Deputy Sheriff

Kern County
Full Time $5,973 - $7,138 Per year CA 1350 Norris Rd, Bakersfield, CA 93308, United States


This is a continuous recruitment and may close at any time without notice. Please ensure ALL applicable certificates are attached to your application. If you are unable to attach the certificates to your application, you may e-mail them to Nesrine Annan at . 

*$25,000 Recruitment Bonus - More information below*  Examinations: 

Appraisal (Weight 100%):  Will be conducted for the purpose of evaluating the applicant's training, education, experience, interest and personal fitness for the position. Appraisal can be based on any combination of the following: Investigation, oral exam and rating of the application.

Minimum Qualifications / Employment Standards: 
  • Possession of a valid California Class C Driver's License at the time of appointment. Specialized licenses required for some assignments.
  • High School Diploma, G.E.D. or equivalent AND successful graduation from a California P.O.S.T. approved Police or Sheriff's Academy (Basic Peace Officer Course); or possession of a Basic or higher P.O.S.T. Certificate.

Applicants must attain at least a 70% score on each phase of the examination process.

In accordance with Government Code Section 1031 to be appointed as a peace officer in California, incumbents must be legally authorized to work in the United States under federal law. 

Physical and Psychological Requirements: Applicants must be found to be free from any physical, emotional, or mental condition, including bias against race or ethnicity, gender, nationality, religion, disability, or sexual orientation, that might adversely affect the exercise of the powers of a peace officer.

Physical Examination: A rigid medical examination by a county physician is required. Includes spine and chest x-rays, blood chemistry and electro cardiograph test. Weight must be proportionate to height and age. 

Psychological Examination: Emotional and mental conditions shall be evaluated by a psychologist that meets the applicable education and training requirements as set forth by the Commission of Peace Officer Standards and Training Evaluation is designed for the conduct of pre-employment psychological screening of peace officers. 

Vision: 20/100 uncorrected in each eye (corrected to 20/20) - no color deficiency. No permanent or progressive abnormalities. 

Hearing: No hearing deficiency. 

Minimum Age:  21 years of age by the final filing date.

Character:  A thorough background investigation, including fingerprinting is required. Applicants must have a reputation for honesty, trustworthiness and be of good moral character, as determined by a thorough background investigation. Felony law violations will be disqualifying and except for a limited number of minor traffic offenses, misdemeanor offenses may be disqualifying. 

Background / Pre-employment Polygraph Examination / Psychological Evaluation (Qualifying Only):  The background evaluation will include a pre-employment polygraph examination and psychological evaluation and will assess overall suitability for employment only as a Kern County Deputy Sheriff.  This evaluation may not indicate present suitability for other law enforcement positions or future suitability as a Kern County Deputy Sheriff.  Candidates must be found satisfactory in all respects on the Background Evaluation. Candidates determined to be unsuitable on this evaluation, or who have previously been found unsuitable, must wait a minimum of twelve months before they may reapply for this classification. Additionally, those found unsatisfactory as a result of the background evaluation will be removed from eligibility in accordance with Civil Service Rule 608.00.

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