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Here you will find information on:

-- Job Recruitments

-- Extra Help Employment

-- Background Investigations 

-- Internal Affairs

-- Services Our Division Offers to the Public


The Kern County Sheriff's Office currently employs over 1,400 people.

We offer a diverse selection of job opportunities from sworn peace officers to civilian staff.

The Sheriff's Office serves over 700,000 people in the Kern County area.


The Sheriff's Office provides license plate security screws for protection from DMV tag theft.  The screws are available at no charge, limit two sets per person.  Supplies are limited.  Please call 661-391-7500 to verify we have some in-stock.



Considering a career in law enforcement?  Your future is here!

The Sheriff's Office has several vacancies.  Listed below are just a few of the classifications we currently have open.  Apply now at

Or you can obtain applications and complete job recruitment flyers, which are available at the Kern County Human Resources Division, 1115 Truxtun Avenue, Bakersfield, CA 93301 or at the Kern County Sheriff’s Personnel Division, located at 1350 Norris Road, Bldg. A, Bakersfield, CA 93308.

Completed applications must be returned to the Kern County Human Resources Division on or before the filing deadlines. For more information please call the Kern County Human Resources Division at (661) 868-3480 or the Sheriff’s Personnel Division at (661)391-7500.

Don't see what you're looking for?  Stand-by!  Register for notification of recruitment at:

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 Internal Affairs

The Kern County Sheriff's Office strives to provide professional service.  Citizen input, both positive and negative, is vital to our organization's goals.


You may file a complaint in person at 1350 Norris Road, Bakersfield, CA 93308 or by visiting any of our substations.  To speak to someone regarding a complaint or to request a complaint form please call the Internal Affairs Unit at (661) 391-7470.


 Personnel Division Mission Statement

The mission of the Sheriff's Personnel Division is to recruit and fill department vacancies, conduct thorough administrative (Internal Affairs) investigations, manage the department’s workplace safety program, minimize department liability wherever possible and to provide crime prevention services to our communities. In support of this mission, the Division consists of five major work units: Background Investigations, Internal Affairs, Civil Litigation/Risk Management Unit, Professional Standards Unit, and Crime Prevention.


Extra-help employment is a great way to get your foot in the door and gain experience. Extra-help has a limited term of 9 months with a mandatory 60 days off between each term. Employees working an extra-help term do not receive benefits. As with all county positions, those seeking extra-help employment must meet the minimum qualifications stated in the job descriptions.  Apply now at


Busy in backgrounds.

Everyone employed by the Kern County Sheriff's Office undergoes a background investigation.  The purpose of the background investigation is to uphold the honesty, integrity, and public trust that the Sheriff's Office is entrusted with.  There are several components to the background investgation, including questionnaires, employment history, and random drug testing.