Job Openings Reserve Deputy Sheriff-Entry Level

About the job Reserve Deputy Sheriff-Entry Level



REPOSTING INFORMATION: This announcement is being reposted to modify the classification standards, selection requirements, and vision sections as of 10/14/2022. Applicants who have already applied need not reapply.

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.

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 each applicant create a profile before the application start date.


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


FILING TYPE: Open Continuous


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.

Incumbents who successfully complete the Sheriff's Training Academy and are appointed to the Reserve Deputy Sheriff (#9308) classification must possess and maintain a current and valid P.O.S.T. certification.


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

Essential Job Functions

Incumbents 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 20½ years of age at time of application and 21 years of age by the LASD Reserve Deputy Sheriff academy graduation.

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

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.

A valid California class "C" driver license is required to perform job-related essential functions. Applicants must 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 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.

Applicants must be in good general physical condition, and free from any medical condition that would interfere with the satisfactory performance of the position.

(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 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 on 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 multiple choice test weighted 100%, assessing writing clarity, vocabulary, spelling, writing grammar, reading comprehension, deductive and inductive reasoning, and data interpretation. Applicants must achieve a passing score of 70% or higher on the multiple choice test to be placed on the candidate list. Applicants who fail the test may retake the 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: (Download PDF reader)

Applicants who have participated in the examination process for any one of the Law Enforcement Job Family (LEJF) positions and who do not achieve a qualifying score, must wait three (3) months after the date of the failed test to reapply for any of the LEJF examinations. 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.

Applicants will be given the opportunity to reschedule the multiple choice test within a three (3) month period from the date of their application.

The RDS-Entry Level multiple choice test score is valid for twenty-four (24) months.

Applicants who meet the selection requirements for this position and achieved a qualifying score from one of the following LEJF examinations: Deputy Sheriff Trainee #J2707Y; or RDS #J9308H and RDS-Entry Level #J9308I will have their multiple choice test score transferred to the LEJF position(s) for which they have applied.

Applications will be processed on an as received basis and candidates will be placed on the candidate list accordingly. Successful candidates will be eligible to continue with the hiring process unless they:

  • 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 candidates that 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 applicants 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:

Applicants 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 the applicants' 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.


All County workforce members must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment. Successful candidates for this position will be required to submit proof of vaccination against COVID-19 or request an exemption for qualifying medical or religious reasons during the onboarding process. Candidates should not present proof of vaccination until instructed to do so by the hiring department.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department (Department) 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 applicants meet the standards of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. Applicants who fail any background question(s) will be disqualified from all Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department examinations for which they applied, and 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 Department determines that one or more components have expired prior to hire, the candidate 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.

Candidates who pass the multiple choice test will proceed to the VPAT.

The VPAT evaluates candidates' 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. Candidates must pass the VPAT to start the background investigation.

Candidates 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.

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

Candidates are strongly encouraged to work out and be in good physical condition. Candidates who pass the VPAT 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 candidates in the hiring process.

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

Candidates 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.

Candidates will be required to complete a P.O.S.T. mandated Personal History Statement (PHS). Candidates will receive emails from the Department's electronic case management system, E-Hire, with instructions on how to complete the PHS. Candidates are required to submit specific documents (i.e., driver license, social security card, birth/marriage certificate(s) etc.). It is the candidates' responsibility to bring both original documents and copies to their background intake appointment. Department 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. Candidates who complete the background investigation may be selected for the position and will be extended a conditional offer of employment prior to the psychological and medical evaluations.

  • Candidates who are disqualified from the background investigation may be ineligible to reapply for any Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department 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.

  • Candidates who do not pass the psychological evaluation 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.

  • Candidates who do not pass the medical evaluation will be ineligible to reapply for the position for a minimum of twelve (12) months.

The Sheriff's Academy is a training program and is approved by the California Department of Corrections and the California Commission on P.O.S.T. Classes are conducted two evenings a week and some weekends and holidays. The Academy days 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.

All applicants 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 their application may be rejected at any time during the selection process. The acceptance of their application depends on whether they have clearly shown that they 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. Applicants will be asked to provide required documents during the background process.

To ensure applicants 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 for those applicants who may not have regular access to a computer or the internet. Information about library reopening's may be found at Library Reopening LA County Library.

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

All applicants must include their social security number for record control purposes. Federal law requires that all employed persons have a social security number.