• Los Angeles, California
  • Aug 29, 2023
Full Time Public Safety
  • Salary: $76,993.20 - $95,649.84 Annually USD

Job Description

Position/Program Information


April, 3 2023 8:00 A.M. (PT)




Open Competitive Job Opportunity


Open Continuous

The application filing period will be open continuous, but may be suspended AT ANY TIME without prior notice AND this examination may reopen as the needs of the service require. I t is recommended that you complete your application using a desktop or laptop to apply with the most up-to-date version of Google Chrome, Internet Explorer 11, or Microsoft Edge.

Note that the system also requires email verification for each new email address, which may result in delays in submitting an application. It is recommended that you create a profile before the application start date.

Applicants who hold one of the following degrees from an accredited college or university may be eligible to receive the following base pay at the time of hire:

AA/AS: $6,773.46 Monthly
BA/BS: $7,150.82 Monthly

Upon graduation from the academy, applicants appointed to the position of Deputy Sheriff will receive a Basic Post Certificate (BPC) bonus.

HS Diploma: $6,846.44 Monthly
AA/AS: $7,227.77 Monthly
BA/BS: $7,630.44 Monthly

Positions in this non-sworn Deputy Sheriff Trainee (DST) classification are characterized by participation in a formal law enforcement training program involving both classroom and practical instruction in subjects such as criminal law, evidence and investigation, patrol and traffic procedures, administration of justice, police/community relations and jail custody and operations. Incumbents must possess the ability to assimilate classroom instructions covering a wide variety of academic and technical subjects as well as physical skill and coordination to become proficient in firearm and weaponless defense techniques. The program is approved by the California Department of Corrections and the California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.).

Incumbents who successfully complete the Sheriff's Training Academy and are appointed to the Deputy Sheriff (#2708) classification must possess and maintain a current and valid Basic Certificate from the State of California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST). Peace officers on probation must possess and maintain a Proof of Eligibility (POE) issued by POST.


  • Testify in court
  • Make a forcible arrest
  • Search for and handle evidence/contraband
  • Use a firearm
  • Drive a County vehicle

Essential Job Functions
Deputy Sheriffs in all assignments are responsible for performing the following duties:

  • Takes action, as deemed appropriate and within the guidelines of the law and departmental policy, in response to any public offense committed to which there is immediate danger to person or property or of the escape of the perpetrator of such offense whether on or off duty.
  • Performs law enforcement administrative and operational duties such as writing reports, maintaining logs and other records.
  • Maintains current knowledge of policies and procedures resulting from changes in laws or other legal mandates affecting functional area of assignment.
  • Takes responsibility for and maintains all equipment, including weapons, ammunition, and other specialized law enforcement equipment; attends required training; and maintains proficiency in all issued equipment.
  • Responds to emergent situations such as natural disasters, civil unrest, or other tactical situations to protect lives and prevent criminal acts.
  • Appears in court to testify in legal proceedings.
  • Performs collateral duties as assigned.
  • Performs community-based policing, interacts with community residents and engages in collaborative problem solving.

  • Controls, monitors, and supervises inmate conduct in housing units during meals, bathing, recreational activities, or work assignments according to established policies, regulations, and procedures to prevent escapes, injuries, or violence.
  • Interprets and enforces correctional rules and regulations, such as California Code of Regulations , Minimum Standards for Local Detention Facilities, Title XV.
  • Searches inmates, including performing clothed and unclothed body searches, and inspects housing units for contraband such as weapons or drugs to maintain the security and safety of inmates.
  • Monitors movement and maintains security and safety of sentenced and pre-sentenced inmates within a correctional or court facility.
  • Transports inmates to hospitals as needed for medical treatment and provides security as needed.
  • Maintains visual surveillance of inmates and facilities according to departmental policy and established schedule through direct observation and the use of video equipment.
  • Responds to inmate disturbances or emergencies and takes action to control the situation in accordance with legal guidelines, training, and established departmental policies and procedures.
  • Conducts, records, and reports inmate count during shift to ensure all inmates are present and that accurate documentation is maintained.
  • Responds to incidents of suspected criminal activity within a facility such as physical assaults; conducts preliminary investigations; gathers and maintains the chain of evidence; writes reports; and makes arrests as necessary.
  • Provides jail orientation and responds to questions, concerns, and requests from inmates.
  • Oversees and monitors access to attorney rooms, visiting areas, and other controlled locations.
  • Serves as a Superior Court bailiff by assisting the court in maintaining order and by providing security for inmates in custody and for jurors.
  • Serves all writs, notices or other processes issued by superior courts in the manner prescribed by law.
  • Transports sentenced and pre-sentenced inmates to and from courts, correctional facilities, or other locations.

