Have a recruiting question or want more information? Use this form to reach a member of our recruiting team, who will reply as quickly as possible.

Although this website is a part of the Kern County Sheriff’s Office, it is for recruitment purposes only. We do not respond to requests for emergency assistance or other law enforcement-related questions. If you need emergency assistance, call 911.

Recruiting Info

(661) 391-7750


1350 Norris Road
Bakersfield, CA 93308

Frequently Asked Questions

The most frequently asked questions of our recruitment team are below. Don’t see your question? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions Page.

How can I prepare for the written exam?

There are around 100 questions covering reading, writing, and logical reasoning on the written examination.

You will need to have excellent reading and writing skills, such as spelling, English comprehension, grammar and vocabulary.

We recommend you read articles, magazines, publications and books and then quiz yourself later on in the day on items you read.

Practice writing without the use of spell-checking software or electronic devices.

There are several resources online to help people improve these skills.

What are the top reasons people do not get hired?

There are a number of reasons why people fail, but the top reasons are typically:

Dishonesty – Either omitting or failing to disclose anything on paperwork or verbally will always cause a disqualification.
Attention To Detail – Not fully completing paperwork or caring about personal appearance.
Not Meeting Obligations – Arriving late or forgetting appointments.
Lack Of Soft Skills – Unable to shake hands, make eye contact or finish a sentence.

Do traffic tickets affect my ability to get hired?

Traffic tickets themselves do not necessarily pose a problem in the hiring process; however, repetitious receiving of traffic tickets can have an impact on your processing.