Frequently Asked Questions


Q: Are you currently testing and hiring?

A: Yes. We are actively recruitment for the Sheriff’s Deputy Trainee and Custody Deputy positions. These recruitments are conducted as ongoing recruitments. The PAT and written exam testing process is conducted throughout the year, approximately every 3-4 months. Recruitments for Professional Civilian Staff positions are recruited for based on the business need. For a listed of our Current Job Openings CLICK HERE.

Q: How can I submit an application?

A: Please visit  Join SBSO Apply Now  for a list of our current job openings.

Q: What does the physical agility test include?

A: The physical agility test (PAT) is required for entry-level sworn positions. PAT modules vary based on the physical requirements of the job. More specific details are available at Physical Preparation.


Q: What does the Sheriff’s Deputy Trainee and Custody Deputy written examination include?

A: There are two types of written examinations available to applicants. First is the POST Entry Level Law Enforcement Battery (PELLETB) which is an in person written exam administered through our agency several times a year. To prepare for the PELLETB examination CLICK HERE to review the Applicant Preparation Guide for the PELLETB.

Secondly, National Testing Network NTN, which is a public safety online virtual examination. This exam can be taken conveniently online or at a test center. CLICK HERE to review their website and enrollment process.


Q: How long is the background investigation hiring process?

A: Most candidates complete the background investigation process in 2-3 months. The duration of the background process may vary on a case-by-case basis.


Q: Will I receive a salary and benefits while attending an Academy?

A: Yes. You start earning a salary upon your hire date; benefits will be effective at the beginning of the month that immediately follows the employee’s first pay period of employment in a regular position.


Q: How long is an Academy?

A. The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office currently sends recruits to several tri-county academies.

The Allan Hancock Basic Law Enforcement Academy is a 21- week (836 hour) intensive academy. CLICK HERE for frequently asked questions.

Ventura County Sheriff’s Department Training Academy conducts a 22-week California POST accredited program. CLICK HERE to review the website.

The Allan Hancock Core Custody Academy is a 6-week course of 176 hours of STC mandated training and approximately 40 hours of additional training. CLICK HERE frequently asked questions.


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