frequently asked questions

Are recruits paid during training?

Deputy Sheriff-Recruits are paid during their training period at the Basic Academy.

Academy Graduates are assigned to the Detention Division or Patrol Division based on staffing needs at the time they graduate from the Police Academy. If assigned to Detention, there is no minimum time required to transfer to the Patrol Division.

The minimum education requirement to apply is a US high school diploma, G.E.D. equivalency, or California high school proficiency certificate.

Applicants can contact the GED office for more information on obtaining a complete evaluation of their foreign transcripts.

We currently do not offer relocation assistance, but our recruiting unit can provide recruits with resources and housing recommendations.

Recruits entering the academy should have a strong baseline of physical fitness. Do not wait until the start of the academy to start working out.

Deputy Sheriffs can serve as Reservist or National Guardsman and can be accommodated if placed on military orders.

We're looking for great people to join our teams.

Are you ready?

AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER – IT IS THE POLICY OF CONTRA COSTA COUNTY NOT TO DISCRIMINATE BECAUSE OF RACE, COLOR, RELIGION, SEX, SEXUAL PREFERENCE, NATIONAL ORIGIN, AGE OR DISABILITY.
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