Law Enforcement Technician

Full Time
Los Angeles County, CA
$48,675 - $65,591 a year
Posted 30+ days ago
Job description

REPOSTING INFORMATION:This announcement is a reposting to add withdraw information under examination content as of June 1, 2022. Applicants who have already applied need not reapply.



Applications may be submitted online beginning Monday, January 31, 2022, at 8:00 a.m. (PT). The application filing period will be open continuous, but may be suspended AT ANY TIME without prior notice AND the examination may reopen as the needs of the service require. It is recommended that you complete your application using a desktop or laptop.

Note that the system also requires email verification for each new email address, which may result in delays in submitting an application. It is recommended that each applicant create a profile before the application start date.



FILING TYPE: Open Continuous

Positions allocable to this class assist sworn personnel by independently performing technical law enforcement-related services and support functions in the Sheriff's Department.

Essential Job Functions

  • Prepares requisitions for unit supplies, maintains supply inventory in computer system, and determines replacement or restocking needs; picks up unit supplies and vehicle parts as needed and may be required to bend, stoop, or do occasional heavy lifting in the performance of such duties.

  • Ensures that departmental vehicles are inspected, serviced, and maintained in order to meet the operational needs of the facility or unit, and completes reports to record monthly mileage usage, consumption of gas and oil, gas and oil quantities on hand and credit card usage.

  • Coordinates maintenance and repairs of facility vehicles and maintains vehicle maintenance and repair records.

  • Receives telephone and in-person requests for services, including 911 emergencies and fire calls, citizens' complaints, and general inquiries; differentiates between routine, priority, and emergency request as required.

  • Assigns, coordinates and dispatches field units in response to requests for services, advises responding units of possible problem areas and monitors field units activities, including Code 3 and emergency responses.

  • Monitors emergency communications of other police and fire agencies to determine needs for assistance and ensures that assigned calls and other relevant information are entered into the station computer.

  • Acts as a liaison between station personnel, other law enforcement agencies, emergency service organizations, and the Sheriff's Radio Center, as directed.

  • Assumes full radio dispatching responsibility on an assigned frequency in the event of power failure or other emergency situation at the Sheriff's Radio Center.

  • Issues station file control numbers to track official reports; reviews the contents of these reports to ensure they are complete and accurate, performs various routine desk functions, including compilation and entering of statistical data in law enforcement databases to prepare crime and other reports.

  • Assigns and oversees work performed by inmate laborers under the general supervision of sworn personnel.

  • Receives, lists, catalogues, stores, and releases personal and/or evidentiary property at a patrol station in compliance with established departmental policy, practices, and procedures.

  • May transport, load, and unload large, bulky and/or heavy personal and/or evidentiary property to a warehouse or other location as directed.

  • Assists patrol station personnel with crime prevention functions acting as liaison to other public agencies and private prevention organizations involved in crime prevention; maintains inventory of crime prevention resources; distributes crime prevention materials and resources; and participates in maintaining station crime prevention budget needs.

  • Assists in the investigation of alleged violations of laws and regulations by gathering, assembling, and examining a variety of records and data pertinent to the case being investigated.

  • Drives throughout Los Angeles County or has the ability to utilize an alternative method of transportation when needed to carry out job-related functions.



Option I: Two years of experience working for a public safety agency performing law enforcement-related services and support duties.

Public safety agencies include departments such as sheriff, police, military police, college or university police, and fire.

No out-of-class experience will be accepted.


Option II:
Completion of 30 semester or 45 quarter units from an accredited college or university.

In order to qualify under Option II, applicants must attach/upload in NEOGOV a legible copy of their official transcripts. Foreign transcripts must be evaluated and submitted with their application at the time of application or within 15 calendar days of application.

Accredited institutions are those listed in the publications of regional, national or international accrediting agencies which are accepted by the Department of Human Resources. Publications such as American Universities and Colleges and International Handbook of Universities are acceptable references.

