Kern CountyBakersfield 93308
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Deputy Sheriff Trainee

Kern County
Full Time Kern County Sheriff's Office, 1350 Norris Rd, Bakersfield, CA 93308, United States


AMENDED: 7/5/22, 7/19/22, 8/3/22, 9/29/22, 10/6/22, 10/31/22, 12/19/22, 1/3/23, 1/25/23, 3/22/23, 3/30/23, 4/10/23, 5/5/23, 6/14/23, 8/16/23, 8/21/23, 9/12/2023


September 30, 2023, from 8:30a.m. - 12p.m. at Regional Training Center,962 Norris Rd, Bakersfield, CA 93308

You will be given the opportunity to meet the hiring team. have your application pre-screened on site and take the written exam on this date. 

The written exam will be administered for applicants at 10:00 a.m. on September 30 , 2023. If you wish to test, please arrive 1 hour prior to the examination time to ensure your application is reviewed.
*$15,000 Recruitment Bonus - More information below* 
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 .Exam Schedule 2023 (subject to change at anytime without prior notice)

Minimum Qualifications / Employment Standards:
  • High School Diploma, G.E.D. or equivalent
  • Possession of a valid California driver’s license; may be required to obtain a Class II license.

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:  20.5 years of age by the final filing date; must be 21 years of age upon appointment to Deputy Sheriff. 

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

Ability to: Understand and carry out oral and written instructions; ability to develop skill in use of firearms; ability to react quickly and calmly in emergencies; ability to obtain and verify information through telephone contact and interview.

Full Job Description For:

Examinations: Written Exam (PELLETB) (Pass/Fail):  May include knowledge of questions regarding spelling, vocabulary, sentence clarity, reading comprehension and other English language comprehension exercises. An Applicant Preparation Guide may be accessed   

A link to the physical fitness pre-academy fitness guide may be accessed    

Applicants must attain at least a 70% score on each phase of the examination process. Names will be placed on one eligible list in order of final earned scores.

NOTE: Participation in the written exam is not required if you possess a POST Entry-Level Law Enforcement Test Battery (PELLETB) Exam result that verifies a minimum T-score of 42 and is less than 2 (two) years old as of the date of this application. Attach to your application for review.  
A link to the physical fitness pre-academy fitness guide may be accessed
Background / Pre-employment Polygraph Examination / Psychological Evaluation:

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 Trainee. This evaluation may not indicate present suitability for other law enforcement positions or future suitability as a Kern County Deputy Sheriff Trainee. 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, are encouraged to wait a minimum of twelve months before they may reapply for this classification.

Summary of Benefits for Deputy Sheriff 

All above provisions are based on the Kern Law Enforcement Association (KLEA) and available upon completion of the academy and promotion to Deputy Sheriff classification. This is a summary of benefits. It does not confer any rights upon any employee. Please refer to the unit for more information.

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