• Los Angeles, California
  • Mar 08, 2024
Full Time Public Safety
  • Salary: $45,573.84 - $61,370.16 Annually USD

Job Description

Position/Program Information


January 4, 2024 12:00 P.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 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.

Positions allocated to this class are non-peace officer positions assigned to provide security in and around County facilities and properties of public agencies contracting Sheriff Department security services. Positions in this class are distinguished from the lower level class of Security Assistant, Sheriff by the requirement to carry a firearm while in the performance of their duties and more extensive knowledge of departmental security techniques, policies and procedures, and the exercise of independent judgment in providing security at both County facilities and other public facilities as designated by the Sheriff. Incumbents must distinguish between circumstances in which counseling, admonition and explanation will serve to maintain a peaceful environment or where the intervention of law enforcement personnel is necessary, and respond to and/or report situations appropriately. Incumbents of this class serve a nine (9) month probationary period during which they receive training in the care and use of firearms, proper firearms safety procedures, and related training in Department regulations and legal limitations on the use of firearms or other forms of force under Section 831 of the Penal Code.

Essential Job Functions

  • Works a fixed post or tours the inner/outer perimeter of a facility or campus to detect or prevent individuals or groups from committing acts, which are injurious to others or to property within or around a facility.
  • Intervenes to terminate injurious acts, conducts searches of individuals for weapons, illegal devices, or contraband and detains individuals for further investigation or arrest where circumstances and conditions warrant such action.
  • Directs visitors to personnel and services within a facility.
  • Investigates questionable acts or behavior observed or reported on premises and questions witnesses and suspects to ascertain or verify facts.
  • Pursues, apprehends and detains persons observed injuring others or damaging property, and detains suspects pending transportation and booking by local law enforcement agency.
  • Participates, with sworn personnel, in securing facilities and conducting searches.
  • Intervenes on behalf of lower level security personnel and/or assists them in the absence of a supervisor or sworn personnel.
  • Ensures that only authorized employees, vendors or other appropriately identified persons are permitted access to closed or restricted areas and detains unidentified or unauthorized persons.
  • Responds to reports of ill or injured visitors or employees and notifies supervisors or other appropriate personnel if additional assistance is necessary.
  • Explains and interprets organizational procedures and practices to lower level security personnel.
  • Utilizes fixed and hand-held scanning devices to detect unauthorized weapons or devices.
  • Monitors alarm systems and electronic surveillance equipment and responds to locally activated fire, burglary or other alarms.
  • Relays reports of bomb threats to the appropriate law enforcement jurisdiction and participates in organized searches.
  • Reports safety hazards, malfunctioning equipment and other such matters to appropriate personnel.
  • Writes daily activity, incident and non-employee injury reports.
  • Operates miscellaneous equipment and/or motor vehicles including use of bicycles as required in the conduct of routine patrol or to report to alternate assignment posts in accordance with emergent staffing needs.
  • May issue non-moving citations for routine infractions such as parking violations.
  • Drives throughout Los Angeles County as needed.



Must be at least 18 years of age at the time of application.

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

Foreign transcripts must be evaluated by one of the approved organizations listed by the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) or the Association of International Credential Evaluators, Inc. (AICE) . These organizations are private enterprises who charge a fee for their services.

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.

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.

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

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.

Your application will remain active for three (3) months from the date of your application. You may reschedule the multiple-choice test within a three-month period from the date of your application. You must take the multiple-choice test before your application expires.

The Security Officer 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 from any of the LASD's LEJF examinations, the latest multiple-choice test score will be transferred to this position.

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 twelve (12) months following the date of eligibility, unless you:

  • do not appear (DNA) to any scheduled appointment.
  • 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 Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department has a "zero tolerance" policy for its employees for the use of narcotics, controlled substances, and/or prescription drugs 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. Multiple-Choice Test
3. Background Investigation
4. 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.

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 be emailed a link to complete a Personal History Statement (PHS) and will be required to 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.
Successful completion of the mandatory five-week long LASD sponsored in-service training program is required prior to final appointment.

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, driver license, and education) 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 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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