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The San Diego County Sheriff’s Department has three bureaus within the department: Detentions, Court Services and Law Enforcement. All three bureaus provide excellent career paths and promotional opportunities. We have 2 classifications of sworn positions; Deputy Sheriff Cadet Law Enforcement and Deputy Sheriff Cadet Detentions/Court Services. We are currently testing and hiring for both positions.

You must apply on-line for each position and then register to take the written exam. The pre-employment exam is the second step toward an exciting career with the San Diego Sheriff’s Department. It is only ONE exam for BOTH positions, so apply for both!

The hiring process averages 4 months to over a year, depending on your background. If you are currently in the military, you should apply a minimum of 6 months prior to your estimated End of Active Service. You can find a practice exam under Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page under Written Exam. In addition, you can find more about the hiring process under the FAQ page under Hiring Process.


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If you qualify (you meet the minimum requirements for both), we encourage you to apply for both Cadet positions. If you apply for both register for ONE exam only!

YOU CAN NOW REGISTER YOURSELF FOR AN EXAM! After submitting your application online, County of San Diego Department of Human Resources (DHR) will review your application to make sure you meet the minimum qualifications (generally this can take up to 6 weeks). Upon meeting the minimum qualifications, you will receive an email inviting you to register for the written exam. That notice will have the instructions on how to register for the exam. If you have not heard from DHR after 6 weeks from when you submitted your application, please contact DHR at (619) 236-2191 for the status.


Per California P.O.S.T, you may not take the entry-level law enforcement exam twice in one month period (within 30-days). If you do, the second exam you take will not be counted. Unfortunately, at this time the San Diego Sheriff's Department does not accept T-scores from other agencies either. If you are unsure about a test you took with another agency you either need to contact that department or California P.O.S.T.

If you have any questions regarding this issue, please contact California P.O.S.T at (916) 227-3909 or via e-mail at

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RECRUITING NOTICEThe next open recruitment period for sworn positions is on Thursday, May 1st from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.