• Los Angeles, California
  • Sep 08, 2018
Full Time Public Safety
  • Salary: $66,759.84 - $104,795.28 Annually

Job Description



The filing period may be suspended AT ANY TIME without prior notice AND the examination may reopen as the needs of the service require.


Salary includes P.O.S.T. bonus
$5,563.32 - $7,708.00 (BPC) Monthly
$5,936.46 - $8,224.99 (IPC) Monthly
$6,117.03 - $8,475.16 (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


FILING TYPE: Open Continuous

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) prisoner and 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 prisoners and 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. 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 Department 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 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, aero, or international liaison initially require extensive training and technical skills. Incumbents are required to maintain proficiency and stay abreast of developments in their particular area of expertise.
Essential Job Functions
  • Testify in court
  • Make a forcible arrest
  • Search for and handle evidence/contraband
  • Use a firearm
  • Drivea County vehicle

All Assignments
  • 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.
  • Takes responsibility for and maintains all issued equipment and attends required training.
  • 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.

Correctional or Court Facility Assignments
  • Controls, monitors, and supervises inmate conduct and safety in court facilities, housing units, during meals, bathing, recreational activities, or work assignments. 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.
  • Maintains visual surveillance of inmates and facility.
  • 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; conducts preliminary investigations; gathers and maintains the chain of evidence; writes reports; and makes arrests as necessary.
  • Serves as a Superior Court bailiff by assisting the court in maintaining order and by providing security for prisoners and inmates in custody and for jurors.
  • Serves writs, notices or other process issued by superior courts.
  • Transports prisoners and inmates to and from court, correctional facilities, or other locations.

Patrol Station/Specialized Unit/Other Non-Custodial Assignments
  • Patrols designated area to enforce laws and prevent or suppress crime; responds to reports of suspected criminal activity or disturbance; makes preliminary investigations; gathers and maintains the chain of evidence; and makes arrests.
  • 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.
  • Conducts personnel background investigations and prepares reports of information obtained.
  • Guards and maintains the security and safety of prisoners.

May be assigned to perform specialized duties in assignments such as the following:
  • Exercises technical supervision over patrol, custody, detective, court services, and technical services personnel.
  • Plans and conducts law enforcement courses and seminars.
  • 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.

May be assigned to perform highly specialized duties in assignments such as the following:
  • Conducts complex major investigations in such areas as homicide, arson, and fraud, which require extensive technical knowledge and skill, and the ability to compile, analyze, interpret, and synthesize information.
  • Performs duties such as flying a helicopter and making mountain and underwater rescues requiring extensive training, skills, and certification or licensure.


U.S. citizen -OR- permanent resident alien who is eligible for, and has applied for citizenship.

For more information regarding citizenship requirements, please contact the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) at 1-800-375-5283 or visit their website at
Candidates will be required to submit a copy of their Citizenship diploma or paperwork showing they have applied for citizenship during the background process.


Currently employed as a paid full-time peace officer in a California Peace Officer Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.) certified law enforcement agency with two years of continuous paid peace officer experience at the time of filing.

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.

Must possess a California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.) basic, intermediate, or advanced certificate(s) at the time of filing .Candidates will be required to bring their agency issued badge and identificationon the day of their written test appointment. P.O.S.T certificates will be required during the background investigation.

A valid California class "C" driver license is required to perform job-related essential functions. Californiacandidates must possess a current, non-expired California class "C" or above driver license at the time of filing.

Successfulcandidatesfor this position will be required to submit a copy of their California driver
license during the background investigation. License must not be suspended, restricted, or revoked.Acandidate's driving record that shows three or more moving violations within the last year will not be appointed.

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.
Candidatesmust be in good general physical fitness and free from any medical conditions that would interfere with the satisfactory performance of the Deputy Sheriff position.

Although there are no minimum or maximum height requirements, the height-weight relationship of eachcandidate must either (1) fall within the ranges in the following table or (2) if thecandidate's height is not included on the table, be found to be acceptable after individual evaluation. Height measurements are conducted without shoes. Weight measurements are conducted without shoes and coat.Candidates whose height falls between any of the measurements shown on the table must meet the weight requirements of the lower height. Individuals who do not meet the standard shall have their body fat measured. Femalecandidates whose body fat is 33% or less may be qualified. Malecandidates whose body fat is 22% or less may be qualified.

