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A great career awaits you!

We’re looking for leaders who want to join our winning team in providing the finest law enforcement services to the people of Kern County, California.

The Kern County Sheriff's Office

A Great Career Awaits You

We’re looking for leaders who want to join our winning team in providing the finest law enforcement services to the people of Kern County, California.


Our Badge is a Symbol of Public Trust and Professionalism

Every member of our team has earned the right to wear our badge. Many people want to wear it, but only a few have earned it.

If you are a mature, motivated, ethically sound individual who wants to join a team of like-minded people, then a career with the Kern County Sheriff’s Office might be the place for you.

Take a look throughout our website, ask questions of our recruiters, and get an in-depth look of our office and team members by following us on social media. Then you’ll know if KCSO is where you need to be.

You Have Options With KCSO

From Deputy Sheriff to mechanics, the Kern County Sheriff’s Office has employment opportunities that need to be fulfilled by great people.

Attend one of our Career Hiring Events

We have exciting employment opportunities waiting to be filled by exceptional individuals like you. Join us at one of our hiring events and embark on a fulfilling career with the Kern County Sheriff’s Office.

See and Hear For Yourself…

Watch what we do and hear why our team members are proud to call KCSO their home.

Donny Youngblood

Sheriff | Coroner | Public Administrator

Like our unique red patch, our Sheriff’s Office is uniquely different than others.  You can become a Deputy Sheriff, Detentions Deputy, or any one of our numerous civilian classifications.  We also offer a transition program to allow you to move between classifications.  Our over 8000 sq. miles has 13 substations where we want you to live and serve our communities.  In fact, we will pay you an extra $2000 a month to live in select substation response areas.  We have substations from mountains, to lakes, to the high desert. If aviation is for you, we train our own pilots to fly our 8 different aircraft.  We offer great promotional opportunities that allow us to help you be the best you can be.  We love our organization and invite you to explore our website to see if it’s a fit for you.  We live in a county where our residents greatly appreciate us and we them.  Take a look at us, we really want you to become a part of our community and family.  If you have questions, call any of us and we will answer.  From the Sheriff down, we await your call!!

Donny Youngblood
Sheriff, Kern County Sheriff’s Office

Kern County Sheriff Donny Youngblood

Great Benefits & Incentives

Take a look at what we offer and you’ll see we’re competitive, if not better, than other employers!

Recruitment & Retention Bonus*

Lateral Bonus*

Relocation Bonus*

Monthly Housing Allowance*


Shift Differential Pay


POST Certificate Pay*

*Certain conditions apply. Read further details in the job details on this website or the Kern County Jobs Website.

Inside KCSO

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Happy 4th of July 🇺🇸 #independenceday
KCSO Deputy Coroners, Property Room Unit, Detentions Deputies and Crime Prevention got down at Crazy kickball at the Boys and Girls Club. They all talked to the kids about our roles at the Sheriff’s Office #community #loveyourjob #summerfun
The Kern Secret Witness Program is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information on the whereabouts of Ana Barbosa.
On June 26, 2024, a Kern County Sheriff’s Office patrol deputy conducted a traffic enforcement stop on a sport utility vehicle (SUV) in the 2900 block of 24th Street for several California Vehicle Code Violations. The driver and sole occupant of the vehicle, Adolfo Moreno-Ramirez (Age 48) of Mexico City, Mexico was contacted and found to be an unlicensed driver. 

Further investigation resulted in the discovery of 231 pounds of methamphetamine concealed in several containers in the passenger compartment of the vehicle. Due to the large quantity of narcotics located inside the vehicle, the Kern County Sheriff’s Office, Kern County High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (KC-HIDTA) Task Force along with deputies from the Gang Suppression Section were called out to assist and assume the investigation. 

Adolfo Moreno-Ramirez was found to have been involved in the trafficking of the large quantity of methamphetamine from an unknown location in southern California for the purposes of sales. Adolfo Moreno-Ramirez was booked into the Kern County Sheriff’s Office, Lerdo Justice Facility for the following charges: possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of sales, and for transportation of a controlled substance.
The Kern County Sheriff’s Office would like to warn the public about a phone scam targeting individuals in Kern County.

At this time, we continue to receive reports that residents are receiving phone calls from someone claiming to be Sheriff's Office personnel asking for payment for missing a grand jury duty subpoena, not showing up for court as an expert witness, contempt of court, failure to appear, etc. The caller is asking for electronic payment to avoid jailtime. Payment is usually gift cards, bitcoin, or some other form of electronic payment. They are threatening arrest if payment is not received. 
There are also reports that once the victim has paid that they must come into the Sheriff’s Office for a service such as signature comparison or to receive documents. 

The callback number that appears is the Sheriff’s Office number. These scam callers use "spoofing" apps to make it appear that they are calling from the Sheriff's Office.

This is a scam. Kern County Sheriff’s Office DOES NOT ASK FOR MONEY, banking or payment information over the phone or accept payment for fees, tickets, or fines. IF THERE IS A WARRANT OUT FOR YOUR ARREST, YOU WILL NOT RECEIVE A CALL.

When you take a phone call you suspect to be a scam; you can ask the caller for their name, employee identification number, callback number, and a reference number for the matter they are calling about. This information can be used to contact the organization directly to determine the validity of the request.

Community members are reporting that the caller is not "letting" them hang up. This urgency is a red flag. Hang up the phone immediately if you suspect it is a scam call. If there is a warrant for your arrest, you will not receive a phone call.

If you receive suspicious telephone calls that you believe to be a scam, you are urged to contact the Kern County Sheriff's Office at (661) 861-3110, or your local law enforcement agency to report the incident.
Our area deputies were honored to be included in Lost Hills Basketball Awards over the weekend! #losthills #community #kerncounty #loveyourjob
The Kern County Sheriff's Office remains committed to serving our community with integrity, transparency, and professionalism. Our dedicated staff works tirelessly to keep Kern County safe, and we are grateful for their hard work and dedication. We understand the importance of accountability and are committed to ensuring that our policies and procedures align with best practices. In addition to our law enforcement efforts, we take great pride in the many services we provide to our community, including community outreach. We believe a strong partnership between law enforcement and the community is essential to building a safer, more vibrant Kern County. The Kern County Sheriff's Office recently published a 2022 Annual Report to provide an overview of the Sheriff's Office to keep the public informed. 
This report can be found on the Kern County Sheriff's Office transparency page: