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Deputy Sheriff Trainee Recruitment Process

Sheriff Human Resources screens all applications and supplemental information to identify qualified candidates. After screening, the more qualified candidates will be referred to the next step in the recruitment process.

Application: Interested applicants will submit their applications online.

Written Exam: (Pass/Fail): Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications will be invited to the written exam via email. The written exam consists of job-related, multiple choice questions.

Study Guides:

  • Learning Express Police Officer Exam (California Edition)
  • Norman Hall's Police Exam (California Edition)

Physical Agility Test (Pass/Fail): A physical agility test will be given on the same day to those who are referred from the pre-investigative interview. The physical agility test consists of three components. Applicants must be dressed in physical training attire to participate. Applicants who pass the physical agility test will be referred to the oral panel interview, commencing the following weeks.

  • 30 Sit-Ups: Complete 30 sit-ups within 2 minutes.
  • 30 Push-Ups: Complete 30 push-ups within 2 minutes.
  • 1.5 Mile Run: Complete one and a half (1.5) miles on a flat surface within 14 minutes

Pre-Investigative Interview (Refer/Non-Refer): Applicants who pass the written exam will be administered a pre-investigative interview. This step will immediately follow the written exam.

Oral Panel Interview (Refer/Non-Refer): Candidates will be interviewed and rated by a panel comprised of subject matter experts and civilian personnel. Each candidate's rating will be based on responses to a series of structured questions designed to elicit the candidate's qualifications for the position. Those who score high enough on the oral panel interview will be scheduled for a background interview with a Background Investigator.

Background Investigation: Will include employment history, personal references, criminal history, credit history, a polygraph examination, medical examination, drug urinalysis test, and a written and oral psychological examination.