The staff of the Kern Valley Substation is one Lieutenant, one Sergeant, two Senior Deputies and nine Deputy Sheriffs. There are two permanent full time Office Service Technicians who staff the office. In March of 1990 the Substation was moved to the newly constructed county complex on Lake Isabella Blvd., giving the personnel of the Sheriff's Department some much needed room. The old Substation was so small only four desks would squeeze into it. The new facility allows for everyone to have their own desk and workspace and allow for an office for the Area Lieutenant, who uses the Kern Valley Substation for his headquarters for the Northeast Area. The new facility also allows enough room for the California Highway Patrol to lease office space for the six resident officers assigned to the area.
During the summer months the Deputies assigned to the Kern Valley are kept busy with the normal routines of an area with a population 22,000 people. Due to the nature of the area, they are called upon to assist during floods, forest and range fires, snowstorms, and other natural occurrences, along with people involved crimes. A Deputy Sheriff assigned to work the Kern Valley Substation must be adept at working everything from lost children to cattle thefts.
There is also very close cooperation between the personnel of the Kern County Sheriff's Office and the California Highway Patrol, Bureau of Land Management and the United States Forest Service. The Kern Valley is located 50 miles east of Bakersfield and 60 miles west of Ridgecrest, so help can be a long way off when it is needed. The officers of these agencies depend on each other heavily and there is a high degree of camaraderie among them.
The Kern Valley is one of the most picturesque areas in Kern County and as such it is a good place to work and live. It is truly an area of four seasons and beautiful scenery. It has a lot of history and enjoys a friendly atmosphere.