DEPUTY SHERIFF TRAINEE
THE ORANGE COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT IS CURRENTLY ACCEPTING
APPLICATIONS AND REQUIRED SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION ON A CONTINUOUS
BASIS UNTIL THE NEEDS OF THE DEPARTMENT ARE MET. PLEASE KEEP IN
MIND THAT THIS RECRUITMENT MAY CLOSE ON ANY DAY AT 11:59 P.M.
EXAM DATE: SATURDAY, JUNE 19, 2021
This position is scheduled to receive salary range increases on
the following dates:
Effective July 2, 2021 - 3.5% increase
Effective July 1, 2022 - 3.5% increase
This recruitment is being held to establish an Open Eligible
List to fill future vacancies in this class until the next
recruitment. At the Department's discretion, this list may be used
to fill lower level positions.
Incumbents will be periodically rotated through assignments and
shifts, including nights, weekends, holidays, and
A Deputy Sheriff Trainee will be required to attend and
satisfactorily complete the 28-week P.O.S.T. Certified Orange
County Sheriff's Training Academy. Upon successful completion of
the academy, the Deputy Sheriff Trainee will be promoted to the
position of Deputy Sheriff I.
The Sheriff's Department is the fifth largest sheriff's
department in the nation, offering a rewarding career with the
opportunity to serve Orange County in diverse assignments including
land, air, and sea-based patrol, specialty investigative units,
community engagement assignments, and unique collateral duty
options. The Sheriff's Department prides itself on embracing a
policing model that employs intelligence-led policing strategies
and a community-focused approach to providing law enforcement
services. We believe engaged communities make for safe communities.
Accordingly, the Department also offers extensive training and
outreach opportunities for personnel to build and strengthen
relationships in the communities they serve through community-based
policing, familiarization between law enforcement and community
residents, and collaborative problem solving. This is more than a
job; it is an opportunity to build a career of which you can be
OCSD Deputy Sheriff Trainee Mentoring Program
The Mentoring Program is a voluntary, but highly recommended
academy preparation program. This program is open to candidates who
are currently in the background process with the Orange County
Sheriff's Department and receive a referral from their background
investigator. Any County of Orange employee who voluntarily
participates shall do so off duty; no County employee may
participate during their scheduled working hours. The Mentoring
Program is designed to introduce candidates to academy protocol,
memory work and physical training. Mentoring staff may evaluate and
record participant performance and this information may be used for
individual assessments and selection by the Professional Standards
Division; meaning, an individual's performance / behavior at
mentoring sessions may be evaluated prior to being selected for
hire as a Deputy Sheriff Trainee.
- Age: Must be at least 20 years of age on date of
- Citizenship: Must be a U.S.. citizen or permanent resident
alien who has filed for citizenship prior to the date of
- Education: U.S.. High School Diploma -OR- U.S.. General
Education Development Credential (GED) -OR- A California High
School Proficiency Certificate -OR- Have attained a two-year or
four-year degree from a U.S.. accredited college or
- Background: Must have no felony convictions as a juvenile or
adult and cannot currently be on any form of probation AND must
pass an extensive background investigation to the satisfaction of
- Must have no domestic violence convictions and cannot currently
be the subject of a domestic violence restraining order.
- Driver's License: Must possess a valid California Driver's
License, Class C or higher by date of appointment.
Click here to view the class spec/job description.
TESTING PROCESS/SELECTION PROCEDURE
Sheriff Human Resources screens all applications and
supplemental information to identify qualified candidates. After
screening, qualified candidates will be referred to the next step
in the recruitment process.
Written Exam (Pass/Fail): Applicants who meet the minimum
qualifications will be invited to the written exam via email. The
written exam consists of job-related, multiple choice questions.
Applicants who pass the written exam will be referred to the
pre-investigative interview the same day.
- Learning Express Police Officer Exam (California Edition)
- Norman Hall's Police Exam (California Edition)
STUDY GUIDES ARE AVAILABLE AT BOOK STORES AND YOUR LOCAL
Pre-Investigative Interview (Refer/Non-Refer): Applicants who
pass the written exam will be administered a pre-investigative
interview. This step will immediately follow the written exam.
