Sheriff’s Deputy Trainee


The Santa Barbara Sheriff’s Office goal is to provide professional law enforcement services to the citizens of Santa Barbara County. To accomplish our goal, we must hire and retain deputies who possess the highest level of honesty, integrity and ethics. If you have such qualities and desire to have a positive impact on the future by serving as a sheriff’s deputy, we encourage you to apply.

As a deputy with the Sheriff’s Office, you will become part of a team, dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for citizens of Santa Barbara County. Every day when you put on your uniform, you will make the community safer and secure. Make a Difference!


$76,426.16 – $92,058.69 Annually


BENEFITS: The County of Santa Barbara offers generous benefits, CLICK HERE

Position: Under immediate supervision, to attend a Peace Officer Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.) Academy to receive instruction designed to qualify trainees for the class of Sheriff’s Deputy; and in a non-sworn capacity to perform other duties as required. This is a trainee-level class and incumbents are expected to successfully complete the Law Enforcement Recruit Academy and receive the recommendation of the Sheriff and promote to Sheriff’s Deputy or be terminated from the position.

Examples of Duties

Attends the Basic Peace Officers Academy for instruction on law enforcement procedures combined with rigorous physical fitness training;
Studies topics such as the care and use of firearms, weaponless defense, first aid, laws of arrest and evidence, law enforcement techniques and procedures;
Maintains at least the minimum level of proficiency in all areas of training.


1. Education: Graduation from high school or passing of the G.E.D test indicating high school graduation.

2. Age: Applicant must be a least 20 years of age at the time of application and 21 years of age at the time of appointment.

3. Physical Fitness: Excellent physical condition with the ability to pass a comprehensive medical examination based on the County of Santa Barbara medical standards, and the ability to pass a job-related comprehensive P.O.S.T endorsed physical agility examination.

4.U.S. Citizenship legally authorized to work in the United States under Federal Law.

5. License: Possession of a valid California Driver License at time of appointment.

Ability to: observe, learn, read and understand various laws, policies, rules, police procedures, law enforcement techniques and first aid; analyze situations, and or problems and have the potential to rationally and calmly take quick, effective action in emergency and stress situations; undergo strenuous physical conditioning as required to successfully complete a Law Enforcement Recruit Academy.     

Additional Requirements: Applicants must meet peace officer standards as specified in California Government Code Sections 1029 and 1031 including but not limited to: no prior felony convictions, good moral character as determined by thorough background check, submission of fingerprints for purpose of a criminal record check, and found to be free from any physical, emotional or mental condition which might adversely affect the powers of a peace officer.


1. Application and supplemental questionnaire

2. Personal History Questionnaire (PHQ)

3. Physical Agility Test – Pass/Fail

The PAT consists of the following events:

4. Written Examination – 

Option 1: POST Entry-Level Law Enforcement Test Battery (PELLETB) which is an in-person written exam consisting of multiple-choice questions in the areas of Writing, Reading Comprehension, and Reasoning Abilities.  The study guide is available at Click on Recruitment and Selection, then on Information for Job Applicants, then on Application Preparation Guide for the POST Entry-Level Test Battery.
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Option 2: National Testing Network (NTN) which is an online public safety exam through NTN. This is a virtual proctored exam and your exam scores are sent directly to your designated agency,

NTN INSTRUCTIONS: To complete the written exam through the National Test Network (NTN), you must register with NTN and schedule your online exam, go to select “Choose Jobs“, then select “Law Enforcement” Jobs and State; select Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office.

When you register yourself to participate in the National Testing Network “Law Enforcement” examination, this includes three components. The three components of the written examination: Video Judgement, Reading, and Writing. The examination takes approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes. Upon completion of your examination, NTN will provide applicant scores to the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office (Human Resources Bureau). 

BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION PROCESS:  The Sheriff’s Office conducts a polygraph examination and in-depth background investigation. Incumbent must successfully pass the following:

Polygraph Examination will measure the accuracy of information disclosed during the background investigation process. 

Background Investigation includes an interview and in-depth background investigation of police records, social media, personal, military, and employment histories; inquiry of persons who know you and evaluate whether you respect the law and rights of others; are dependable and responsible; have demonstrated mature judgment in areas such as the use of drugs and intoxicants; are honest; and is a safe driver.

The following shall commence upon accepting a conditional offer of employment:
1. Psychological Examination is given by a licensed psychologist.  You will be evaluated on the psychological factors related to successful performance to determine if you are presently suited for the difficult and stressful job of a dispatcher and to otherwise ensure that the candidate is capable of withstanding the psychological demands of the position.

2. Physical Examination is conducted by a licensed physician. The medical evaluation or examination shall commence once you accept a conditional offer of employment. You will be evaluated on the physical factors related to successful performance to determine if you are presently suited for the physically demanding job of a deputy sheriff.

If you are interested in applying for this position and it is not currently open, you may fill out a Job Interest Card by CLICKING HERE. Select the ‘Subscribe’ button in the top right corner, fill out your contact information and selected ‘Submit’. An email notification will be sent to you when the recruitment opens.
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