Thinking about joining the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department? If so, there’s a lot to consider. Not only do you have to be of upstanding moral character, you must also be knowledgeable of the law. Physical fitness is also another big factor that determines how successful an applicant will be. Just as there are medical and intellectual requirements, recruits for the Sheriff’s Department must also meet stringent physical requirements.
What are the requirements to join the Los Angeles Sheriff Department?
To apply for a Deputy Sheriff Trainee position, there are certain requirements you must meet. These requirements include:
- Being 19 ½ years old to apply, and 20 years of age at the time of appointment
- US citizenship or eligible resident alien awaiting citizenship application decision
- High school graduate or GED, or have passed a U.S. high school proficiency exam
- Valid Class C driver’s license from California
- Be in good physical health and condition
- At least 20/70 vision in each eye, correctable to 20/30 with only limited color impairment
- No major hearing impairments
- Have no felony convictions or currently be on probation
- Ability to lift 25 pounds while bending, twisting and working on irregular surfaces
- 22% body fat for males and 33% body fat for females
In addition to the stringent requirements listed above, they are also looking for candidates that demonstrate integrity, have the capacity for empathy and compassion, and the ability to multi-task. Good judgment and problem solving will also need to be demonstrated, as well as the courage and responsibility. Successful candidates will also be able to show assertiveness and engage in teamwork and collaboration.
What is the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Academy?
If you meet these requirements and become an official recruit, you will have to enroll in the Sheriff’s Academy. This is a 22-week training program that has been approved by the California Commission on P.O.S.T. and the California Department of Corrections and is designed to prepare recruits for a possible job placement.
The Sheriff’s Academy runs Monday through Friday and is typically 8 and a half hours long. During the sessions, recruits will participate in classroom and scenario-based training that focuses on interpretation and application of laws, radio operations, first aid and CPR, defensive tactics, use of a baton, the laws surrounding the use of firearms, and more. Recruits will also participate in physical activity on a regular basis and this will play a role in determining success.
How do I prepare physically for the 22-week Los Angeles Sheriff’s Academy?
Physical fitness is a big requirement for appointment in the Sheriff’s Department. Deputies need to not only be able to defend themselves but also must be fit enough to chase and apprehend suspects. The Recruit Training Unit of the Los Angeles County Sheriff offers Pre-Academy Training Classes. These classes include a physical training program as well as classroom training to prepare recruits.
Looking for an alternative to the Pre-Academy Training
The Pre-Academy Training Classes are helpful to prepare for the Sheriff’s Academy, but participation in them is voluntary. These classes might not be a good fit for you or get you to the level of fitness that you need to be successful. If you want personal, one-on-one training with personal fitness experts, come to True Hero Training. We offer fitness courses tailored to the Sheriff’s Academy program and can help get you in the best shape of your life.
True Hero Training is where the top recruits go to prepare. To learn more about how we can help you prepare for the Sheriff’s Academy, contact us at 714-943-6805.