A valid California class "C" driver license or the ability to utilize an alternative method of transportation when needed to carry out job-related functions.

Involves frequent heavy lifting over 25 pounds, often combined with bending, twisting, or working on irregular surfaces; and occasionally requires extraordinary physical activity.

Additional Information


The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department operates seven days a week, 24-hours a day, and has locations throughout the greater Los Angeles County. Appointees must be willing to:

  • work any shift.
  • work overtime and consecutive shifts.
  • work any day of the year.
  • work with people of any race or ethnic group.
  • work assignments with co-workers of the opposite sex.
  • work in any location within the County of Los Angeles
  • have split or varied days off.
  • deal with people who are hostile, irrational, emotionally distraught, or mentally ill.
  • deal with volatile or life threatening situations.
  • make appropriate split-second decisions in emergent, highly stressful situations.
  • work independently and as a partner or team member with a variety of individuals.

The examination will consist of a P.O.S.T. Entry-Level Dispatcher Selection Battery test that will evaluate verbal ability, reasoning, memory, and perceptual ability weighted 100%. The Battery is comprised of eleven (11) brief tests. Six of the tests use a traditional paper-and-pencil, multiple-choice format. The remaining five tests require that you listen to information and then answer multiple-choice questions contained in a test booklet.

The P.O.S.T. Entry-Level Dispatcher Selection Battery test has been developed and validated by the Commission of Peace Officer Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.). Applicants must achieve a passing score of 70% or higher on the Entry-Level Dispatcher Selection Battery test to be placed on the eligible register. Applicants who fail or withdraw during the battery test may not compete in this examination more than once every six (6) months. The battery test is not reviewable by candidates per Civil Service Rule 7.19.

Applicants that have recently taken the P.O.S.T. Entry-Level Dispatcher Selection Battery test with a different agency, must wait for a period of one month (30 calendar days) before taking the test again.


Study guides are available to help candidates prepare for the battery test. Copies may be downloaded from the California P.O.S.T. website : (Download PDF reader) .


Applicants that have taken and passed the California Commission on "Peace Officer Standards and Training's (POST) Entry-level Dispatcher Selection Test Battery" for 1) the Law Enforcement Technician, 2) the Public Response Dispatcher I, or 3) a battery test from a State of California law enforcement agency within the last 24 months, may have their test score transferred to this examination. To transfer a score, applicants must email the Sworn Examinations Unit at [email protected] at the time of application.

If applicants wish to retake the battery test instead of transferring their score from a previous examination, the latest test score will be the final score. All transferred scores are subject to verification by P.O.S.T.'s Standards and Evaluations Services Bureau.


Applications will be processed on an as received basis and candidates will be promulgated to the eligible register accordingly. Successful candidates will remain on the eligible register in the order of their score group, for a period of twelve (12) months from the date of promulgation.

Candidates who are on the eligible register may not reapply for this examination more than once every twelve (12) months.


The resulting eligible register will be used to fill vacancies in the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.


All correspondence will be sent to the email address provided on the application. It is important that applicants provide a valid email address. Please add the following email addresses to your email address book and list of approved senders to prevent email notifications from being filtered as spam/junk/clutter mail: Applicants have the ability to opt out of emails from LA County. If you unsubscribe, you will not receive any email notification for any examination for which you apply with Los Angeles County. Regardless of whether you choose to unsubscribe, you can always check for notifications by logging into and viewing your profile inbox, which saves a copy of all emailed notices. It is the applicant's responsibility to take the above steps to view correspondence. Los Angeles County will not consider claims of not viewing or receiving notifications to be a valid reason for a late test administration or re-scheduling.



Successful completion of a three (3) week Public Safety Dispatcher basic course is required prior to the completion of the candidate's probationary period. This course is provided by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. Alternate training of the above dispatcher course may be provided by a community college and successful completion may be accepted by the Sheriff's Department.


