Deputy Sheriff

Richmond, VA
Richmond City Sheriff’s Office
Salary: $35,000

The Richmond City Sheriff’s Office is seeking qualified individuals interested in a career in corrections and law enforcement to serve as a Deputy Sheriff. We desire individuals who are dedicated and committed to providing quality service to the community. It is essential that our Deputy Sheriffs possess the highest standards of personal and professional integrity, commitment, and dependability. If you want a challenging and rewarding experience and wish to work with other dedicated professionals, the Richmond City Sheriff’s Office encourages YOU to apply.

Deputy Sheriffs are trained as Jail Officers, Courtroom Security Officers, and Civil Process Officers. The Sheriff’s Office offers additional career opportunities through the following specialized positions: Honor Guard Unit, Transportation Officer, Inmate/Resident Community Services Crew, Certified Law Enforcement Instructors, and Classification Officer. All new Deputy Sheriffs appointed by the Sheriff are assigned to the Division of Jail Operations and perform the duties of a Jail Officer before becoming eligible for other assignments that may become available with the Sheriff’s Office.

This is a sworn Law Enforcement position appointed by the Sheriff of the City of Richmond. Deputies initially work within the Richmond City Justice Center and are responsible for the security and welfare of any person legally remanded to the custody of the Richmond City Sheriff’s Office, as well as members of the public that visit and conduct business at the Richmond City Justice Center.

Deputy Sheriffs assigned to Uniform Operations work one of the following shifts:
• “Day Shift” 0630 – 1900 hours
• “Night Shift” 1830 – 0700 hours

Deputies may be required to work overtime and are subject to have their shift assignment changed, based on need of personnel, at the discretion of the Commander of Uniform Operations. A Deputy Sheriff, working within the Uniform Operations Division, reports directly to the Sector Sergeant or Shift Supervisor.

Compensation Base salary of $35,000 with increase to $36,596 upon entering 13th month of employment


Maintains security of residents within an assigned post
Monitors the activities of residents by performing random security inspections, checking the following: resident well-being and behavior, pod windows are free from damage and obstruction, lighting is sufficient and in working order, sanitation of residents and housing areas, equipment and fixtures (doors, showers, toilets, etc.) are in proper working order, all locking mechanisms and security devices are in proper working order and are properly secured, and fire and safety hazards
Documents in a proper manner any situation or occurrence that is not consistent with the routine operations of the Richmond City Sheriff’s Office using the appropriate form
Helps other deputies or calls for assistance for any use of force incident or potential use of force incident and follows department’s use of force policy in response to all use of force incidents
Supervises resident movement and activities
Performs resident transports to locations outside the Richmond City Justice Center, such as clinics, emergency room, courts, etc.
Performs resident personal searches and cell searches as needed or required by policy
Provides security in the pods during feeding of residents
Provides information and aid to residents consistent with departmental policy
Ensures security and accountability of all key packs and keys through proper key control as prescribed by policy and procedure
Maintains records of and properly identifies persons entering and leaving facility and/or security area
Restricts movement to security areas through operation of electronically and manually secured doors
Secures outside perimeter of Richmond City Justice Center and prevents flow of contraband by conducting thorough rounds and searches of outside grounds and fixtures
Communicates effectively with other posts or deputies in the Richmond City Justice Center via two-way radio using proper terminology and ten-codes as prescribed by the Standard Operating Procedures
Helps the public and performs duties and functions outlined in the Standard Operating Procedures during resident visitation
Helps citizens and professionals with authorized information about residents
Drives emergency vehicles under stressful conditions
Uses physical force to control and arrest law violators
Performs medium to heavy work that involves exerting 50 to 100 pounds of force occasionally, and/or 25 to 50 pounds of force frequently, and/or 10 to 20 pounds of force constantly to move or carry objects
Maintains a physical and mental state of fitness and readiness to handle involvement with dangerous and potentially dangerous people, animals, and equipment
Performs duties that may involve running, walking, climbing stairs, sitting or standing for long periods, crouching/stooping, bending/squatting, lifting, pulling, pushing, reaching, grasping, and raising objects, and applicants must have the manual dexterity, sense of touch, and hand strength to use a firearm or physically subdue a person and apply or remove handcuffs and must have normal hearing and normal or correctable vision
Carries out any or all other duties as directed by the Sheriff or his or her designee


Must be at least 21 years old
Must be a U.S. citizen
High school diploma or GED required
Never convicted of any felony charge
Not convicted of sufficient misdemeanors (including traffic offenses) to establish a pattern of disregard for the law
Never convicted of any domestic violence offense
Must possess strong moral character as determined by the Applicant Screening Panel and background investigation
Must be willing to submit to being fingerprinted and a search will be made of local, state, and national fingerprint files to disclose any criminal record
Must be found, after examination by Occupational Health, to be free from any physical, emotional, or mental conditions that might adversely affect his/her ability to exercise the powers or duties of a Deputy Sheriff
Must successfully complete the job-related academy as provided for by this agency
Must have a valid driver's license and clean driving record
Must submit to an extensive background investigation, credit history check, polygraph examination, and medical examination/drug screening
Must complete all DCJS requirements for certification as a Deputy Sheriff within one year of hire date
Must have basic computer skills and be familiar with Microsoft Office software
Must qualify with firearms and other defensive weapons