Women in Law Enforcement

Beginning a career in law enforcement as a woman may seem like a daunting task. The profession has the reputation of being a male dominated field. Misconceptions about which body type, personality type and skill set are required for the job abound and dissuade too many qualified women from applying. The truth is that women bring skills and abilities that are crucial to the overall law enforcement mission. Good communication skills, problem solving and conflict resolution are the traits most important to an effective Deputy Sheriff. A deputy must also have a strong work ethic, be organized and highly scrupulous. If you possess these traits and skills, becoming a Deputy will be a rewarding career for you.

This profession grants you the ability to directly and positively affect the community you care about. You will be empowered to help victims of crime and neglect and hold criminals to account for their actions. You will make decisions based on your own judgment that positively influence others. Your hard work may also be rewarded with career advancement opportunities and appointment to specialized positions. The Sheriff’s Department considers candidates for career advancement based on work ethic, education and experience. As a Deputy Sheriff you will have a career rooted in equality that provides you with fulfillment, excitement and opportunity.

Before you begin you must understand that becoming a San Diego County Sheriff’s Deputy is not easy nor does it happen overnight. As with most things in life, your success in this career is determined by the amount of effort you put into it. If you are going to seriously consider a profession in law enforcement assess yourself honestly. Are you physically and mentally prepared for this career? Are you willing to do shift work? Are you willing to get out of your comfort zone and try new things? If you answered yes to these questions you are well on your way to becoming a Deputy Sheriff (to get an idea of where you should be physically and mentally, review the sections below and visit the FAQ section of our web site).

If you have the will and determination, the Sheriff’s Department will prepare you for this career. Once hired you will spend several months at the academy (as a full time county employee) where you will receive top quality training by field experts, qualified instructors and seasoned deputies. In addition to criminal and civil law you will be taught defensive tactics, arrest and control, firearms, and emergency vehicle operations. We do this so on day one at a jail facility or in a patrol car, you have the necessary training to succeed, be safe and advance your career.

The San Diego Sheriff’s Department also recognizes the importance of personal and family life. As a full time San Diego County Employee, you will have a variety of benefit packages to choose from. From highly competitive rates for medical, dental, vision care for you and your family to Health Saving Accounts and Flexible Spending Accounts for healthcare and daycare. Deputies also receive holiday pay premium, tuition and travel reimbursement and quickly accrue sick time, vacation time and compensative time. From the day you are hired, you will build towards retirement in the San Diego County’s Pension System and you will qualify for several deferred compensation programs to bolster your life after your career. The San Diego Sheriff’s Department does this to help insure a high quality of life for you and your family.

Are you ready for an honorable and rewarding career that empowers you to help your community, grow as a person, and provide a quality life for your loved ones? Apply to become a San Diego County Deputy Sheriff (applications accepted only during open recruitment which occurs during the first week of every month).

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