All County workforce members must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment. Successful candidates for this position will be required to submit proof of vaccination against COVID-19 or request an exemption for qualifying medical or religious reasons during the onboarding process. Candidates should not present proof of vaccination until instructed to do so by the hiring department.


The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department (Department) has a "zero tolerance" policy for its employees for the following:
  • use of narcotics, controlled substances, and/or prescription drugs without a prescription.
  • use of marijuana with or without a prescription.
Any employee found in violation of this policy will be subject to discharge.


The background questions in the Supplemental Questionnaire (SQ) are utilized to ensure applicants meet the standards of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. Applicants who fail any background question(s) will be disqualified from all Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department examinations for which they applied, and will have to wait a minimum of twelve (12) months after the date of the disqualification to reapply.


1. Application (including SQ)
2. P.O.S.T. Entry-level Dispatcher Selection Battery Test
3. Selection Interview
4. Background Investigation
5. Medical Evaluation

If during the hiring process, the Department determines that one or more components have expired prior to hire, the candidate will be required to complete the expired component(s) again.


Candidates will be required to complete a Pre-Investigative Questionnaire that will consist of questions regarding narcotics use, theft, arrest history, domestic violence, and driving history. Examples of disqualifying factors include but are not limited to: failure to appear to scheduled appointments, felony convictions, job related misdemeanor convictions, certain serious traffic convictions or patterns, suspended license, driving under the influence, poor credit or employment history, substance abuse, and active criminal probation.


Candidates will be required to complete a P.O.S.T. mandated Personal History Statement (PHS). Candidates will receive emails from the Department's electronic case management system, E-Hire, with instructions on how to complete the PHS. Candidates are required to submit specific documents (i.e., driver license, social security card, birth/marriage certificate(s) etc.). It is the candidates' responsibility to bring both original documents and copies to their background intake appointment. Department representatives will verify the copies against the original documents, and return all original documents.


A thorough background investigation will be conducted which includes, but is not limited to; discrepancy interviews, a Live Scan (fingerprint search), polygraph examination, law enforcement agency checks, and residence/employment checks. Candidates who complete the background investigation may be selected for the position and will be extended a conditional offer of employment prior to the medical evaluation.
  • Candidates who are disqualified from the background investigation may be ineligible to reapply for any Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department position for a minimum of twelve (12) months.

The medical evaluation assesses physical ability, ensuring capability to participate in the demanding duties of the position.
  • Candidates who do not pass the medical evaluation may be ineligible to reapply for the position for a minimum of twelve (12) months.

All applicants are required to submit an online County of Los Angeles Sheriff's Department employment application. All information, including the selection requirements (i.e., work experience, and education) is subject to verification and their application may be rejected at any time during the selection process. The acceptance of their application depends on whether they have clearly shown that they meet the selection requirements.


To apply for this examination, click on the "Apply" button located on the top right corner of the screen. Applications must be submitted electronically by 5:00 pm (PT), on the last day of the application period. Applicants will be asked to provide required documents during the background process.

Applicants must upload any required documents as attachments to their application within 15 calendar days from the day they applied (only if required).

To ensure applicants have the best experience possible, it is recommended that they use a desktop or laptop to apply using the most up-to-date version of Google Chrome, Internet Explorer 11, or Microsoft Edge.


Applications can be completed on computers at public libraries throughout Los Angeles County for those applicants who may not have regular access to a computer or the internet. Information about library reopening's may be found at Library Reopening – LA County Library.


All applicants must file their application online using their own user ID and password. Using a family member's or a friend's user ID and password may erase a candidate's original application record, and may result in a rejection of your application.


All applicants must include their social security number for record control purposes. Federal law requires that all employed persons have a social security number.
ADA Coordinator Phone: (323) 981-5800
Teletype Phone: (213) 626-0251
California Relay Services Phone: (800) 735-2922
Alternate TTY Phone: (323) 267-6669 Department Contact Name: Sworn Examinations Unit Department Contact Phone: (323) 981-5800
Department Contact email: [email protected]

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