Deputy Sheriff Trainee

Sheriff Human Resources screens all applications and supplemental information to identify qualified candidates. After screening, the more qualified candidates will be referred to the next step in the recruitment process.

Application: Interested applicants will submit their applications online.

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.

Study Guides:

  • Learning Express Police Officer Exam (California Edition)
  • Norman Hall's Police Exam (California Edition)

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.

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.

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 Agility Test: While a physical agility test will not be part of the initial recruitment process, all applicants are to be advised that a high level of physical fitness is required to successfully complete the Orange County Sheriff’s Department academy program. Successful applicants who are hired as deputy sheriff trainees will participate in a 4-8 week pre-academy that will include rigorous physical fitness activity to prepare for the academy program. Those who do not demonstrate the ability to successfully complete all components of the pre-academy program (including the physical training component) may be released from employment prior to assignment to the full academy program.