Deputy Sheriff Trainee is the entry-level position in the law enforcement career ladder. Your career begins with training in a progressive 24-week California P.O.S.T. Certified Academy. Upon successful completion of the academy program, trainees are promoted to the class of Deputy Sheriff and receive a 5.5% pay increase. The probationary period for Deputy Sheriff Trainee is 6 months; Deputy Sheriff is 18 months.
As a Deputy Sheriff you will provide a wide variety of law enforcement services throughout the unincorporated areas of the County and in contracting cities, including Moreno Valley, Perris, Palm Desert and Temecula. Assignments may be in the jail, patrol or civil functions. Deputies will typically be assigned to work 10 hour shifts, which include weekends and holidays, and must be available for any shift (i.e. swing, night, day, etc.). Specialized assignments are available as careers progress with the Department.
In addition to an exciting and challenging career, the County of Riverside participates in the Public Employee Retirement System (PERS) and offers an excellent retirement program, as well as, a comprehensive insurance benefits package, including: Health, Dental, and Vision.
Education/Degree Incentive Pay: 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.
• Possession of a valid California Driver’s License
• U.S. Citizenship
• 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.'
Candidates must meet the following State of California Peace Officers Standards and Training (P.O.S.T) requirements:
Age: Must be 20 years 9 months of age at the start of the academy.
Vision: Applicants who wear glasses or contact lenses must have uncorrected vision of no worse than 20/40 correctable to 20/20. Please note: Applicant must have normal peripheral fields and normal color vision.
Hearing: Applicants must not have hearing loss greater than 25dB in frequencies of 500 to 6,000 in either ear. Hearing aids are not permitted to meet these requirements.
APPLICATION & SELECTION PROCESS
The selection procedure consists of the following:
(1) Online Pre-Screen Questionnaire
(2) Written Examination
(3) Physical Agility Test (PAT)
(4) Background Packet
(5) Background Investigation*
(6) Polygraph Exam
(7) Psychological Exam
(8) Medical Exam, including a pre-employment drug and alcohol screening.
All candidates must apply online and complete the pre-screen questionnaire to determine eligibility to test and/or move forward in the selection process. Pre-Service candidates for Deputy Sheriff that have graduated from the academy within the last one year or have ended employment from a position as a California sworn Peace Officer in the last one year are not required to take the PAT. Lateral candidates for Deputy Sheriff are not required to take the written examination and PAT
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