  • Patrols designated area in a patrol car to enforce laws and prevent or suppress crime; responds to reports of suspected criminal activity or disturbance such as physical assault, rape, homicide or burglary; makes preliminary investigations; gathers and maintains the chain of evidence; and makes arrests as warranted.
  • Responds to requests for service from the public regarding suspected criminal activities such as those involving juveniles, narcotics, vice, license violations, or nuisance complaints, and initiates the investigation of incidents.
  • Responds to locations of traffic accidents to assist victims; takes control to maintain traffic flow; obtains evidence and interviews suspects, witnesses, and victims; documents findings in a written report, and issues citations or makes arrests as warranted.
  • Transports inmates to or from courts, stations, emergency medical facilities or other correctional facilities.
  • Conducts personnel background investigations by interviewing employers, neighbors, personal references, and family members and prepares reports of significant information obtained.
  • Guards and maintains the security and safety of sentenced and pre-sentenced inmates by enforcing detention policies and procedures in station jails.

  • Exercises technical supervision over other line personnel, including but not limited to patrol, custody, detective, court services, and technical services.
  • Plans and conducts law enforcement courses and seminars including classroom instruction and practical demonstration; tests and evaluates participants' knowledge and performance.
  • Exercises technical supervision over field training activities in various patrol procedures and techniques such as report writing, vehicle pullover and approach, traffic control, arrest, and search and seizure.
  • Coordinates operational activities such as scheduling patrol units and resolving community concerns and incoming calls for service at a Sheriff's patrol station.
  • Conducts polygraph investigations of suspects, victims, or witnesses to determine the validity of their statements; conducts polygraph examinations of applicants for Deputy Sheriff.
  • Serves as a detective in a specialized investigative unit such as burglary, juvenile gang, child abuse, forgery, commercial crimes, vice, or narcotics, with responsibility for investigating crimes, identifying and apprehending criminals, and assisting in the prosecution of court cases.

  • Conducts complex major investigations in such areas as homicide, arson, and fraud, requiring extensive technical knowledge and skill, and the ability to compile, analyze, interpret, and synthesize massive amounts of information.
  • Performs duties such as flying a helicopter and making mountain and underwater rescues requiring extensive training, skills, and certification or licensure.


Must be at least 19 ½ years of age at the time of application.

Must be legally authorized to work in the United States under federal law. Applicants will be required to submit their documents during the background investigation.

Graduation from a U.S. high school or evidence of equivalent U.S. high school proficiency or higher education. Evidence of equivalent high school proficiency includes having successfully passed the GED, TASC, HiSET, or CHSPE.

In accordance with the provisions of California Government Code Section 1031 (e), accredited high schools are those accredited by certifying organizations recognized by the United States Department of Education and include accredited public and non-public high schools in the United States and accredited United States Department of Defense high schools.

Successful applicants will be required to submit sealed transcripts and/or other education documents during the background investigation.

A valid California Class "C" driver license is required to perform job-related essential functions. M ust possess a current, non-expired California Class "C" driver license or above at the time of application.

Out-of-state applicants must have a valid driver license from the state in which they reside at the time of application and will be required to obtain a California Class "C" driver license or above by the time of appointment.

Successful applicants will be required to submit a copy of their valid driver license during the background investigation. License must not be suspended, restricted, or revoked. An applicant's driving record within the past 36 months will be evaluated.

4 - Arduous
Involves frequent heavy lifting over 25 pounds, often combined with bending, twisting, or working on irregular surfaces; and occasionally requires extraordinary physical activity.

Must be in good general physical condition, free from any medical condition that would interfere with the satisfactory performance of the essential duties of this classification.

(1) Acuity - At least 20/70 in each eye without correction, correctable to 20/30 in each eye.
Successful soft contact lens wearers are not required to meet the uncorrected standard as long as their corrected vision is 20/30 in each eye.
(2) Color perception - Anything other than minor hue impairment is disqualifying.

