Deputy Sheriff Trainee*

  • San Bernardino, California
  • Jun 04, 2022
Full Time Public Safety
  • Salary: $60,507.20 - $66,393.60 Annually USD

Job Description

The Job

The San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department is accepting applications for Deputy Sheriff Trainees who participate in a basic law enforcement training program approved by the California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST).

Sheriff's Trainees will:
  • Learn to interpret and apply laws contained in various state codes and local ordinances (e.g., Penal, Vehicle, Welfare and Institutions Code as well as Health and Safety Codes).
  • Learn and practice basic criminal and traffic accident investigation procedures; learn law enforcement techniques, including crime scene preservation, witness interviewing and evidence collection.
  • Learn and practice safety, care and usage of small firearms and department-issued weapons.
  • Learn and practice vehicle and radio operation, patrol procedures and traffic control.
  • Learn civil procedures and custodial responsibilities.
For more detailed information, refer to the Sheriff's Trainee job description.


Incumbents are expected to successfully complete the Training Academy. Upon graduation, Sheriff's Trainees will be promoted to Deputy Sheriff, which has a current salary of $35.30 - $52.38 hourly, plus benefits and retirement plan.

Applicants who have tested for Deputy Sheriff Trainee within the past six (6) months are not eligible to apply for this recruitment.

Minimum Requirements

The following are required for hire as a Deputy Sheriff:
  1. Be at least 21 years of age. (Applicants should be at least 20.5 years of age at time of testing.)
  2. Possess a high school diploma, G.E.D., or a U.S. Department of Education approved High School Equivalency Test.
  3. Possess a valid California Class C driver license or equivalent.
  4. Be a United States citizen.
  5. Pass a rigorous physical agility test based on California P.O.S.T. standards.
  6. Be fingerprinted and pass an extensive background investigation that includes interviews and a polygraph examination. Candidates must not have been convicted of a felony or be on any type of criminal probation.
  7. Pass a psychological evaluation and medical examination meeting California P.O.S.T. mandates, including vision and hearing standards. (The medical examination includes a drug screening to determine the presence of illegal substances.)

Note: The Sheriff's Department will be requesting your Social Security Number for the background process and for tracking your background materials. It is not needed for the application.

Desired Qualifications

The ideal candidate will have high personal and professional standards, good decision-making skills, and be mentally and physically ready to handle the rigors of academy life.

Learn more about the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department by visiting or by contacting a recruiter .

Selection Process

The Written Examination: Upon review of the application and supplemental questionnaire, the best qualified applicants will be invited to take the online written examination. Exam links will be sent within one week of application and will have a deadline listed on the email.

The online exam will consist of an evaluation of knowledge and skills in the following topics:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Written Communication
PAT: Candidates who are successful on the written exam may be invited to the PAT. Candidates will only be admitted with an invitation email.

Application Procedure : Please complete and submit the online employment application and supplemental questionnaire as soon as possible for priority consideration. Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of the application and/or supplemental questionnaire.

To ensure timely and successful submission of your online application, please allow ample time to complete and submit your application. Applicants will be automatically logged-out if they have not submitted the application and all required materials prior to the closing of this recruitment. Once your application has been successfully submitted you will receive an onscreen confirmation and an email. We recommend that you save and/or print these for your records. Please note, if you do not receive an onscreen confirmation and an email acknowledging our receipt of your application we have not received your application.

If you require technical assistance, please click HERE to review the Government Jobs online application guide , or contact their Toll-Free Applicant Support line at (855) 524-5627. Please note that Human Resources is not responsible for any issues or delays caused by the internet connection, computer or browser used to submit the application.

All communications regarding the selection process will be via email . Applicants are encouraged to check their e-mails frequently to obtain any correspondence associated with this recruitment. Please be sure the email provided on this application is always current; it is your responsibility to update your personal information. Update your Spam, Junk, Bulk and Firewall settings as needed to ensure that you receive all information pertaining to this recruitment.

EEO/ADA: San Bernardino County is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliant employer, committed to providing equal employment opportunity to all employees and applicants.

ADA Accommodation: If you have a disability and require accommodations in the testing process, submit the Special Testing Accommodations Request Form within one week of a recruitment filing deadline.

Veterans' Preference: Eligible veterans and their spouse or widow(er) who are not current County employees may be awarded additional Veterans' Preference points. Click here for information and instructions to request Veteran's Preference points.

Please click HERE for important Applicant Information and the County Employment Process .

The Physical Agility Test (PAT) : Applicants successful on the online Written Exam may be invited to appear for a Physical Agility Test at the San Bernardino Sheriff's Academy. Applicants will be notified of dates and important information regarding the Physical Agility Test via email.

CLICK HERE to view the PAT video online!

Closing Date/Time: Continuous

Job Address

San Bernardino, California United States View Map