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There are five jails, or correctional facilities, in Riverside County, all managed by the Sheriff's Department Corrections Division, one of the largest jail operations in the state and throughout the country. Rules at the jail facilities are strictly enforced to protect visitors, corrections staff and inmates.

You start as a Correctional Deputy I on the corrections law enforcement career ladder. Once you have completed the 9-week academy, you are assigned to one of the county's correctional facilities. Typical work shifts are 12 hours, and include weekends and holidays. A new correctional deputy must be available for any shift (i.e. swing, night, day, etc.).


A correctional deputy works within the Sheriff's jail system to control inmates:

  • Maintain security through key, door, tool & equipment control
  • Photograph prisoners, take fingerprints
  • Receive prisoners, process inmate correspondence & phone calls
  • Prepare & distribute paperwork, route booking sheets
  • Control contraband through routine facility and inmate searches
  • Supervise inmates during meals and recreational activities
  • Prepare prisoners for transport by applying restraint equipment and inspecting vehicles for safety
  • Perform business and record keeping functions
  • Administer medication to prisoners as prescribed by a physician

What You Get

A correctional deputy is a custodian of inmates in our jail system. It is a position of authority and a commitment to integrity. It is a career that upholds the rules of incarceration yet protects the welfare of inmates.

You get a competitive salary, great benefits, and the chance to advance and promote. The rest is up to you.

Salary & Benefits:

In addition to an exciting and challenging career opportunity with the Sheriff's Department, the County of Riverside participates in the Public Employee Retirement System (PERS) and offers an excellent retirement program.

A flex benefit is provided in the amount of $712.00 monthly.
A 2.5% premium pay benefit for completion of a Bachelor's degree and an additional 2.5% premium pay benefit for completion of a Master's degree from an accredited institution.
Bilingual Skills:
We offer additional compensation in assignments that require you to use your bilingual skills.

Correctional Deputy Job Description Apply Now

Still not Sure?

You can take an Introduction to Law Enforcement and Physical Conditioning for Basic Academy Students course through Moreno Valley College. The class meets Tuesday and Thursday evenings at the Sheriff's Ben Clark Training Center for one semester. It's a great way to experience academy physical training and to meet training staff.

Minimum Requirements
Correctional Deputy
At least 18 years of age at time of application
Eligible to work in U.S.
Ability to obtain California Driver License
U.S. high school diploma or G.E.D., or equivalent


  1. DUI violations within the last 3 years
  2. Currently on probation
  3. Felony convictions
  4. Conviction of misdemeanor domestic violence
  5. Lying or withholding any information