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Currently available: Deputy Sheriff

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Earn a starting salary of $62,504.00 annually while working only 15 days a month! Work mostly 12-hour fixed shifts with evening shifts earning an extra $1.00 per hour.

Minimum Qualifications for Deputy Sheriff:

Step 1.Education

High school graduate or GED equivalent

Step 2.Age Limit

Must be 21 years of age at the time of appointment or within three months of the 21st birthday on the closing date for receipt of applications

Step 3.Physical Condition

Must be in an excellent physical condition

Step 4.Citizenship

Must be U.S. citizen at the time of application

Step 5.Must Be Bondable For Handling Commonwealth Funds

Step 6.Valid Driver’s License

Must possess a valid driver’s license from a place of residence

Step 7.Special Requirements

Position requires being available for emergency calls, standby duty, 12-hour shifts, overtime, and details outside the facility. Also includes work on days, evenings, nights, weekends, holidays and rotating shifts

Step 8.Training

Must successfully complete Northern Virginia Criminal Justice Academy within the first 12 months of employment — successful completion includes passing all phases of academic, physical, driver, and firearms training. In-service maintenance training and semi-annual firearms qualifications are ongoing.

Step 9.All new sworn Sheriff’s Office employees must be non-smokers and are required to sign an agreement to not smoke on or off the job during tenure.

Examination Requirements

  • Written
  • Polygraph
  • Psychological
  • Medical (will include chest x-ray and drug/alcohol test)
  • Character/Background Investigation to include a criminal history inquiry. Note: Candidates who have engaged in any activity that would support a felony conviction are unlikely to receive favorable consideration. Misdemeanor convictions for crimes relating to theft, domestic violence, or assault are likely to disqualify (incomplete and/or inaccurate information on personal history may be cause for rejection).


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