Physical Agility Test (Pass/Fail): A physical agility test will
be given on the same day to those who are referred from the
pre-investigative interview. The physical agility test consists of
Applicants must be dressed in physical training attire to
participate. Applicants who pass the physical agility test will be
referred to the oral panel interview, commencing the following
- 30 Push-Ups: Complete 30 push-ups within 2 minutes.
- 30 Sit-Ups: Complete 30 sit-ups within 2 minutes.
- 1.5 Mile Run: Complete one and a half (1.5) miles on a flat
surface within 14 minutes.
Oral Panel Interview (Refer/Non-Refer): Candidates will be
interviewed and rated by a panel comprised of subject matter
experts and civilian personnel. Each candidate's rating will be
based on responses to a series of structured questions designed to
elicit the candidate's qualifications for the position. Those who
score high enough on the oral panel interview will be scheduled for
a background interview with a Background Investigator.
Based on the Department's needs, the selection procedures listed
above may be modified. All candidates will be notified of any
changes in the selection procedure.
APPLICANTS THAT DO NOT SUCCESSFULLY PASS THE ORAL PANEL
INTERVIEW MUST REAPPLY TO THE RECRUITMENT AND UNDERGO ALL TESTING
COMPONENTS TO BE CONSIDERED.
Background Investigation: Will include employment history,
personal references, criminal history, credit history, a polygraph
examination, medical examination, drug urinalysis test, and a
written and oral psychological examination.
PHYSICAL, MENTAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL REQUIREMENTS
The County of Orange is committed to providing a means for
applicants who may have a disability to identify areas in which
they may request a reasonable accommodation. The following is a
description of the physical and mental abilities, which are
customarily required to perform the essential job functions of this
position. Applicants are encouraged to contact the Recruiter for
any questions or to request an accommodation during the
Environmental Conditions: Incumbents will be working inside a
jail facility and will have contact with inmates that may become
violent or abusive. Incumbents will be required to drive in
inclement weather conditions; and work shift work, holidays,
weekends and rotating schedules.
Physical Requirements: Incumbents must have independent body
mobility to stand, stoop, twist, bend, and the ability to lift up
to 50 lbs., and to drag a 165 lb. mannequin for 45 feet; climb a
ladder, scaffolds, 6 foot wall, etc., sit and stand for prolonged
periods of time; speak and hear well enough to converse in person;
communicate clearly and understandably over the phone and to
address large groups of people; and vision sufficient to read
standard text, a computer screen and oversee large groups of
After all selection procedures have been completed, Sheriff
Human Resources will establish an open eligible list of qualified
Veterans Employment Preference
The County is committed to providing a mechanism to give
preferential consideration in the employment process to veterans
and their eligible spouses and will provide eligible participants
the opportunity to receive interviews in the selection process for
employment and paid internship openings. Please click here to
review the policy.
HOW TO APPLY
Applications and supplemental information will be accepted
on-line only at www.ocgov.com. Your application and supplemental
information should demonstrate your professional experience and
education related to the specific qualifications/duties listed in
this bulletin, including the areas in which you have developed
expertise. Please be sure to print a copy of this job bulletin for
your records. Please note that email is the primary form of
notification during the recruitment process.
EMAIL NOTIFICATION: Email is the primary form of notification
during the recruitment process. Please ensure your correct email
address is included in your application and use only one email
NOTE: User accounts are established for one person only and
should not be shared with another person. Multiple applications
with multiple users may jeopardize your status in the recruitment
process for any positions for which you apply. Candidates will be
notified regarding their status as the recruitment proceeds via
email through the GovernmentJobs.com site. Please check your email
folders, including spam/junk folders, and/or accept emails ending
with "governmentjobs.com" and "ocgov.com." If your email address
should change, please update your profile at
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS: Click here for additional Frequently
For specific information pertaining to this recruitment, contact
Mary Felix at (714) 834-5857 or email at email@example.com.
Click here to view the OC Sheriff's Department website
Orange County, as an equal employment opportunity employer,
encourages applicants from diverse backgrounds to apply.