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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.

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

Get to know our agency, leadership, and the testing process to make sure it’s a good fit for both you and us.

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☕️Coffee BY a Cop is #backbypopulardemand
Come see us at Starbucks in Wasco this Thursday and get your coffee prepared and served by a KCSO area deputy. 

We won’t mess with rush hour, you can catch us there between 10am and 12pm. 

Hope to see you there!!

#community #communityorientedpolicing #joinkcso #loveyourjob #coffee #coffeewithacop
Lerdo Pre-Trial Facility has a program for the women who work in the “Blue Room”. They work preparing food for other incarcerated persons. These women have to work hard to earn spots in some of the programs available at Lerdo and today they had the opportunity to hear from local Survivor advocate, Ofelia Flores. KCSO strives to engage in meaningful partnerships throughout the community and bringing local stories to reach our incarcerated population is one way to strengthen relationships from law enforcement to community. 

Thank you to our Programs Detentions Deputy Parker for setting it all up!!

Join our team today and make a difference!

#loveyourjob #kcso #communitypartnerships #joinkcso #detentions 

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The Kern County Sheriff’s Office would like to warn the public about a phone scam targeting individuals in Kern County.

At this time, residents are reporting that they are receiving phone calls from someone claiming to be Undersheriff McCurtain, notifying about a gun buy-back program or an anonymous gun drive. This is a scam. Kern County Sheriff’s Office is not involved in any sort of gun drive. 

We still receive reports of residents receiving phone calls about warrants for their arrest. 

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. 

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.

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.
The Kern County Sheriff's Office has been notified of downed phone lines in the Pine Mountain Club area. AT&T is on scene and repairing the issue with an undetermined ETA for completion.
Happy Law Enforcement Appreciation Day to the entire staff here at KCSO (there’s truly no way to depict every position in one video). From support staff to sworn personnel there’s so much that goes into the Kern County Sheriff’s Office. To all the law enforcement agencies everywhere, we celebrate you too! #community #kcso #loveyourjob #careers #kcsojobs #communityorientedpolicing #lawenforcementappreciationday
Today funeral services were held for Riverside County Sheriff’s Deputy that gave the ultimate sacrifice last month. Our Honor Guard along with @bakersfieldpolicedepartment rode down to the services to pay tribute and say a final goodbye to Deputy Isaiah Cordero. 

Our deepest condolences to Deputy Cordero’s family and friends in this difficult time. 

Deputy Isaiah Cordero
EOW 12-29-2022