There may be no greater than a 25 dB loss in the better ear as averaged over the test frequencies of 500, 1000, 2000, and 3000 Hz. There may not be a peak loss at any of the test frequencies greater than:

30 dB at 500 Hz
30 dB at 1000 Hz
40 dB at 2000 Hz
40 dB at 3000 Hz

There may be no greater than a 35 dB loss in the worst ear as averaged over the test frequencies, and no peak loss greater than 45 dB at any of the test frequencies. In the case of a questionable, unusual, or borderline hearing loss, the applicant's record may be reviewed by the Occupational Health Program's Service Consultant for final determination of qualifications.
Additional Information
The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department (LASD) operates seven days a week, 24-hours a day, and has locations throughout the greater Los Angeles County. Appointees must be willing to:

  • work any shift.
  • work overtime and consecutive shifts.
  • work any day of the year.
  • work with people of any race or ethnic group.
  • work assignments with co-workers of the opposite sex.
  • work in any location within the County of Los Angeles.
  • injure and perhaps kill another person in defense of their life or the life of others.
  • have split or varied days off.
  • work assignments where there is risk of being injured in the performance of their duties.
  • deal with people who are hostile, irrational, emotionally distraught, or mentally ill.
  • deal with volatile or life-threatening situations.
  • make appropriate split-second decisions in emergent, highly stressful situations.
  • work independently and as a partner or team member with a variety of individuals.
The examination will consist of a computer based multiple-choice test weighted 100%, assessing writing clarity, vocabulary, spelling, writing grammar, reading comprehension, deductive and inductive reasoning, and data interpretation. You must achieve a passing score of 70% or higher on the multiple-choice test to be placed on the eligible register. If you fail the test you may retake the multiple-choice test once every three (3) months. The multiple-choice test is not reviewable by applicants per Civil Service Rule 7.19.

There are websites available that have practice tests to help in the preparation of this examination. They are only guides and do not guarantee success in the examination. These sample tests are located at the following sites:

The Los Angeles County Department of Human Resources website:

The Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) Commission website:

If you have participated in the examination process for any one of the LASD's Law Enforcement Job Family (LEJF) positions and did not achieve a qualifying score, you must wait three (3) months after the date of the test to reapply. Reapplying continuously will override the existing information and will cause a delay in the processing of the most recent application. Only the most current application will be considered.

You may be given the opportunity to reschedule the multiple-choice test within a three-month period from the date of your application.

The Deputy Sheriff Trainee multiple-choice test score is valid for twenty-four (24) months.

If you meet the selection requirements for this position and achieved a qualifying score within the last 24 months from any of the LASD's LEJF examinations, your multiple-choice test score will be transferred to the LEJF position(s) for which you have applied.

Applications will be processed on an as received basis and eligible applicants will be placed on the eligible register accordingly. If you are successful, your name will remain on the eligible register for a period of twenty-four (24) months following the date of eligibility, unless you:

  • do not pass the Validated Physical Ability Test.
  • do not appear (DNA) to any scheduled interview appointment.
  • do not pass the structured interview.
  • do not appear (DNA) to any scheduled background investigation appointment.
  • are disqualified during the background investigation.
  • are disqualified from the medical or psychological evaluation.
  • withdraw or refuse the position at any time after the multiple-choice test.
The resulting eligible register will be used to fill vacancies in the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

All correspondence will be sent to the email address provided on your application. It is important that you provide a valid email address. Please add the following email addresses to your email address book and list of approved senders to prevent email notifications from being filtered as spam/junk/clutter mail:
You have the ability to opt out of emails from LA County. If you unsubscribe, you will not receive any email notification for any examination for which you apply with Los Angeles County. Regardless of whether you choose to unsubscribe, you can always check for notifications by logging into and viewing your profile inbox, which saves a copy of all emailed notices. It is your responsibility to take the above steps to view correspondence. Los Angeles County will not consider claims of not viewing or receiving notifications to be a valid reason for a late test administration or re-scheduling.


The LASD has a "zero tolerance" policy for its employees for the following:

  • use of narcotics, controlled substances, and/or prescription drugs without a prescription.
  • use of marijuana with or without a prescription.
Any employee found in violation of this policy will be subject to discharge.

The background questions in the Supplemental Questionnaire (SQ) are utilized to ensure you meet the standards of the LASD. If you fail any background question(s) you may be disqualified from all LEJF examinations for which you have applied, and you will have to wait a minimum of twelve (12) months from the date of the disqualification to reapply.

1. Application (including SQ)
2. Multiple-Choice Test
3. Validated Physical Ability Test (VPAT)
4. Structured Interview
5. Background Investigation
6. Psychological and Medical Evaluations

If during the hiring process, the LASD determines that one or more components have expired prior to hire, you will be required to complete the expired component(s) again.

If you pass the multiple-choice test you will proceed to the VPAT.

