Welcome to
The Kern County Sheriff’s Office

The Kern County Sheriff’s Office, also known as KCSO, provides law enforcement services for the residents, business owners, and visitors of Kern County, California.

Kern County is 8,163 square miles and home to more than 800,000 residents. Kern County is the southernmost county of the San Joaquin Valley in California. Although our largest city is Bakersfield, Kern County is home to many growing municipalities.

Kern County is rich in vast landscapes that include the Sierra Nevada Mountain range, Sequoia National Forest, Los Padres National Forest, Red Rock Canyon, the Mojave Desert, 165 miles of rapids on the Kern River, beautiful almond orchards, and fields that provide produce across the nation.

The KCSO has substations in Buttonwillow, Delano, Frazier Park, Glennville, Kern Valley, Lamont, Mojave, Ridgecrest, Rosamond, Taft, Tehachapi, Wasco, and Inyokern.


Kern County Sheriff

Your Adventure Awaits You

There’s not many professions out there that can claim being an adventure. We’re proud to say this is not true with our agency, as we have plenty of specialized units for you to work.

Academy / Training

Air Support Unit

Bomb Squad

Coroner’s Section

Court Services

Crisis Negotiations

DEA Task Force



FBI JTTF & Gang Task Force

Narcotics Unit

OHV Unit

Rural Crime


Work Release / Parole Unit / Electronic Monitoring Program

What They’re Saying…

You’ll find members of our team are proud of our agency, the opportunities available to them, and how they are treated by their colleagues, supervisors, and the community.

“Every day is unique, and I enjoy new opportunities every day. Through the opportunities KCSO has provided for me, I have been able to meet different members of the community and learn how I could better serve them.”

Thomas Aguilar

Deputy Sheriff, Electronic Monitoring Program

“When it comes to law enforcement, I always wanted to be a part of the change in the community. Being able to make it through and graduate is like a dream, now as long as I can change one life for the better, my dream will come true and I can push for another.”

Dewayne Perry

Detentions Deputy

A Day in The Life of KCSO

On any given day across our county, you could find yourself doing an assortment of duties and assignments.

A Kern County Sheriff's Deputy making friends in the park by pushing a child on a swing
A Kern County Sheriff's Deputy types on his mobile computer
A Kern County Sheriff's Deputy looks out the door of a helicopter
A Kern County Sheriff's Dispatcher seated at her console
A Kern County Sheriff SWAT Team Member searches a room.

You Too Could Save a Life…

Our agency was featured on an episode of Live Rescue when our deputies saved the lives of a couple from their residence which had caught fire.

Because of the dedicated men and women who have chosen to make their career at KCSO, countless lives have been saved.

What Are You Waiting For?

A great career, salary, and benefits are waiting for you right now.