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Correctional officer


Earn competitive pay and incentive bonuses, while building a rewarding law enforcement career that has real impact on your community. Apply now to join our family. 

Correctional officer
Pay Range: $95,243 - $119,080


Jump start your law enforcement career with a challenging yet rewarding work with the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office as a Correctional Officer.  As a Correctional Officer you will receive specialized training in tactics, K-9, and population management. Additionally, Correctional Officers build a foundation of law enforcement skills for future career opportunities with the Sheriff's Office.


  • Receive, search, book, fingerprint, and guard inmates in the correctional facilities.

  • Take custody of inmates' property.

  • Maintain records of bookings, releases, transfers, money and other functions of the correctional facilities.

  • Prepare inmates for court and for release.

  • Perform related duties as assigned.


  • Emergency Response Team

  • K-9

  • Detective Administrative Classification


All pre-application tests for Correctional Officer applicants must be completed before submitting an application. Applicants for the Correctional Officer position must pass the below Battery Tests within a year of the date of application

Join Us! Follow These Simple Steps

Step 1: Application Submission

Ready to kickstart your career in law enforcement? Start here!

  • Complete our online application form.

  • Don't forget to include responses to supplemental questions and copies of required test scores.

  • Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Step 2: Written Examination

We make it easy for you to meet our requirements. You have three options:

a) PELLETB Exam (POST Entry-Level Law Enforcement Test Battery)

  • Complete the PELLETB exam in under 2.5 hours.

  • Score a minimum T-Score of 42 for success.

  • Schedule your exam at

b) NTN Corrections REACT Exam (National Testing Network)

  • Achieve passing scores:

    • Video Judgement Test: 65% or higher

    • Reading: 75% or higher

    • Count: 70% or higher

  • Take the exam virtually or in person at nationwide testing sites.

  • Schedule your exam at National Testing Network Website.

c) CDCR Certificate (California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation)

  • Joining us with a CDCR certificate? You're all set!

d) Possession of an associate's degree or higher from an accredited U.S. college or university.

Get ready for a fulfilling career in law enforcement. Follow these three steps to success!

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