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Before you can wear the badge of a Sheriff's deputy, you need training.

When you enter the POST academy you are employed as a Deputy Sheriff Trainee. A Deputy Sheriff Trainee is a non-sworn class which has no peace officer powers.

During your training, you will be under the close supervision of a Sheriff's Sergeant while you attend the academy to learn the principles, methods, and techniques practiced by a sworn Deputy Sheriff.


Academy training is a high-discipline and high-stress program focused on professionalism, ethics and leadership, fitness, firearms and chemical agents training, emergency vehicle operations, arrest methods, defensive tactics, investigative report writing, community relations, and cultural diversity.

The Basic Peace Officer Training Academy is a 952 hour (approximately 6 months) course designed to meet the minimum requirements of a peace officer as established by the Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST).

Training activities include:

  • Inspections
  • Drill training
  • Physical exercise
  • 26 Knowledge-based exams
  • 14 Scenario and physical training, defensive tactics and firearms testing
Clark Training Center Deputy Sheriff Training Academy

After Training

Deputy Sheriff Trainees are eligible for promotion to Deputy Sheriff upon successful completion of the academy. If you do not successfully complete academy training you may be released from employment.

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