Deputy Sheriff

Deputy Sheriff Academy
  1. General Information
  2. Getting Started
  3. Training
  4. Written Examination
  5. Physical Agility Test


A deputy sheriff will perform a wide variety of law enforcement functions:

  • Build relationships among local communities
  • Enforce state laws and local ordinances and provide traffic enforcement
  • Investigate criminal acts and arrest criminal offenders
  • Patrol assigned beat areas
  • Prepare incident reports and ensure the safe storage of held property and/or evidence
  • Serve and administer civil and criminal documents
  • Testify in court
  • Transport inmates
  • Work on special enforcement details

Salary & Benefits

Deputy Sheriff Trainee
(While in the 6-month academy)
Deputy Sheriff
(Upon successful completion of the academy)
$30.76 – $45.12 Hourly$33.74 – $51.59 Hourly
$5,331.40 – $7,821.18 Monthly$5,848.35 – $8,942.46 Monthly
$63,976.85 – $93,854.18 Annually$70,180.24 – $107,309.49 Annually

In addition to an exciting and challenging career opportunity with the Sheriff’s Office, the County of Riverside participates in the Public Employee Retirement System (PERS) and offers an excellent retirement program offering:

  • Advanced Certification: Intermediate and Advanced levels of POST certification also qualify for additional compensation.
  • 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.

For more information, visit the job description and benefits page.

Minimum Requirements for a Deputy Sheriff

  • Ability to obtain a California Driver’s License
  • Must be at least 20 years and 9 months of age at the start of the academy
  • Must have a U.S. High School Diploma or G.E.D.


  • Conviction of misdemeanor domestic violence
  • Currently on probation
  • DUI violations within the last 3 years
  • Felony convictions
  • Lying or withholding any information