hiring!

The Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office is now hiring continuously for Deputy Sheriff Cadet/Lateral and Sheriff's Correctional Deputy Cadet/Lateral.  To see the minimum requirements and qualifications for each of these positions, please visit our Career ​Opportunities page.  These job postings will remain open until the positions are filled.  Apply online at

Accepting PELLET-B Scores

We now accept California PELLET-B written examination "T-scores" for the Deputy Sheriff Cadet position from other agencies with a T-score of 48 or higher, if the test has been taken within a year of the date we administer the test.  Check the current job posting at for testing dates.  It is the applicant's responsibility to attach proof of the written exam results to the job application.  The T-score results must be on an agency letterhead where the test was administered and list the type of test, test date, and the test results.

There are many resources to help you prepare for the PELLET-B.  The P.O.S.T. website provides a Preparation Guide for the PELLET-B which can be found here​ and at the Written Examinations​ page.

POST regulations prohibit examinees from taking this test more than one time in any 30-day period from any testing site in the State of California. Be advised that if you make multiple attempts to take this test within a 30-day period, POST will invalidate your test.


The Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office is dedicated to serving and protecting the people of Santa Clara County.  It is the Sheriff's goal to employ the brightest and most diverse applicants to become a part of the brother and sisterhood that makes up the Sheriff’s Office.  We, as law enforcement, strive to serve the people within our county with a level of professionalism that can not be matched.  We are all held to a higher standard by which we live in both our personal lives and in the line of duty.  The Sheriff’s Office has been continuously hiring for the positions of Sheriff’s Deputy Cadet, Sheriff's Correctional Deputy Cadet, Sheriff's Deputy - Lateral, and Sheriff's Correctional Deputy - Lateral positions.

After an intense background process and your application is approved, you will begin our intensive training and educational programs.  This training will enhance your abilities and better prepare you for a career in law enforcement.  You are supported every step of the way; you will be given the tools and encouragement needed to succeed.  Ultimately, your success is dependent on your drive, perseverance, work ethic, and your will to never give up.

In the end, you will join the ranks of those men and women who have what it takes to be the best: a Santa Clara County Deputy Sheriff.


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