Deputy Sheriff – Lateral

Los Angeles, CA
Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department


As a full-time, sworn, peace officer, performs general law enforcement duties to protect life and property and to preserve law and order.


Positions allocable to this class work under the technical and administrative supervision of a Sergeant or higher – level peace officer. Some positions report to civilian managers who provide administrative supervision.  Incumbents are assigned to fixed posts or designated patrol areas throughout the unincorporated area of the County and in contract cities and perform either:  (1) inmate custody work at a correctional facility; security and support services at a court facility; or (2) law enforcement work at a Sheriff’s patrol station, specialized unit, or other non-custodial assignment.  Incumbents perform progressively responsible and diverse law enforcement duties such as supervising, observing, guarding, and transporting inmates; serving civil and criminal process; securing and maintaining order within courtrooms; patrolling an assigned area in a patrol car; investigating, preventing and suppressing crime; and apprehending public offenders. Incumbents may rotate through a variety of job assignments along planned career development lines to broaden skill and expertise in general law enforcement work and enable prompt deployment of trained personnel in response to the changing needs and priorities of the community.  Incumbents perform community-based policing, interact with community residents, and engage in collaborative problem solving.   Positions in this class must exercise a working knowledge of law enforcement such as penal, evidence and vehicle codes; criminal investigation; patrol and custody procedures; juvenile laws; administration of justice; and community-law enforcement relations.  Incumbents in these assignments must independently exercise judgment in interpreting and applying departmentally-approved methods in emergency situations involving danger to life and property.

Essential Job Functions

Incumbents in all assignments are responsible for performing the following duties:

  • Takes action, as deemed appropriate and within the guidelines of the law and departmental policy, in response to any public offense committed to which there is immediate danger to person or property or of the escape of the perpetrator of such offense whether on or off duty.
  • Performs law enforcement administrative and operational duties such as writing reports, maintaining logs, and other records.
  • Maintains current knowledge of policies and procedures resulting from changes in laws or other legal mandates affecting functional area of assignment.
  • Takes responsibility for and maintains all equipment, including weapons, ammunition, and other specialized law enforcement equipment; attends required training; and maintains proficiency in all issued equipment.
  • Responds to emergent situations such as natural disasters, civil unrest, or other tactical situations to protect lives and prevent criminal acts.
  • Appears in court to testify in legal proceedings.
  • Performs collateral duties as assigned.
  • Performs community-based policing, interacts with community residents and engages in collaborative problem solving.


Must be at least 21 years of age at the time of application.

Must be a citizen of the United States or a permanent resident alien who is eligible for and has applied for citizenship.

For more information regarding citizenship requirements, please contact the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) at 1-800-375-5283 or visit their website at Applicants will be required to submit a copy of their citizenship documents or paper work showing they have applied for citizenship during the background process.

Must be employed as full-time peace officer in a California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.) certified law enforcement agency with two years of continuous peace officer experience at the time of application.

Full-time experience is defined as a 40-hour work week. Continuous experience is defined as full-time experience gained within two years from date of application.

A valid California class “C” driver license is required to perform job-related essential functions. Applicants must possess a current, non-expired California class “C” driver license or above at the time of application.

Successful applicants will be required to submit a copy of their California driver license during the background investigation. License must not be suspended, restricted, or revoked. An applicant’s driving record within the past 36 months will be evaluated.

Applicants must possess a P.O.S.T. Basic, Intermediate, or Advanced certificate(s) at the time of application.

  1. A legible copy of the applicant’s valid P.O.S.T. Basic, Intermediate, or Advanced certificate AND
  2. A legible copy of the applicant’s P.O.S.T. profile report must be attached with the application at the time of application. Documentation may be accepted via e-mail.