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A sworn deputy sheriff is a commissioned employee empowered to continuously bear arms and perform the full range of peace officer duties as delegated by the Sheriff. It is the entry-level position in the department.


A deputy sheriff will perform a wide variety of law enforcement functions:

  • Patrol assigned beat areas
  • Investigate criminal acts and arrest criminal offenders
  • Enforce state laws and local ordinances and provide traffic enforcement
  • Serve and administer civil and criminal documents
  • Prepare police reports and ensure the safe storage of held property and/or evidence
  • Testify in court
  • Work on special enforcement details
  • Transport prisoners
  • Build relationships among local communities

What You Get

A deputy's badge is a symbol of public faith. A law enforcement officer serves the public, safeguards lives and property, protects the innocent and weak, and respects their constitutional rights to liberty, equality and justice.

It is a position of authority and a commitment to service. It is a chance to make a difference in a career that protects the welfare of others yet doesn't compromise over crime and criminals.

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.
Advanced Certification:
Intermediate and Advanced levels of POST certification also qualify for additional compensation.

Deputy Sheriff Trainee Job Description (While in Academy) Deputy Sheriff Job Description (Upon Graduating) 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
Deputy Sheriff
At least 20 years & 9 months of age at start of academy
U.S. citizen
Ability to obtain California Driver License
U.S. high school diploma or G.E.D., or equivalent
Oral & written communications skills


  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