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Deputy Sheriff

County of San Luis Obispo
Permanent 835 Aerovista Pl, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401, United States


Are you a highly regarded, experienced peace officer in California with a proven track record of success in law enforcement looking to lateral transfer?  The Sheriff's Office is seeking self-motivated, law enforcement professionals to fill the position of
As a Deputy Sheriff with the County of San Luis Obispo, you are responsible for patrolling assigned areas for the maintenance of order and the protection of life and property.  This involves a wide variety of activities including, but not limited to, reporting to scenes of disturbances, accidents, or reported crimes, making preliminary investigations, issuing citations, and arresting lawless persons.  Additionally, you are involved in serving warrants and other legal papers, escorting and transporting criminals and psychopathic persons, and participating in raids.  In this role, you may act as bailiff in Superior Court or in Municipal Court. 

The County has attractive pay and benefits options for lateral employees including $3,000 in bilingual bonuses, a monthly bilingual stipend, career incentive pay and accelerated vacation accrual based on related experience.  , for more information on the incentives available for Deputy Sheriff.

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Text “JoinSLOSheriff” to 805-387-9292 to connect with a Sheriff’s Office recruitment team member.

The Ideal Candidate

The ideal candidate will have excellent character, strong ethics and observing skills, and be adept in executing the basic principles of law enforcement, public safety, and personal security.  The ability to adopt quick, effective, and reasonable courses of action with due regard for the hazards and circumstances of a given situation, as well as understand and follow written and oral directions is key. Strong oral and written communication skills, especially with regard to writing clear and comprehensive reports is key.


Graduation from high school or possession of a general education development test certificate indicating high school graduation level or its equivalent as determined by the Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training. Proof of minimum educational requirement may be required.

Proof of current POST basic certification is required prior to appointment.


A valid driver's license is required at the time of application.  A valid CALIFORNIA driver's license is required at the time of appointment and must be maintained throughout employment. 

Note:  Proof of licensure/certification and educational courses must be submitted at the time of application.

  • The class in which employment is contemplated is closely related and comparable in duties and minimum qualifications to the class in which the individual holds permanent status.
  • The individual must have been employed by the other public agency within one year prior to the date of his or her application to the County.
  • The individual was appointed to the class in which he or she holds permanent status from an eligible list resulting from an open competitive or promotional examination which meets the standards of the County.
  • There must be written information submitted by the other public agency and on file with the Commission confirming the individual's permanent status and containing the following statements:
    • The employment record of the individual has been entirely satisfactory;
    • The individual has not been separated, nor is he/she being considered from separation, due to fault or delinquency on his/her part.
  • The individual may be required to take and pass an oral examination as administered by an oral board as provided in Rule 7.02.
  • The individual shall meet the medical requirements as provided in Rule 8.
  • The names of such individuals shall be placed on the open eligible list in the order of their approval and shall follow any names which may already appear on the eligible list.

Reasonable Accommodation Notice
Federal law requires employers to provide reasonable accommodation to individuals with disabilities. Please tell us if you require a reasonable accommodation to apply for a job or to perform your job. Examples of reasonable accommodation include making a change to the application process or work procedures, providing documents in an alternate format, using a sign language interpreter, or using specialized equipment. Please call 805-781-5959 for assistance or e-mail  for more information.

Veteran's Preference Points 
If you are applying for employment with the County of San Luis Obispo and you served in the United States Armed Forces, you may be eligible for veteran's preference points as part of the recruitment process. Some dependents and survivors of eligible veterans may also be eligible for preference points.   for more information and to learn how to apply for this benefit.  Please note that Veteran’s credits must be on file with the County of San Luis Obispo Veterans Services Office prior to the recruitment closing date indicated on the job announcement.

Equal Employment Opportunity 
The County is an equal opportunity employer. Objectives are directed toward assuring equal opportunity in selection / promotion, pay, and job assignments. Recruitment and selection procedures have been established to ensure non-discrimination on the basis of political or religious opinions or affiliations, age, sex, race, color, national origin, marital status, disability, sexual orientation or other non-merit factors. In addition, the County complies with the provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act in hiring and retaining employees. For more information contact the Human Resources Department at (805)781-5959.