The VPAT evaluates your baseline physical fitness level, relative to the physical demands of the Sheriff's Academy and is comprised of four tests: push-ups, 75-yard run, sit-ups, and 20 meter shuttle run test. You must pass the VPAT to start the background investigation.

You will have three (3) opportunities to pass the VPAT within a six (6) month period from the date of your initial scheduled VPAT appointment.

If you do not pass the VPAT within the six (6) months, you must wait three (3) months from the date of the last VPAT failure to reapply for this position.

You are strongly encouraged to work out and be in good physical condition. If you pass the VPAT, you should continue to work out to meet the physical demands of the academy. The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department offers Pre-Academy Workouts for applicants in the hiring process.

If you pass the VPAT, you will participate in a P.O.S.T. mandated structured interview (SI). The SI evaluates your experience, problem solving, interest/motivation, interpersonal skills, community involvement/awareness, and communication skills. If you do not pass the SI, you must wait three (3) months to reapply.

You will be required to complete a Pre-Investigative Questionnaire that will consist of questions regarding narcotics use, theft, arrest history, domestic violence, and driving history. Examples of disqualifying factors include but are not limited to: failure to appear to scheduled appointments, felony convictions, job related misdemeanor convictions, certain serious traffic convictions or patterns, suspended license, driving under the influence, poor credit or employment history, substance abuse, and active criminal probation.

You will receive emails from the Department's electronic case management system, E-Hire, with instructions on how to complete the required Personal History Statement (PHS) and submit specific documents (i.e., driver license, social security card, birth/marriage certificate(s) etc.). It is your responsibility to bring both original documents and copies to your background intake appointment. LASD representatives will verify the copies against the original documents and return all original documents.

A thorough background investigation will be conducted which includes, but is not limited to; discrepancy interviews, a Live Scan (fingerprint search), polygraph examination, law enforcement agency checks, and residence/employment checks. If you complete the background investigation, you may be selected for the position and will be extended a conditional offer of employment prior to the psychological and medical evaluations .

  • If you are disqualified from the background investigation, you may be ineligible to reapply for any LASD position(s) for a minimum of twelve (12) months.
The psychological evaluation consists of a four (4) hour test. Once you have completed the test you will meet with a psychologist.

  • If you do not pass the psychological evaluation, you will be ineligible to reapply for the position for a minimum of twelve (12) months.
The medical evaluation assesses physical ability, ensuring capability to participate in the demanding duties of the position.

  • If you do not pass the medical evaluation, you will be ineligible to reapply for the position for a minimum of twelve (12) months.
The Sheriff's Academy is a twenty-two week long training program and is approved by the California Department of Corrections and the California Commission on P.O.S.T. Classes are conducted Monday through Friday and some weekends and holidays. The Academy days are generally eight and one-half hours long and may be conducted in shifts. Recruits generally spend additional time outside of class preparing for class and studying for exams. Recruits in the Sheriff's Academy will participate in classroom and scenario-based training, which will include: the interpretation and application of laws, report writing, radio operations, first aid and CPR, defensive tactics, handcuffing and searching techniques, use of the baton, the safe handling, care, and use of firearms, emergency vehicle operations, and Department regulations and laws regarding the use of force and firearms. Throughout the academy program, recruits will also participate in regular physical training. Knowledge, skill and task competence will be assessed. Academy success will be determined through multiple-choice, and true/false tests, role playing exercises and performance, physical ability, and work sample tests.

You are required to submit an online County of Los Angeles Sheriff's Department employment application. All information, including the selection requirements (i.e., age, citizenship, education, and driver license) is subject to verification and your application may be rejected at any time during the selection process. The acceptance of your application depends on whether you have clearly shown that you meet the selection requirements.

To apply for this examination, click on the "Apply" button located on the top right corner of the screen. Applications must be submitted electronically by 5:00 pm (PT), on the last day of the application filing period. You will be asked to provide required documents during the background investigation.

To ensure you have the best experience possible, it is recommended that you use a desktop or laptop to apply using the most up-to-date version of Google Chrome, Internet Explorer 11, or Microsoft Edge.

Applications can be completed on computers at public libraries throughout Los Angeles County if you do not have regular access to a computer or the internet. Information about library reopening's may be found at Library Reopening - LA County Library .

You must file your application online using your own user ID and password. Using a family member's or a friend's user ID and password may erase your original application record, and may result in a rejection of your application.

You must include your social security number for record control purposes. Federal law requires that all employed persons have a social security number.

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