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Do you have what it takes to be a sheriff's deputy?

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - If you're looking for a change in your career, this could be the perfect time. The San Diego County Sheriff's Department is currently looking to fill 300 positions, including sworn deputy positions in all sorts of specialties throughout the county.

Ever thought of becoming a deputy, or working for the sheriff's department in some other way? This is your chance, as the department begins actively recruiting for applicants for sworn positions this Friday.

"We're looking for eager, motivated individuals who are looking to give back to their community, good public servants," Capt. Ed Musgrove said.

The opportunities are nearly limitless.

"You can fly helicopters, you can ride motorcycles, you can belong to our SWAT team, bomb squad," Undersheriff Ed Prendergast said.

From working on the K-9 unit to patrol to bomb arson, the sheriff's department provides a way to rise to new heights in your career.

"Being able to have a job where you work with robots and blow things up to flying helicopters, I just think the opportunities the sheriff's department offers is enormous," Det. Anthony Calvert said.

Along with new deputies who must complete a six-month training academy before becoming sworn officers, the department is also looking for a number of non-sworn positions, from administrative to dispatch to crime scene investigators.

"You go home at the end of the day and a lot of times you feel like you made a difference, you've done something to help people out," Calvert said.

This active recruitment period for sworn deputies this Friday, February 1 and goes through February 10. Applicants for law enforcement must be 20 1/2 at the time they apply, and are also required to go through a six-month training academy.

If you are interested in applying to the San Diego County Sheriff's Department, just visit

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