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Old 07-17-2019, 7:58 PM
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Default Anyone know about the Orange County Sheriff's Correctional Services Assistant?

Is it a good job? Bad job? Is it easier to get promoted/hired to Special Officer 1?
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Old 07-17-2019, 8:04 PM
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Why not just be a dep?

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Old 07-18-2019, 7:46 AM
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What are you looking for career-wise?

CSA's work in non-inmate contact positions, i.e, inside jail guard stations. As a CSA, you will do a LOT of button-pushing and paperwork/record keeping kind of duties, such as activity logs, inmate counts and visiting logs. It is a stable job, with relatively limited advancement.

The SSO position is kind of a unique breed of cat. They are on-duty peace officers, but the position exists in a sort of grey-area as to what they can and can't do. Off-duty CCW? Don't ask.

If you are seeking a peace-officer career, I agree with explosivewhale's comment and recommend just going for the Deputy position. You'll go through the same background process. If you are GTG medically, etc., might as well go for the best career opportunities.
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Old 07-19-2019, 12:12 AM
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I agree with others, if you can make it as a deputy, go for that training. California POST opens many doors not just the jail. And if you graduate and you really are good at the jail you could actually stay there your whole career.

However backgrounds will be very stringent especially questioning your judgment.

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Old 07-21-2019, 8:54 AM
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CSA and SSO are not in the same series as a Deputy so there is not a “promotional path” from one to the other. If you wanted to become a deputy then you’ll find yourself applying, testing and going through a POST Basic Academy just like you have no OCSD experience. Being a CSA or any employee within OCSD would help you build a favorable reputation, provided you do solid work. That would aid you in becoming a deputy by establishing formal and informal references.

If you want to be a deputy or officer, apply for it.
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