Background Investigations

The Background Investigations Unit is responsible for specific personnel services of conducting applicant background investigations and security checks for non-sheriff staff who have site access. The unit also is responsible for providing training to department staff and maintaining training records.

All employees of the San Joaquin County Sheriff's Office must undergo a complete background investigation prior to their hire date. A background investigation consists of the following:
     1. Complete a detailed Personal History Statement
     2. Credit Check
     3. DMV/Criminal History/Wants & Warrants/ Records Check
     4. Reference Checks, including but not limited to previous employment, relatives, education, and neighbors
     5. Department Evaluation of background findings to determine suitability based on job dimensions

The following additional processes are required for Dispatchers, Deputies, Reserve Deputies, and Correctional Officer applicants:

     a. CVSA Exam prior to start of background investigation

For applicants given job offers:
     Certain job offer classifications may undergo:
         a. Medical Examination
         b. Psychological Examination  

The Background Investigations Unit plans, develops, schedules, coordinates, and oversees the training of department staff. Training is conducted for sworn and non-sworn staff in compliance with and based on California State P.O.S.T. Commission, Board of State and Community Corrections regulations and other Federal and State mandates.

The Background Investigations Unit also maintains the department's training records to ensure compliance with state regulations and department policy.