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Deputy Sheriff-Lateral Contra Costa County Office of the Sheriff

Largest Law Enforcement Agency in Contra Costa Challenging Career Opportunities Over 1,000 Sworn and Professional Employees


Current California peace officers and academy graduates are encouraged to apply as lateral candidates. Lateral bonus and Veteran's Preference credits are available for qualified candidates.


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Deputy Sheriff Lateral & Academy Graduates

Current California peace officers and academy graduates are encouraged to apply as lateral candidates. Lateral applicants may be hired at a higher step depending on prior experience as a sworn peace officer. Lateral bonuses and Veteran’s Preference credits are available to qualified candidates. 

Lateral applicants do not have to take the written test or physical ability test but otherwise will need to complete the same process as entry-level applicants.

The first assignment may be in the Patrol Division. 

Please Review the List Below

  • License: Valid California Motor Vehicle Operator’s License at time of appointment.
  • Education: Possession of a US high school diploma, G.E.D. equivalency, or California high school proficiency certificate.
  • Citizenship:  Must be legally authorized to work in the United States under federal law.
  • Vision: 20/20 uncorrected each eye; corrected to 20/30 each eye.
  • Hearing: Must not have suffered a hearing loss of over 25 decibels in the 500, 1000 and 2000 frequency ranges for each ear.
  • Physical: Ability to meet such health standards established by the County Medical Consultant. 
  • Age: Must be 21 years of age or older at time of appointment. No maximum age restriction.

Pay Range

$102,641 – $151,648 (2023-2026)

  • $10,000 hiring bonus for recruits
  • $15,000 hiring bonus for laterals
  • No retirement “maximum age”
  • Wide variety of assignments
  • Numerous promotional opportunities
  • Initial assignment may be to the Patrol Division or Custody Services Bureau

Salary: Deputy Sheriff-Recruits are paid during their training period at the Basic Academy. Upon successful completion of Academy training, graduates will be sworn in as Peace Officers, promoted to Deputy Sheriff, and receive a salary increase. Advancement to the higher steps of the Deputy Sheriff salary range is in accordance with the County Salary Ordinance and the County Personnel Management Regulations.

Generous Incentive Plans

After their first year, Deputy Sheriffs are eligible for an additional pay differential based on P.O.S.T. Certificates. P.O.S.T. Intermediate Certificates earn two and one-half percent (2 ½ %). P.O.S.T. Advanced Certificates earn an additional two and one-half percent (2 ½%). Persons speaking a second language may qualify for bilingual differential pay of $100.00 per month, in selected positions.

Hiring Bonus: $10,000 for recruits and $15,000 for laterals.

Shift Work: Deputy Sheriffs work a variety of hours and shifts depending on the particular assignment, including 3/12, 5/8, 4/10 and 9/80. Time and a half is paid for approved overtime worked.

Uniforms: Deputy Sheriffs are paid a uniform allowance of $872 annually.

Bilingual Pay: $100.00/month in selected positions.

Savings: A credit union is available which offers systematic savings and loans at low-interest rates.

Holidays: An average of thirteen (13) paid holidays per year.

Vacation: Two (2) weeks vacation each year for the first five (5) years, three (3) weeks vacation for 5-10, further increases beyond 10 years.

Sick Leave: Twelve (12) working days sick leave are accumulated each year. Credits are accumulated indefinitely.

Insurance: Prepaid medical and hospital plans including dental and life insurance are available to employees and their dependents. Employees may select a health plan, dental plan, or health and dental plan through CalPERS. A term life insurance policy is included with any health and/or dental plan enrollment.

Retirement: 2.7% at 57 years of age. Deputy Sheriffs are members of the Safety Service Retirement established under the County Employees Retirement Law of 1937 with reciprocity with PERS.



Please Review The List Below


Upon acceptance of the application, qualified candidates will be scheduled for an oral board interview which will evaluate such job-related factors as motivation, interpersonal skills, problem-solving ability, use of sound judgment and oral communication skills. This interview is usually scheduled within two weeks of application acceptance.

Background Requirements

A thorough background investigation including a polygraph examination, a medical examination, and psychological testing shall be conducted according to the specifications of the State of California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training.  

Inquiries into hate group membership, participation in hate group activity, or public expressions of hate as defined by Cal. Pen. Code § 13680 and pursuant to Cal. Pen. Code § 13681 will be made as a part of the background investigation. Candidates shall not have been convicted of a felony in this state or any other state or in any federal jurisdiction,  of any offense in any other state or in any federal jurisdiction, which would have been a felony if committed in this state, or discharged from the military for committing an offense, as adjudicated by a military tribunal, which would have been a felony if committed in this state as defined by Cal. Gov. Code § 1029.

Disqualifying Factors:

In addition to the definition of disqualifying criminal acts as defined by Cal. Gov. Code § 1029, applicants who have engaged in “Serious Misconduct” as defined by Cal. Pen. Code § 13510.8 are ineligible to be employed as a peace officer in the State of California.

The testing process takes approximately two to three months to complete depending on each applicant’s individual background.

6 Month Eligibility

Applicants who pass both the written and oral tests will be placed on the Deputy Sheriff-Recruit eligibility list for six months. Rank on the list is determined by the oral board test score and any veteran’s credit for which individual competitors may qualify. Applicants’ scores are grouped into Certification Bands. Scores between 83 to 100 are placed in Band A, scores between 77 to 82.99 are placed in Band B, and scores between 70-76.99 are placed in Band C. Candidates are moved on into the background process from the list. Typically, the Sheriff’s Office administers two Basic Academies per year.

Make Your Service Count

Veterans who have received an honorable discharge and disabled veterans may be allowed an additional 5% of their total earned score (providing the exam is otherwise successfully completed). To obtain this credit, veterans MUST provide a DD214 that indicates the applicant received an honorable discharge or proof of disability ATTACHED TO THEIR APPLICATION AT THE TIME OF FILING.

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