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 creates a profile before the filing start date.

Salary includes P.O.S.T., patrol, and longevity bonuses.

$6,486.39 - $10,306.81 (BPC) Monthly
$6,683.68 - $10,620.31 (IPC) Monthly
$6,886.97 - $10,943.34 (APC) Monthly

The seventh step of the Deputy Sheriff pay scale shall be authorized after:
1) completion of one year on the sixth step
2) successful completion of Custody and Patrol training programs
3) completion of Custody and Patrol assignments with competent performance ratings and evaluations


As a full-time, sworn, peace officer, performs general law enforcement duties to protect life and property and to preserve law and order.


Positions allocable to this class work under the technical and administrative supervision of a Sergeant or higher - level peace officer. Some positions report to civilian managers who provide administrative supervision. Incumbents are assigned to fixed posts or designated patrol areas throughout the unincorporated area of the County and in contract cities and perform either: (1) inmate custody work at a correctional facility; security and support services at a court facility; or (2) law enforcement work at a Sheriff's patrol station, specialized unit, or other non-custodial assignment. Incumbents perform progressively responsible and diverse law enforcement duties such as supervising, observing, guarding, and transporting inmates; serving civil and criminal process; securing and maintaining order within courtrooms; patrolling an assigned area in a patrol car; investigating, preventing and suppressing crime; and apprehending public offenders. Incumbents may rotate through a variety of job assignments along planned career development lines to broaden skill and expertise in general law enforcement work and enable prompt deployment of trained personnel in response to the changing needs and priorities of the community. Incumbents perform community-based policing, interact with community residents, and engage in collaborative problem solving. Positions in this class must exercise a working knowledge of law enforcement such as penal, evidence and vehicle codes; criminal investigation; patrol and custody procedures; juvenile laws; administration of justice; and community-law enforcement relations. Incumbents in these assignments must independently exercise judgment in interpreting and applying departmentally-approved methods in emergency situations involving danger to life and property.

Also allocable to this class are positions performing specialized and highly specialized law enforcement assignments. Positions performing specialized assignments such as a lead deputy, training officer, watch deputy, polygraph examiner, investigator, etc., are required to exercise a complete knowledge of the functions and responsibilities of their assigned unit, with sufficient ability to impart this knowledge to others. Specialized assignments, such as media or international liaison, are highly sensitive requiring incumbents to possess a thorough knowledge of the department's organization and operational policies and procedures as well as the ability to communicate effectively with a wide variety of individuals and groups. Highly specialized assignments such as commercial crimes, major crimes, homicide, emergency services, arson, or aero initially require extensive training and technical skill. Incumbents are required to maintain proficiency and stay abreast of developments in their particular area of expertise.


  • 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 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 process.

Must be employed as full-time peace officer in 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 at the time of application.

Full-time experience is defined as a 40-hour work week. Continuous experience is defined as full-time experience gained within two years from date of application.

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.

Successful applicants will be required to submit a copy of their California 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 possess a P.O.S.T. Basic, Intermediate, or Advanced certificate(s) at the time of application.

  1. A legible copy of the applicant's valid P.O.S.T. Basic, Intermediate, or Advanced certificate AND
  2. A legible copy of the applicant's P.O.S.T. profile report must be attached with the application at the time of application. Documentation may be accepted via e-mail.

Incumbents must possess and maintain a current and valid P.O.S.T certification.

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, 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 applicant'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 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.

This is a non-competitive examination. This examination is intended to merely qualify applicants.

Applications will be processed on an as received basis and candidates will be promulgated to the eligible register accordingly. Successful candidates will remain on the register for a period of twenty-four (24) months following the date of eligibility, unless they:

  • do not pass the Validated Physical Ability Test.
  • do not appear (DNA) to any scheduled structured 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 after being placed on the eligible register.

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 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 applicant's 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 after the date of the 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 Department determines that one or more components have expired prior to hire, the candidate will be required to complete the expired component(s) again.

Candidates who are placed on the eligible register 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 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.

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, and driver license) is subject to verification and your 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. Your application must be submitted electronically by 5:00 pm (PT), on the last day of filing. 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, or 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.