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Once you have successfully completed the written exam and physical agility test (PAT) you will attend a background orientation and be given a background packet to complete. This is an extensive questionnaire covering all aspects of your life.

You have 12 business days from the date you receive your packet to complete it and return it to Sheriff's Personnel. A confirmed due date will be given when you obtain your packet. If you do not complete your background packet in the 12-business-day timeframe, you may be disqualified from the selection process and may have to wait one (1) year from the date of your PAT to re-apply.

If you are disqualified from the selection process, you will need to login to your JoinRSD profile and re-apply to be considered for Deputy Sheriff Trainee. However, you may need to wait one (1) year from the date of your PAT to do so.

Once your completed packet is returned you will be assigned a background investigator. The investigator will contact you via phone or US Postal Service to inform you of your status in the selection process.


Candidates will be disqualified in the background investigation for reasons that include, but are not limited to:

  1. DUI violations within the last 3 years
  2. Currently on probation
  3. Adult felony convictions
  4. Conviction of misdemeanor domestic violence, 243(e)(1)PC.

Candidates who fail the background investigation are not eligible to re-apply for a minimum of one year.

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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