5ft. 0in. 110 lbs. to 143 lbs. 5ft. 10in. 144 lbs. to 185 lbs.
5ft. 1in. 112 lbs. to 146 lbs. 5ft. 11in. 148 lbs. to 191 lbs.
5ft. 2in. 115 lbs. to 149 lbs. 6ft. 00in. 152 lbs. to 197 lbs.
5ft. 3in. 118 lbs. to 152 lbs. 6ft. 01in. 156 lbs. to 203 lbs.
5ft. 4in. 121 lbs. to 155 lbs. 6ft. 02in. 160 lbs. to 209 lbs.
5ft. 5in. 124 lbs. to 158 lbs. 6ft. 03in. 164 lbs. to 215 lbs.
5ft. 6in. 128 lbs. to 163 lbs. 6ft. 04in. 168 lbs. to 221 lbs.
5ft. 7in. 132 lbs. to 168 lbs. 6ft. 05in. 172 lbs. to 227 lbs.
5ft. 8in. 136 lbs. to 173 lbs. 6ft. 06in. 176 lbs. to 233 lbs.
5ft. 9in. 140 lbs. to 179 lbs. 6ft. 07in. 180 lbs. to 239 lbs.

5ft. 0in. 095 lbs. to 129 lbs. 5ft. 10in. 131 lbs. to 180 lbs.
5ft. 1in. 098 lbs. to 132 lbs. 5ft. 11in. 135 lbs. to 185 lbs.
5ft. 2in. 101 lbs. to 135 lbs. 6ft. 00in. 139 lbs. to 192 lbs.
5ft. 3in. 104 lbs. to 138 lbs. 6ft. 01in. 143 lbs. to 197 lbs.
5ft. 4in. 107 lbs. to 144 lbs. 6ft. 02in. 147 lbs. to 204 lbs.
5ft. 5in. 111 lbs. to 150 lbs. 6ft. 03in. 151 lbs. to 210 lbs.
5ft. 6in. 115 lbs. to 156 lbs. 6ft. 04in. 155 lbs. to 216 lbs.
5ft. 7in. 119 lbs. to 162 lbs. 6ft. 05in. 159 lbs. to 222 lbs.
5ft. 8in. 123 lbs. to 168 lbs. 6ft. 06in. 163 lbs. to 228 lbs.
5ft. 9in. 127 lbs. to 174 lbs. 6ft. 07in. 167 lbs. to 234 lbs.

(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 patrol or custody assignments.
  • work in any location within the County of Los Angeles.
  • injure and perhaps kill another person in defense of your 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 your 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.
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 Sheriff's Department website:

The Los Angeles County Department of Human Resources website:

The Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) Commission website:

The examination will consist of a paper and pencil or computer format test weighted 100%, assessing vocabulary, reading comprehension, writing clarity, spelling, grammar, deductive and inductive reasoning, and data interpretation. Candidates must achieve a passing score of 70% or higher onthe test in order to be placed on the eligible register. Candidates who fail the test may retake the test once everysix (6) months. The written test is not reviewable by candidates per Civil Service Rule 7.19.

ALL CORRESPONDENCE WILL BE SENT TO CANDIDATES VIA EMAIL. Candidates are responsible for providing a valid email address in their application that can receive emails from . 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:
  • lzyang

Applicants who have achieved a passing scorefrom the current Law Enforcement Job Family (LEJF) examinations will have their written test score automatically transferred to theLEJF positions for which they have applied. Please note, the written test score is valid for twenty-four (24) months.

Applications will be processed on an as received basis and candidates will be promulgated to the eligible register accordingly. All names on the register are eligible for appointment. No person on the eligible register may compete for this examination more than once every twenty-four(24) months. Successful candidates will remain on the register for a period of twenty-four(24) monthsfollowing the date of eligibility, unless they:
  • do not appear (DNA) to any scheduled background Structured Interview appointment.
  • withdraw or refuse the position at any time after the written test.
  • are disqualified during the background investigation.
  • are disqualified from the medical or psychological process.
  • do not pass Physical Ability Test.
  • do not pass the Structured Interview.
  • do not pass the background questions in the supplemental questionnaire (SQ).


