Prepare Yourself


In order to become a San Bernardino County Deputy Sheriff you have to hold yourself to a higher standard. During the background process, applicants are disqualified due to the past choices they have made earlier in their lives.

Don't do drugs

  • Don’t associate with others who use illegal drugs. – If you do, STOP NOW! When asked about past drug use, BE HONEST!

Keep your driving record clean

  • Applicants are disqualified for too many tickets, accidents, and license suspensions. In addition, make sure you are properly insured.

Make physical fitness a way of life

  • Applicants are not selected for the position due to poor physical fitness. Make sure you maintain a healthy diet and exercise regularly. Your life or somebody else’s life may depend on it!

Pay your bills

  • The way you manage your personal finances assists the department in determining your level of responsibility and maturity.

Be honest

  • A lot of applicants are disqualified for lying or for integrity issues. Tell the truth no matter how embarrassed you are about your past mistakes. Remember all applicants are administered a polygraph examination during the hiring process.

Sharpen your writing skills

  • Strong writing skills are very important for a successful career in law enforcement. Applicants are not selected for poor grammar, punctuation and spelling.

Be careful on social media

  • Remember what you post on the internet represents who you are. What kind of impression are you making?

Do a great job

  • Your employment history is very important. Make sure you develop and maintain a strong work ethic. Don’t call in sick if you are not sick, give a two week notice if you resign from a position and report to work on time with a great attitude!

Make a good impression

  • We need applicants who believe in themselves. Be assertive, self-confident, outgoing, compassionate and learn to communicate well with a  wide variety of people.

Maintain your values and integrity

  • Don’t let your friends or co-workers pressure you into compromising your values or integrity. Remember integrity is “What you do when nobody is looking!"

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San Bernardino, California 92415-0061

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