A correctional deputy works within the Sheriff’s jail system to control inmates by performing duties such as:
- Administer medication to inmates as prescribed by a physician
- Control contraband through routine facility and inmate searches
- Maintain security through key, door, tool and equipment control
- Perform business and record keeping functions
- Photograph inmates, take fingerprints
- Prepare and distribute paperwork, route booking sheets
- Prepare inmates for transport by applying restraint equipment and inspecting vehicles for safety
- Receive inmates, process inmate correspondence and phone calls
- Supervise inmates during meals and recreational activities
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 offering:
- 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.
- Medical/Dental/Vision: A flex benefit is provided in the amount of $712 monthly.
Minimum Requirements to Become a Correctional Deputy
- Ability to obtain California Driver License
- At least 18 years of age at the time of application
- Eligible to work in the U.S.
- U.S. high school diploma or G.E.D, or equivalent
- Conviction of misdemeanor domestic violence
- Currently on probation
- DUI violations within the last 3 years
- Felony convictions
- Lying or withholding any information
Getting Started as a Correctional Deputy
How It Works
- The hiring process starts when you select the Correctional Deputy career path and fill out an online application.
- Register and complete a profile, or log in if you already have an account.
- We send you a pre-screen questionnaire.
- You take a written examination.
- You take a physical agility test.
- We send you a background investigation packet to complete. It’s a detailed history of your life, and we conduct an extensive background check based on your statements.
- We interview you based on your background packet.
- You take a polygraph examination.
- You take a psychological examination.
- You take a medical examination including drug and alcohol screening.
Getting Hired as a Trainee
If you successfully pass all of the steps we provisionally hire you as a correctional deputy trainee and send you to our 3-month basic correctional deputy training academy.
Correctional Deputy Training
When you enter the basic Standards and Training for Corrections (STC) academy you are employed as a Correctional Deputy Trainee. You will receive pay and benefits during your academy training.
The training academy is approximately 9 weeks long and includes the following:
- Baton techniques, carotid restraint, chemical agents, and less-lethal munitions
- Defensive tactics
- Drill and ceremony
- Emergency response training, first aid, and CPR certification
- Hostage management
- Interview and interrogation
- Physical exercise
- Upon successful completion of the academy you are assigned to one of our five correctional facilities to work 12-hour shifts including weekends and holidays
After one year, a Correctional Deputy I may be evaluated for possible promotion to the classification of Correctional Deputy II. The probationary period for Correctional Deputy I/II is a total of 18 months from the date of hire.
In addition to the exciting and challenging career opportunity as a Correctional Deputy, the County of Riverside participates in the Public Employee Retirement System (PERS) and offers an excellent retirement program. A flex benefit in the amount of $712 is provided for medical/dental/vision insurance.
- A 2.5% premium pay benefit for completion of a Bachelor’s degree.
- An additional 2.5% premium pay benefit for completion of a Master’s degree from an accredited institution.
Written Exam Testing Schedule
After you have successfully completed the pre-screen questionnaire, you may schedule your written examination. Arrive on time for your test, be professionally dressed, and bring valid government-issued photo identification. No resume is required at this time. You should plan on spending up to 2 hours to complete the exam. We do not accept test scores from outside agencies.
Scheduling Your Exam
- To schedule an appointment to take the written examination for Correctional Deputy or Deputy Sheriff, login to your profile or contact Human Resources for assistance.
- To schedule an appointment for any other position or examination, you will need to view the job advertisement for more details.
Human Resources administers testing for Correctional Deputy and Deputy Sheriff. Check the scheduling calendar for more detailed information regarding availability at each location. Walk-ins are only accepted at the Riverside location. All other locations require an appointment.
Physical Agility Test
After you have successfully completed the written examination, you will be notified of your scheduled Physical Agility Test (PAT). All candidates must appear in person with valid government-issued photo identification and dressed in physical training attire to participate. You’ll be given one attempt for each of the events and you should check your score card after each event to verify the correct scores are recorded.
If you successfully complete the physical agility test a background orientation is conducted immediately following the test. You will be given a pre-background questionnaire to be completed same-day.
Physical Agility Test
The PAT consists of:
- 1 ½ mile run: The run must be completed within 15 minutes, with no stopping or walking.
- Push-ups: A minimum of 20 push-ups must be completed within 60 seconds.
- Sit-ups: A minimum of 20 sit-ups must be completed within 60 seconds.
You can take an Introduction to Law Enforcement and Physical Conditioning for Basic Academy Students course through Moreno Valley College. The class meets Tuesday and Thursday evenings at the Sheriff’s Ben Clark Training Center for one semester. It’s a great way to experience academy physical training and to meet training staff.
You may use your agility scores from this course in place of the physical agility test as long as they meet the minimum pass points.
What You Will Gain From the Course
- The academy is rigorous. Taking this intro course will get you into shape to meet the physical demands of academy training.
- You’ll learn the training style practiced at the academy and you’ll learn more about academy rules and regulations.
- Meet other candidates who can provide support and encouragement.
- Meet the staff who conduct the academy program and who can answer your questions about the academy.
If you have any questions, comments or concerns regarding the course please email Moreno Valley College