The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department (Department) has a "zero tolerance" policy for its employeesfor 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.

Candidates who have participated in the examination process for any one of the LEJFpositions listed in the Score Transfer section of this bulletin, and who do not achieve a qualifying score, must waitsix (6) months after the date ofthe failed testto reapply for any of the LEJF examinations. Reapplying continuously will override the existinginformation andwill cause a delay in the processing of the most recent application. Only the most current application will be considered. Candidates in the hiring process who fail the SQ for any newly submitted application, will automatically be disqualified from all positions, for a minimum oftwelve (12)months.

Candidates will be giventhe opportunity to reschedule withinafour (4) month period from the date of their application.

The background questions inthe SQare utilized to ensure candidates meet the standards of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. Candidates who failany 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.

The Dual Track Career Path program was developed by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department to enhance continuity, stability, and accountability in the Los Angeles County correctional system and Patrol related functions. The Dual Track will allow sworn personnel to select, remain, and promote within their career path of choice: Custody, Patrol, or both.

When candidates complete the Deputy Sheriff Trainee employment application, they will be asked to select their career path. Candidates' career path selection at this time is not binding. The Department will do its best to accommodate the selected Career Path; however, upon graduation from the Sheriff's Academy, new deputies will be assigned accordingly dependent upon the needs of the Department. Once deputies complete their probationary period they will be afforded the opportunity to re-evaluate their career path selection again.

Deputies who select a career path in Custody can remain and promote within Custody Division, until they elect to change their career path. Deputies who select a career path in Patrol and become patrol certified can transfer and promote throughout the Department.

The hiring process, selection requirements, academy curriculum, and monthly entry-level salary will remain unchanged. Deputies who elect a career path in Patrol, become patrol certified, and complete the required number of years will be eligible to receive additional pay.


1. Application(including SQ)

2. Written Test

3. Structured Interview (SI)
4. Background Investigation

5. Medical and Psychological Evaluations

Candidates who pass the PhysicalAbility Test, will participate in a P.O.S.T.-mandated Structured Interview (SI). The SI evaluates the candidates' experience, problem solving ability, Department knowledge/interest, interpersonal skills, community involvement & awareness, and communication skills.

Candidates will be allowed one (1) opportunity to pass the SI. If a candidate doesnot pass the SI, the candidate must wait six(6)months before he/she can reapply.

Candidates will be given a Pre-Investigative Questionnaire that is to be completed and submitted on the day of their background intake appointment. Candidates will be asked questions regarding narcotics use, theft, arrest history, domestic violence, and driving history. Examples of disqualifying factors include but are not limited to: the failure to appear to scheduled appointments, felony convictions, job related misdemeanor convictions, certain serious traffic convictions or patterns, a 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 and upload the PHS electronically. 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 originaldocuments, and return all original documents to the candidates.

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 andwill be extended a conditionaloffer of employment prior tothe medicalor psychological evaluations.
  • Candidates who are disqualified from the background investigation will be ineligible to reapply for any Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department position for a period of twelve (12) months.
The psychological evaluation consists of a four (4) hour test. Once candidates have completed the test they will be scheduled for an appointment with a psychologist.
  • Candidates who do not pass the psychologicalevaluation will be ineligible to reapply for the position for aminimum of twelve (12) months.
The medical evaluationn assessesphysical ability, ensuring capability to participate in the demanding duties of the position.
  • Candidates who do not pass the medical evaluation will be in eligible to reapply for the position for aminimum of twelve (12) months.
All appointees must successfully complete the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department four (4) week transitional training.

The resulting eligible register will be used to fill vacancies in the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

Allcandidates are required to submit an onlineCounty of Los AngelesSheriff's Department employment application. All information, including the selection requirements (i.e., age, citizenship, education, and driver license)is subject to verification and your application may be rejectedat 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. Your applicationmust be submitted electronically by 5:00 pm (PST), on the last day of filing. Candidates will be asked to providerequired documents during the background process.



Applications can be completed on computers at public libraries throughout Los Angeles Countyfor thosecandidates who may not have regular access to a computer or the internet.

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

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

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