Deputy Sheriff Detentions & Court Services

A Detentions / Courts Deputy Sheriff provides a full range of security and custodial functions within the detention and court facilities. He/she maintains security in the courtrooms and premises and preserves order among spectators and participants during court proceedings.

Location Assignments

Initially, upon graduating from the Academy, you will be assigned to a detention facility in one of the following geographical areas:

  • Downtown San Diego
  • Otay Mesa
  • Santee
  • Chula Vista
  • Vista

After serving at a detention facility for one year you may submit a transfer request to the Court Services Bureau. The county courthouses are located in the following geographical areas:

  • Chula Vista
  • El Cajon
  • Downtown San Diego
  • Kearny Mesa
  • Vista

Specialized Positions

As a Deputy Sheriff for a detention facility or courthouse, you may apply for the following specialized positions (Note: Specialized positions with a asterisk * are part of the Career Assessment Process (CAPS)):

  • Backgrounds Investigator*
    Conduct background investigations on all prospective sworn Detentions/Court employees and others as required
  • Court Deputy
    Ensure that all inmates attend court as scheduled
  • Detentions Investigator*
    Investigate crimes that have been committed within the detentions facilities
  • Facilities Development Team*
    Work with private agencies, local and state government in the development of new detention facilities
  • Inmate Worker Deputy
    Select and supervise inmate workers
  • Jail Population Management Deputy*
    Perform inmate classifications, house inmates in the appropriate locations, using computer resources, and criminal histories
  • Jail Information Management System (JIMS) Deputy*
    Manage the Jail Information Management Computer System
  • K-9 Deputy*
    Trained and highly skilled dogs are used to assist deputies in the detection and apprehension of suspects
  • Operations/Administrations Deputy
    Assist the command staff in the day-to-day operation of the jail
  • Recruiting*
    Recruit qualified candidates from all segments of the community for a career as a Deputy Sheriff or Deputy Sheriff-Detentions/Courts
  • Training Coordinator
    Coordinate the training program in each jail
  • Training Officer
    Train new Deputies in jail operations
  • Court Training Officer
    Train new Deputies in court operations
  • Transition Team*
    Work with a team of deputies, supervisors and other staff to institute new policies and procedures in a newly constructed detention facility
  • Transportation Deputy*
    Operate various vehicles for transporting inmates

Pay Chart

Classification Step 1 Step 2 Step 3 Step 4 Step 5 Step 6 Step 7 Step 8 Step 9 Step 10 Step 11
Deputy Sheriff Cadet Detentions/Courts $38,274
Deputy Sheriff Detentions/Courts $45,022 $47,271 $51,999 $54,600 $57,329 $60,195 $63,206 $66,366 $69,685 $71,427 $73,212
5% Education Incentive 4 Years and Bachelors Degree for steps 6 and up $63,206 $66,366 $69,685 $73,168 $74,998 $76,872

Deputy Sheriff-Detentions/Courts Cadet wage is based on a 40 hour work week. Deputy Sheriff-Detentions/Courts wage is based on a 42.5 hour work week.

Upon graduating, you move to step 1 as Deputy Sheriff Detention/Courts. Then, in six months, you move to step 2. Then, six months later, you move to step 3. After that, it is yearly until you reach step 7. It takes two years to reach step 8. Then, another three years to reach step 9.

Have a College Degree? Deputies with a Bachelor Degree qualify for a 5% pay increase after 4 years of service.

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Sample Schedule

As a Deputy Sheriff Detentions/Court Services, your detentions schedule will likely involve 12½ hour shifts, with alternating 5 and 5 day periods of work and rest. You will work 7 days or nights in each 14 day pay period. Click the image below for a larger view of the detentions schedule.

Deputies assigned to the Courts work a more traditional business schedule.