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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

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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When To Call Wednesday
Reminder: the quickest way to report a crime or suspicious activity is to contact the Kern County Sheriff’s Office Dispatch Center directly by phone call or text message. Social media platforms and email accounts are not monitored 24/7. 

If there is a non-emergency, please contact our Communications Center at 661-861-3110 for assistance. 

If it is an emergency situation, please call or text 911.
KCSEBA’s 10th Annual Honor Run registration is open!
Use the link in our bio to access the registration.

🗓️Saturday, April 13
⏰ 7:00 A.M.
📍 Hart Park, 7000 Alfred Harrell Highway

🏷️5K & 10K $40
🏷️Kids 1K $10
Get to Know KCSO!!
Veronica Gutierrez recently promoted to Detentions Senior Deputy. Shes’s been with KCSO for 2 years. She was previously assigned to Lerdo Pre-Trial Facility. Her hobbies include crocheting and gardening. Her advice to new recruits “Keep a positive attitude, stay motivated, & don’t be afraid to ask for help.” #gettoknowKCSO #loveyourjob #career #careergoals #kcsojobs Apply at
Kern County Sheriff’s Mounted Posse was invited to be a part of Mia’s special Princess Ball and to say we were honored would be an understatement. It was a beautiful day to celebrate a beautiful princess 👑 🐎 #makeawish #cowboyprincess #mountedposse #community
On February 2, 2024, at  approximately 7:35 a.m. Kern County Sheriff’s Office deputies were notified of a stolen vehicle in the area of Q Street and 34th Street. Units in the area responded and located the vehicle in the area of Union Avenue and Flower Street and attempted to initiate a stop. The vehicle fled to Highway 178 westbound. 

The car, a 2019 Dodge Challenger, was related to crimes in the LA area. The 2 suspects related to the crimes were considered armed and dangerous. 

A pursuit ensued continuing westbound 178.
The suspect vehicle lost control and struck a pole at 23rd Street and K Street. 

Both occupants fled on foot and were apprehended shortly after. 

A firearm was recovered from the scene. 

Jelani Green, age 19, was arrested for reckless evading, possession of stolen vehicle, grand theft auto, resisting arrest, hit and run as well as numerous weapons related charges. 

A female juvenile was arrested for reckless evading, possession of stolen vehicle, grand theft auto, and resisting arrest. 

Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to call the Kern County Sheriff’s Office at (661)861-3110 or Kern Secret Witness at (661)332-4040.
February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month. Domestic Violence and Teen Dating Violence are issues of public safety. Awareness is the first step towards prevention. To learn more about warnings signs and red flags, contact the Kern County Crime Prevention Unit for a presentation for your community group! (661)391-7559 or email
On January 30, 2024, the Kern County Sheriff’s Office and Kern County Public Health conducted an undercover operation at Heavenly Massage located at 10530 Rosedale Highway. Over the last several months, the Kern County Sheriff’s Office and Public Health have received numerous complaints about the massage facility being involved in prostitution.
At the conclusion of the operation, the following two women were cited and released for misdemeanor county ordinance violations and solicitation of prostitution:
KARINA DIAZ CORREA (38-years-old) from Bakersfield, CA, and YUANJUN YAN (35-years-old) from West Covina, CA were cited for a violation of Penal Code 647(b)-Prostitution.
Additionally, CORREA and YAN were in violation of numerous County Ordinances. Public Health took administrative action and issued a notice to Heavenly Massage facility notifying them that they were in violation of the County Ordinance and must close immediately.
This operation was conducted under the Kern County Ordinance whereby Public Health regulates massage establishments to ensure they maintain a safe and sanitary environment as well as establish reasonable standards to reduce the opportunity for acts of prostitution and human trafficking to occur. The Kern County Sheriff’s Office and Kern County Public Health will continue to work together and investigate all complaints and reports of suspected or known prostitution and/or human trafficking activities in massage establishments.
Anyone who suspects illicit activity at a massage facility is asked to call the Kern County Sheriff’s Office at (661) 861-3110, the Secret Witness Hotline at (661) 322-4040, or Kern County Public Health at (661) 321-3000.