To apply for a Deputy Sheriff Trainee position, the following is required:

  • Be at least 19.5 years old to apply / 20 years old at appointment
  • A U.S. citizen or eligible resident alien awaiting citizenship application decision
  • A U.S. High school graduate or GED, or passed a U.S. high school proficiency test
  • Valid Class C driver’s license (Out-of-state applicants can use a valid license from their home state while filing, but will need a valid California Class C license at the time of hire)
  • Be in good physical condition and free from any medical conditions that would interfere with the responsibilities of a Deputy Sheriff
  • Have at least 20/70 vision in each eye, correctable to 20/30 with only minor color impairment
  • No major hearing impairment (no more than 25 db loss in the better ear and 35 db loss in weaker ear)
  • No felony convictions or currently on probation; misdemeanors may be disqualifying, depending on the number, type of violation, and date of the violation
  • IV – Arduous Physical Class (Must be able to lift 25 lbs while bending, twisting or working on irregular surfaces and may require extraordinary physical exertion)


Additionally, a successful candidate will have these attributes to become a Deputy Sheriff:

  • Possess and demonstrate integrity
  • Demonstrated ability to use good judgment and problem solving
  • Capacity for empathy and compassion
  • Capacity to multi-task
  • Ability to demonstrate courage and to take responsibility
  • Ability to be resourceful and show initiative
  • Demonstrating assertiveness
  • Capacity for engaging in teamwork and ability to collaborate



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