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If you have an active California Peace Officer Standards & Training (POST) Certification or can obtain a California POST Waiver for regular basic academy training you've received from another state we can expedite the hiring process.

As one of the fastest growing counties in California, Riverside County offers affordable housing and great schools. Centrally located, Riverside County is surrounded by Los Angeles, Orange, San Diego, and San Bernardino Counties.

Lateral or Pre-Service applicants are encouraged to contact Human Resources before applying to determine their qualifications.

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.

Medical/Dental/Vision:
A flex benefit is provided in the amount of $712.00 monthly.
Education/Degree:
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.

Lateral

A lateral candidate is an individual who has worked as sworn peace officer for a California law enforcement agency, has passed their probationary period, and has obtained his/her California Basic POST Certificate.

Out of State

Out-of-state candidates who have obtained a basic academy certification from another state can contact California POST and apply for a POST waiver letter. The Sheriff's Department will accept that as valid certification to qualify as a pre-service candidate. We do not accept POST (or equivalent) certifications from other states.

Pre-Service

A pre-service candidate is an individual who has successfully graduated from a California POST-certified academy and holds an active California POST certification or has separated from a position as a California sworn peace officer.

Pre-service candidates who have obtained their California POST certification or separated from a sworn position in California within the last 1 year are not required to take the Physical Agility Test (PAT) with the Department.

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. Complete our online pre-screen questionnaire.
  3. Take the written exam (Pre-Service Only)
  4. Take the physical agility test (PAT) (Pre-Service only)
  5. Complete a background investigation packet.  It's a detailed history of your life, and we conduct an extensive background check based on your statements.
  6. Attend your background interview.
  7. You take a polygraph examination.
  8. You take a psychological examination.
  9. 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.

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.

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Minimum Requirements
Lateral & Pre-Service
21 years of age
U.S. citizen
Valid California Driver License
U.S. high school diploma or G.E.D., or equivalent
POST Certified

Disqualifiers

  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