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Pursue a Career with the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's Office

The San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office is an equal opportunity employer. We are always looking for committed and passionate individuals to join our team.

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Below are a few highlighted opportunities to start your career with the Sheriff’s Office.

Our team offers more than 30 unique divisions for those seeking a career in Law Enforcement. To learn more about these exciting career paths, visit our Divisions & Units section.

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Deputy Sheriff


As a Deputy Sheriff with the County of San Luis Obispo, you are responsible for patrolling assigned areas for the maintenance of order and the protection of life and property.  This involves a wide variety of activities included, but not limited to, reporting to scenes of disturbances, accidents, or reported crimes, making preliminary investigations, issuing citations, and arresting lawless persons.

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Correctional Deputy


As a Correctional Deputy with the County of San Luis Obispo, you are responsible for working in the County Jail which houses all persons arrested in San Luis Obispo County who are either sentenced or awaiting trial.  Under general supervision you are responsible for the intake, custody, welfare, transportation and release of inmates in the custody of the Sheriff. You will investigate crimes that arise from custodial assignments and perform other related work as required.

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Sheriff's Dispatcher


As a Dispatcher, you are responsible for monitoring, receiving, and dispatching routine and emergency radio communications to and from Sheriff’s patrol units and other law enforcement or public safety agencies. Additionally, you will prepare reports, provide information and assistance to the public, and determine availability and location of patrol units to dispatch. The County of San Luis Obispo’s Sheriff’s Dispatch Center provides coverage to San Luis Obispo, as well as the surrounding areas including Morro Bay and Arroyo Grande.

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Professional Support Staff

The Sheriff’s Office offers a variety of opportunities for professional support staff which are critical for operations. We offer positions in a variety of divisions which include:

  • Administration
  • Finance
  • Information Technology
  • Human Resources
  • Forensics
  • Crime Lab
  • Custody
  • Crime Prevention
  • Records


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Getting Started

The Hiring Process consists of the following elements:

  • Physical Agility Test
  • Written Exam
  • Interview
  • Background
  • Polygraph
  • Medical Exam
  • Psychological Exam

For further details on what to expect and how to prepare, check out our Hiring Process here.

Connect with Us

Sheriff's Backgrounds

Sheriff’s Background Unit
Gina Davis, Backgrounds Manager
[email protected]
(p) 805-781-4560
(f) 805-541-0250

Sheriff's Human Resources

Sheriff’s Human Resources
[email protected]

(p) 805-781-4200
(f) 805-781-1490


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Schedule a Ride-Along

Schedule a Ride-along at any of our three patrol stations:

North: 356 N. Main St., Templeton, CA.

South: 1681 Front St., Oceano, CA

Coast: 2099 10th St., Los Osos, CA

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