Non-Emergency (209) 468-4400

Address

7000 Michael Canlis Blvd
French Camp, CA 95231

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Lobby Hours

Monday-Friday
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Professional Standards

Captain Joe Petrino

Captain Joe Petrino

Division Commander

The Professional Standards Division (PSD) manages all recruiting and hiring activities within the Sheriff’s Office. In addition, Professional Standards conducts and manages all backgrounds for hiring and Concealed Weapons Permits, office-wide training, oversees all Range operations, and has oversight of Internal Affairs. Responsibilities also include processing applicants for the Sheriff’s Office, Carry Concealed Weapons (CCW) permits, maintaining and update department policy, Worker’s Compensation, and Accident claims, Safety and is the liaison to County Counsel. The Professional Standards Division ensures the Sheriff’s Office maintains compliance with Peace Officer Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.) regulations as well as other Federal and State mandates.

Background investigations unit

Background investigations unit

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.

 

Personnel Function

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: CVSA Exam prior to the start of a background investigation. For applicants given job offers, certain job offer classifications may undergo a medical examination and psychological examination.

Training Function

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.

Personnel Function

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: CVSA Exam prior to the start of a background investigation. For applicants given job offers, certain job offer classifications may undergo a medical examination and psychological examination.

Training Function

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.

Internal Affairs

Internal affairs

Sheriff Patrick Winthrow

Sheriff Patrick Winthrow

To The Citizens of san Joaquin County

As the Sheriff of San Joaquin County, I take all allegations of misconduct by members of my office seriously. In order to build a foundation of trust with all members of our community, it is imperative that mutual accountability is at the foundation. Mere dissatisfaction with the merits of laws enforced does not, on its face, warrant sufficient grounds for a formal complaint.

When allegations of misconduct are brought to our attention, a fair and objective investigation will be conducted in order to obtain all pertinent and available facts. Depending on the severity of proven allegations or policy violations, some complaints may be addressed through training, formal discipline, or a combination thereof. It is the goal of the Sheriff’s Office to ensure that all employees maintain a strong moral compass and ethical behavior.

Sincerely,

Investigative Procedure

Investigative procedure

You may file a complaint against any member of the Sheriff’s Office by calling the Internal Affairs Division Shift Supervisor at (209) 468-4689 or the Internal Affairs Sergeant at (209) 468-4560 or (209) 468-4728. We are open Monday – Friday 8:00 am – 5:00 pm, nights and weekends.

You have the option of filing your citizen’s complaint in person, by telephone, or by utilizing this form to submit a written statement. An investigator from Internal Affairs Division will be assigned to contact you, interview all Sheriff’s Office personnel involved in your complaint. Complaints may be made anonymously, however, the Internal Affairs Division will not contact you.

If circumstances indicate that there will be an extensive delay in the investigation, you will be notified of the appropriate date of the conclusion of the matter.

Each citizen’s complaint will be judged on its own merit. After the investigation, your complaint will be classified into one of six categories: 

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Unfounded

The investigation conclusively proved that the act or acts complained of did not occur as described by the complainant, or that the employee named was not involved.

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Exonerated

The incident or allegation which provided the basis for the complaint or allegation occurred; however, the investigation revealed that the action taken was justified, lawful, and proper.

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Not Sustained

The investigation failed to reveal enough evidence to prove or disapprove the allegations.

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Sustained

The investigation disclosed sufficient evidence to prove the allegation made in the complaint.

Should the investigation reveal improper conduct by a member of the Office, then corrective action will be initiated in accordance with policies and procedures established by this Office. Such actions may include counseling, retraining, or discipline, up to and including dismissal. You will be notified, either by telephone or mail, of the final classification of your complaint, unless you have to chosen to remain anonymous.

If you have any questions on the results of the investigation, you may call the Internal Affairs Division investigator assigned to your complaint.

If a claim or other litigation is filed concerning the circumstances under investigation, we will be unable to discuss the matter or otherwise release information.

Citizen complaints assist the Office in maintaining quality law enforcement services. Additionally, they assure the citizens that corrective action is taken if there is misconduct by a member of this Office. Further, a thorough and impartial investigation procedure protects members of the Office from unwarranted accusations.

YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO MAKE A COMPLAINT AGAINST A POLICE OFFICER FOR ANY IMPROPER POLICE CONDUCT. CALIFORNIA LAW REQUIRES THIS AGENCY TO HAVE A PROCEDURE TO INVESTIGATE CITIZENS’ COMPLAINTS. YOU HAVE A RIGHT TO A WRITTEN DESCRIPTION OF THIS PROCEDURE. THIS AGENCY MAY FIND AFTER INVESTIGATION THAT THERE IS NOT ENOUGH EVIDENCE TO WARRANT ACTION ON YOUR COMPLAINT; EVEN IF THAT IS THE CASE, YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO MAKE THE COMPLAINT AND HAVE IT INVESTIGATED IF YOU BELIEVE AN OFFICER BEHAVED IMPROPERLY. CITIZEN COMPLAINTS MUST BE RETAINED BY THIS AGENCY FOR AT LEAST FIVE YEARS.

IT IS AGAINST THE LAW TO MAKE A COMPLAINT YOU KNOW TO BE FALSE. IF YOU MAKE A COMPLAINT AGAINST AN OFFICER KNOWING THAT IT IS FALSE, YOU CAN BE PROSECUTED ON A MISDEMEANOR CHARGE (PC 148.6(a)(1)).

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