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How often are the Intensive and Extended Academies offered?

The Intensive Format course is approximately six months in length and offered approximately twice a year. Exact course start dates vary each year due to holidays and the length of break between courses. The Extended Format course is approximately ten months in length.

What is a non-affiliate recruit and how many positions are available for each class?

A non-affiliate recruit has not been hired by an agency to attend the Academy. This is an unpaid, unsponsored position. Each Academy class has approximately 60-70 recruits.

How are non-affiliate candidates chosen and/or what qualities are desirable for a candidate to possess in order to be offered a position?

The Sacramento County Sheriff’s Training Academy mission is to prepare recruits mentally, physically and ethically for transition to a field training program. With this mission in mind, our Non-Affiliate selection process encompasses a review of the applicant’s POST Entry Level Law Enforcement Test Battery score (written examination), Academy Physical Agility Course performance (pass/fail) and a review of their submitted Personal History Statement.

POST Entry Level Law Enforcement Test Battery: The law mandates that “peace officers be able to read and write at the levels necessary to perform the job of a peace officer as determined by the use of the POST Entry-Level Law Enforcement Test Battery (PELLETB) or other job-related test of reading and writing ability.” Because performance on the PELLETB is highly correlated with performance in the academy, we use the PELLETB as an indicator of readiness for a career in law enforcement.

The PELLETB is a multiple-choice, fill-in-the-blank written examination designed to measure reading and writing ability. Applicants are given 2 ½ hours to complete the PELLETB, which contains five sections:

  • Spelling - applicants select the correct spelling of a word from a list of options
  • Vocabulary - applicants select the correct meaning of a word from a list of options
  • Clarity - applicants select the sentence that is most clearly written from a pair of options
  • Reading Comprehension - applicants read a passage and answer questions about the passage’s content
  • CLOZE - applicants use contextual clues to complete a passage that contains blanks/missing word

Academy Physical Ability Course: POST does not require agencies or academies to administer any physical agility test prior to hire and/or selection. However, our Academy, administers our own physical ability test during the selection process. We recognized the importance/need for applicants to participate in an entry-level physical agility test process as each academy recruit will be subjected to a comprehensive physical conditioning program, participate in strenuous job related training activities, and incorporate each into the overall training program. Completing the established course in the time prescribed provides a snapshot of an individual’s physical conditioning level and ability to address job-related obstacles or requirements.

Desired Qualities: There are four critical qualities possessed by what is termed an exemplary peace officer; good character, proficiency, professionalism and leadership. The essence of a peace officer is their character. When discussing character, the Institute on Ethics refers to “The Six Pillars of Character.” The Six Pillars include trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring and good citizenship.

The foundation of the Six Pillars from our view is trustworthiness. Trustworthiness embodies four essential ethical obligations critical to personal credibility and public trust: Integrity (consistency between beliefs, words and actions), honesty (truthfulness, sincerity, and candor), promise keeping and loyalty.

First and foremost, integrity is the cornerstone of a peace officer’s persona. If an individual compromises their integrity, the foundation of personal credibility and public trust begins to crumble and eventually implodes. From this we must clearly recognize the importance of each action or inaction, the importance of character and the potential impact character-based impropriety represents.

Ask the question: Do I set the example in the area of trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring and good citizenship? If so, then you represent the qualities we look for in selection. If not, work towards development of a corrective strategy based on education, awareness, understanding and positive choices/action.

If I do not get offered a non-affiliate position for one class do I have to re-apply for the next class or can I use the same application?

You must re-submit an application for each Academy class you wish to attend. You will also have to retake the Physical Agility Test and complete a new Non-Affiliate Questionnaire. Your T-score, if 42 or above, can be used if the date taken is within two years of the start date of the Academy.

Can I apply for both the non-affiliate position and trainee position (DST) at the same time?

Yes. It is encouraged that you make a photocopy of your PHS prior to submitting it for the DST position. The Academy will accept this photocopy as well as a photocopy of your T-score from the DST exam for a non-affiliate position. You are not required to attach original transcripts and/or obtain notarization for the non-affiliate position, however you are welcome to attach photocopies of any additional supportive material. The entire package must be submitted to the Academy at 1000 River Walk Way Carmichael, 95608 by mail or hand delivered separate from the DST application.

**Currently the Sheriff’s Department is not accepting applications for the DST position.

Can I apply for a non-affiliate position with a T-score I received from another agency?

Yes, the Academy accepts photocopies of T-scores from any agency within the State of California as long as it is within two years of the start date of the class you are applying for. You must have a minimum T-score of 42 in order to be eligible.

Are there any study guides available for the Entry-Level exam?

Yes, POST offers an Applicant Preparation Guide on their website or you can access it from our Academy homepage.

Is there a payment plan available?

Yes. The non-affiliate recruit is required to adhere to a strict payment plan that is distributed on orientation day. You will receive an invoice based on a fee schedule in which the recruit will be responsible to submit payment prior to the deadline.

Is there any financial aid available?

The Sacramento County Sheriff’s Academy is affiliated with the Los Rios Community College but is not an accredited college itself thus, any financial aid information must go through the American River College Financial Aid office. If you are offered a position, Academy staff will provide you with an enrollment letter that can be submitted to the college or for any G.I. assistance you may be eligible for. The Academy does accept the Board of Governors (BOG) Fee Waiver which can also be obtained from the college financial aid office.

Are there Student Loans available?

Any student loan information must be requested directly through a financial institution to confirm eligibility. The Academy will provide an enrollment letter to each recruit on orientation day to provide the financial institution.

What is the likelihood of receiving a job offer after graduating the Academy?

The successful completion of a POST Certified Regular Basic Course (Academy) does not guarantee employment. However, successful completion of the Regular Basic Course significantly increases employment opportunities and enhances overall law enforcement employment marketability. The process for selection for a Deputy Sheriff with our department or a Police Officer with other law enforcement agencies throughout the State of California varies from agency to agency and is highly competitive. Employment opportunities are also impacted by personal background issues, availability of positions, budgetary restrictions and agency needs.

Is the Academy live-in or do recruits return to their personal home after each training day?

The Academy is NOT live in and each recruit will be responsible for their own transportation to and from each training day. Recruits are encouraged to carpool.

Where is the Academy training held?

The Academy is located at 1000 River Walk Way, Carmichael, CA 95608.

Firearms training is held at the Kenneth Royal Firearms Range at 12270 Bruceville Rd., Elk Grove, CA 95757.

The Emergency Vehicle Operations training is held at 3905 Alert Rd., Mather, CA 95655.

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