Reserve Deputy Sheriff-Lateral

  • Los Angeles, California
  • Aug 29, 2023
Temporary Public Safety
  • Salary: See Position Description USD

Job Description

Position/Program Information


The voluntary Reserve Deputy Sheriff-Lateral (RDS-Lateral) position receives monetary compensation of $1.00 annually for the performance of their duties.


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







Open Continuous

The application filing period will be open continuous, but may be suspended AT ANY TIME without prior notice AND the examination may reopen as the needs of the service require. It 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.


The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department - Reserve Forces Detail is encompassed by community members who volunteer their time and energy to fulfill many of the roles which are traditionally handled by full-time, Deputy Sheriffs. Our Reserve Deputy Sheriffs undergo the same hiring standards as full-time Deputies and work alongside them in support of every aspect of the Department operations.

A volunteer organization of individuals who are utilized to supplement the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department's law enforcement manpower. Like full-time deputies, reserve deputies are professionally trained and duly sworn law enforcement personnel. In most cases, reserves are assigned to the same duties as full-time deputies. Reserve Deputies are required by law to meet the same hiring, background, medical and psychological standards as full-time deputies. Most reserve deputies are available to work in virtually all aspects of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. After becoming field qualified, a Level 1 reserve deputy can work patrol alone or with a partner and has peace officer status.

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

Essential Job Functions
Reserve 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 21 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.

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

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.

Must be a reserve peace officer at a California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.) certified law enforcement agency with two years of continuous peace officer experience OR an active full-time peace officer at a California P.O.S.T. certified law enforcement agency with two years of continuous peace officer experience at the time of application.

Must possess a P.O.S.T. Level I or Level II Reserve status OR have active Peace Officer status with a P.O.S.T. Basic, Intermediate, or Advanced certificate(s) at the time of application.

A Level I Reserve refers to a trained reserve officer as described in Penal Code section 832.6 (a)(1), and who is assigned specific police functions whether or not working alone [830.6(a)(1)] OR to the prevention and detection of crime and the general enforcement of the laws of this state [830.6(a)(2)] whether or not working alone. A Level II Reserve refers to a trained reserve officer as described in Penal Code section 832.6(a)(2), who works under the immediate supervision of a peace officer who has completed the basic training course for deputy sheriffs and police officers prescribed by the Commission, and is assigned to the prevention and detection of crime and the general enforcement of the laws of this State.

Incumbents must possess and maintain a current and valid Basic Certificate from POST.

Must attach a legible copy of current P.O.S.T. Profile Report at the time of application. Instructions for obtaining a P.O.S.T Profile can be found at this link

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, and 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 candidate'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 with people of any race or ethnic group.
  • work assignments with co-workers of the opposite sex.
  • injure and perhaps kill another person in defense of their life or the life of others.
  • 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.
This is a non-competitive examination. This examination is intended to merely qualify applicants.

Applications will be processed on an as received basis and a pplicant s will be placed on the candidate list accordingly. If you are successful, you will be eligible to continue with the hiring process 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.
All applicants who successfully complete the hiring process may be considered to fill voluntary positions in the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

All correspondence will be sent to the email address provided on the 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 will have to wait a minimum of twelve (12) months from the date of disqualification to reapply.

1. Application (including SQ)
2. Validated Physical Ability Test (VPAT)
3. Structured Interview
4. Background Investigation
5. 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.

Reserve Deputy Sheriffs interested in becoming Deputy Sheriffs will be required to apply and meet the selection requirements for the Deputy Sheriff Trainee position.

If you are placed on the candidate list, 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 the candidate's initial scheduled VPAT appointment.

If you do not pass the VPAT within the six (6) months, then 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. After passing the VPAT, you should continue to work out to meet the physical demands of the academy. The LASD offers Pre-Academy Workouts for candidates in the hiring process.

If you pass the VPAT, then 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 LASD's electronic case management system, E-Hire, with instructions on how to complete the r equired 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 candidates have completed the test they 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.
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, license, and experience ) 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 they use a desktop or laptop to apply using the most up-to-date version of Google Chrome, Internet Explorer 11, 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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