Deputy Sheriff Trainee

Riverside, CA
Riverside County Sheriff's Office
Salary: $4,390.36-$5,437.19

Job Description: 

Deputy Sheriff Trainee is an entry-level classification. Under close supervision, incumbents typically report to a Sheriff’s Sergeant and attend a Basic Peace Officer Standard Training (POST) academy to learn the principles, methods, and techniques employed by the journey level Deputy Sheriff class. Positions in this class are distinguished from Deputy Sheriff in that the Deputy Sheriff Trainee is a non-sworn class which has no peace officer powers. Deputy Sheriff Trainees are eligible for promotion to Deputy Sheriff upon successful completion of a Basic POST academy. Incumbents who do not successfully complete academy training may be released from employment.

Application and selection of candidates is based upon successful completion of a series of assessments including, but not limited to:

  • Online Pre-Screen Questionnaire
  • Written Examination
  • Physical Agility Test (PAT)
  • Completion of a Background Packet
  • Extensive Background Investigation, including interview
  • Polygraph Examination
  • Pre-Employment Psychological Assessment

Medical Examination, including a pre-employment drug & alcohol screening

Written Examination: Upon successful completion of the pre-screen questionnaire, candidates will be allowed to schedule their Written Examination. Candidates will be directed to our scheduling calendar to check for available testing dates, and schedule themselves. Appointments must be scheduled online and cannot be made over the phone or via e-mail. All candidates must appear in person with valid government-issued photo identification and professionally dressed. No resume is required at this time.

The Written Examination consists of 2 sections: a 10 minute, timed vocabulary test; and an untimed section, containing 225 questions based on you, your personality, past experiences, and additional questions of this nature. This examination typically takes approximately 2 hours to complete, and there is no study guide available to prepare.

Candidates who are unsuccessful in the Written Examination may re-apply six months from their testing date. Successful candidates will proceed through the process to the Physical Agility Test (PAT).

Please Note: Pre-Service and/or Lateral candidates are not required to take the PAT.

Veteran’s Preference Points: Candidates may bring in a copy of their DD-214 form on the date of their Written Examination. Veteran’s Preference points will be added to their total overall score for the Written Examination.

Physical Agility Test (PAT): Upon successful completion of the Written Examination, candidates will be notified of their scheduled PAT. All candidates must appear in person with valid government-issued photo identification and dressed in physical training attire to participate.
The PAT consists of:

  • Sit-ups: A minimum of 27 sit-ups must be completed within 60 seconds.
  • Push-ups: A minimum of 22 push-ups must be completed within 60 seconds.
  • 1 ½ mile run: The run must be completed within 14 minutes, with no stopping or walking. The run is conducted on an oval-shaped, dirt track.

Upon successful completion, candidates will be placed on an eligibility list, and then contacted via e-mail when it is time to obtain their background packet. Candidates will have twelve (12) business days from the date Human Resources emails them to complete their background packet and return it to Sheriff’s Personnel. Candidates who are unsuccessful in the PAT on their first attempt may contact a recruiter to schedule a second attempt. Candidates are afforded two attempts to pass this portion of the testing process. If both attempts are unsuccessful, candidates may re-apply 1 year from their PAT date.

Background Investigation: Candidates will be assigned a background investigator once their completed packet has been received. The assigned investigator will contact the candidate via telephone or USPS mail service, informing them of their status in the selection process.

Candidates will be disqualified in the background investigation for reasons that include, but are not limited to: (1) DUI violations within the last 3 years (2) Currently on probation (3) Adult felony convictions (4) Conviction of misdemeanor domestic violence, 243(e)(1)PC. Candidates who fail the background investigation are not eligible to re-apply for a minimum of one year.

Successful candidates will then begin the background investigation process, including scheduling all necessary assessments with their assigned investigator.


  • Prevents crime, apprehend suspects, control traffic, and enforce criminal and civil laws and regulations.
  • Conducts preliminary criminal and civil investigations.
  • Serves and administers various civil and criminal documents.
  • Effects custody and insures safe storage of held property/evidence.
  • Prepares incident, traffic and daily activity reports.


Minimum Qualifications: 

Knowledge of:

  • The English language; basic arithmetic concepts typical of that derived from basic coursework in these subjects at the high school level.

Ability to:

  • 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.

Essential Special Requirements:

Applicants must meet the following State of California Peace Officers Standards and Training (P.O.S.T) requirements:

  • Age: Applicants must be 20 years 9 months of age at the start of the academy.
  • Vision: Applicants who wear glasses or hard contact lenses must have uncorrected vision of no worse than 20/40 correctable to 20/20. For soft contact lenses being worn for up to one year or more correctable to 20/20, there are no uncorrected requirements.
  • 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.