Entry Level Sheriff's Deputy
For entry level candidates, the testing process
can take anywhere from 3 to 10 months (quicker for lateral applicants)
depending on several factors (e.g., applicant availability, testing and
interview schedules, and available vacancies). Currently, we have exceeded
our hiring goals for the first half of 2016. We anticipate further hiring
as vacancies occur. We suggest you still apply now via National
Testing Network(NTN) in order
to get a head start on the application process. Please
note that NTN scores are valid for 1 year. Laterals do not take the
Basic Qualifications for All Applicants
You must be a United States citizen at the
time of application;
You must have the ability to read, speak,
and write the English language fluently;
You must be at least 20 years of age at the
time of application; age 21 on the date of hire;
You must have a Washington State driver's
license, or be able to obtain one by the date of hire;
You must have a high school degree or GED;
You must meet KCSO medical standards, as
determined by a medical exam following an offer of employment; and
You must be able to pass the background
investigation. (We have provided a short self-screening background
questionnaire that will help us determine whether you meet some basic
background qualifications. This is attached to Deputy Sheriff Job
Application and must be filled out as a part of the application
See list of disqualifying behaviors at left,
LAW ENFORCEMENT TEST
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Additional Qualifications for Lateral Entry Applicants with Previous
Experience as a full time commissioned
police officer with at least 12 months of active patrol;
Successful completion of probation as a
commissioned officer with a city, county or state police or sheriff's
Less than a two-year break in service from a
former police officer position; and
Academy training that meets or exceeds the
Washington State Criminal Justice Training Center's standards.
Skills You'll Need To Be a Law Enforcement Officer
Am I able to speak clearly and listen to
others well? Can I write a report with grammatically correct English?
Do I read and comprehend well to learn the
laws and procedures of law enforcement in the academy?
Do I have a good memory to recall what I've
learned and what I've witnessed in incidents?
Am I able to follow maps and find my way
Do I have excellent physical fitness?
Do I have basic computer skills?