Sheriff's Sergeant

Kern County
Full Time $8,260 - $9,872 Per year CA 1350 Norris Rd, Bakersfield, CA 93308, United States


This is a

Department Promotional Examination

and is open to eligible employees of the

Kern County Sheriff's Office

who have successfully completed their initial probationary period and received an overall rating of standard or better on the last employee performance report.

  • Written Exam: June 4, 2024
  • Oral Exam: will be conducted the week of June 24, 2024
Examinations:Written Exam (Weight 40%):May include knowledge of: basic principles of supervision; rules of evidence and of the laws governing persons in custody; criminal law, investigation and crime prevention methods; interviewing techniques; report writing and other relevant subjects.
Oral Exam (Weight 60%):  Will be conducted for the purpose of appraising training, experience, interest and personal fitness for the position. 
***If the number of applicants successful on the written exam is insufficient to merit an oral exam, the written exam shall be weighted 100%.
Applicants must attain at least a 70% score on each phase of the examination process.
Examination components for promotional testing will be administered during the scheduled date(s)/time(s)/location without exception.
Suggested Study References: 
  • Iannone, N., Iannone, M., and Bernstein, J. (2020). Supervision of Police Personnel, 9th Edition. Pearson Prentice Hall.
  • Swanson, C., et. al. (2019). Criminal Investigation, 12th Edition. McGraw-Hill.
  • Hale, C. (2004). Police Patrol: Operations and Management, 3rd Edition. Pearson Prentice Hall.
  • California Department of Justice. California Peace Officers Legal Sourcebook. CopWare.
*Supervision of Police Personnel, 8th Edition and Criminal Investigation, 11th Edition can also be used as sources for this test.

Although these topics may be covered in the exam, the test items will not necessarily be taken directly from these references.
Minimum Qualifications / Employment StandardsTwo (2) years of experience as a Kern County Senior Deputy AND possession of an Intermediate Certificate awarded by the Peace Officer Standards and Training Commission for the State of California.

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