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Is it easy to become one of us? Nope.

Is it rewarding to make it? You bet.

Serving our communities with integrity, professionalism, leadership and loyalty is our culture and commitment. We want the best and we offer the best - paid training, competitive salary, benefits, and opportunity for advancement.

Here's How it Works:

  1. The hiring process begins online when you select the Deputy Sheriff career path and create an online profile.
  2. Register and complete a profile, or logon if you already have an account.
  3. Complete our online pre-screen questionnaire.
  4. Take the written exam.
  5. You take a physical agility test (PAT).
  6. Complete a background investigation packet.  It's a detailed history of your life, and we conduct an extensive background check based on your statements.
  7. Attend your background interview.
  8. You take a polygraph examination.
  9. You take a psychological examination.
  10. You take a medical examination including a drug and alcohol screening.

Offers of employment are contingent upon successful completion of all of the steps listed above.

Getting Hired as a Trainee

If you successfully pass all of the steps we may hire you as a Deputy Sheriff Trainee and send you to our 6-month basic peace officer training academy

Recruiting Guidelines

Comprehend and retain factual information pertaining to policies, rules, regulations, and laws and accurately apply what is learned; analyze situations and/or data and draw meaningful conclusions leading to a reasonable course of action; effectively communicate both verbally and in writing; establish and maintain effective working relationships with others; meet the physical requirements of a Basic Peace Officer Standard Training (P.O.S.T.) academy.

Graduation from high school, or attainment of a satisfactory score on a G.E.D. test, or possession of a Certificate of Proficiency issued by the California State Board of Education.

Deputy Sheriff Trainee Job Description (While in Academy) Deputy Sheriff Job Description (Upon Graduating) Apply Now

Still not Sure?

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


Moreno Valley College offers law enforcement training for those who wish to complete the courses at their own expense. Courses are offered on a full-time (intensive) or part-time (modular) basis. Use the Self-Sponsored links to the right to find out more.

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