Deputy Sheriff

Shalimar, FL
Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office

$48,713.60 – $51,168.00 Annually


Currently offering all sworn applicants a $3,500.00 hiring bonus with two year employment agreement.

The duties of this position require a constitutional law enforcement officer, requiring the regular bearing of firearms. Preserves law and order and protect life and property. Respond to calls for service, including but not limited to complaints involving drunkenness, domestic disturbances, fires, theft, as well as other felony and misdemeanor violations of law. Make interpretations of state law and county ordinances. Must assist Local, State and Federal Law Enforcement Agencies as well as other divisions of the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office.


If you are certified in Law Enforcement in another state, federal agency, or military, or if you have more than four years break in Law Enforcement certification, you may be exempted from attending the full basic recruit academy and you qualify for an Out-of-State Equivalency. To determine if you meet the requirements please contact the Florida Department of Law Enforcement Assessment Center. Click here

**Background Investigation Waiver (Required): Please Click Here for the Background Waiver.



  • Patrol Okaloosa County to preserve the peace, prevent and discover criminal acts and to enforce all the laws of the State of Florida and applicable Federal regulations
  • Conduct preliminary investigations, including but not limited to, protecting and collecting evidence, interviewing complainants, witnesses and suspects involved in crimes
  • Prepares a variety of written reports concerning involvement in the duties assigned
  • Prepares criminal complaints to initiate the arrest of violators
  • Involved in traffic control and in certain instances the investigation of motor vehicle crashes
  • Must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the use of firearms, including pistol and shotgun
  • Must have the ability to follow directives and policies of the agency;
  • Must be able to work flexible hours, any overtime scheduled or unscheduled, or on call.
  • Must have the ability to follow directives and policies of the agency;
  • Performs related duties as necessary.



The following list will result in an automatic disqualification from the hiring process. Please review this list before starting an application for employment.

  • Drug use within the last 12 months (illegal drug use under Federal or State law)
  • Misdemeanor conviction (including a plea of nolo contendere) within the last 5 years for any of the following: DUI, Battery (including domestic violence), and/or Theft.
  • Suspension or revocation or license in the last 3 years
  • Felony conviction (or pleads guilty or pleads nolo contendere)
  • Misdemeanor involving perjury or false statement (found guilty, pleads guilty, or pleads nolo contendere)
  • Dishonorable discharge from the United States Armed Forces

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Meet standards listed above (cannot have anything in background listed as an automatic disqualifier)
  • Graduate of a Florida CJSTC accredited training center or certified police academy, or
  • If not a graduate, must be enrolled in a current or upcoming academy class, or
  • Be eligible for the Equivalency of Training course as outlined in Florida State Statute 943.13(2a) and supporting Florida Administrative Code Rule 11B-35.009(3, 4, or 5)
  • Must be at least 19 years of age
  • United States Citizen
  • High School Diploma or Equivalent (College transcripts can be submitted in place of diploma)
  • Be of Good Moral Character (as outlined in Florida State Statute 943.13(7) and supporting Florida Administrative Code Rule 11B-27.0011)
  • Pass the Physical Ability Test
  • Qualify with a semi-automatic handgun and shotgun
  • Must be able to perform the essential functions of a Deputy Sheriff
  • Residency requirement: Sworn members must reside in Okaloosa County, Santa Rosa County, or Walton County
  • Complete Background Investigation as outlined in the Hiring Process below

Hiring Process:

  • Physical Abilities Test
  • Drug Screen
  • Fingerprint Scan
  • Credit Check
  • Criminal and Civil Records Check
  • Driving Record Check
  • Pre-Employment Polygraph Exam
  • Pre-Employment Psychological Evaluation
  • Background Investigation
  • Oral Board Interview
  • FDLE Medical Exam

Standards to Perform Essential Job Functions

Physical Requirements: Must be physically able to safely operate a motor vehicle. Must be able to operate radio equipment, computer, copier, fax and telephone. Must be able to bend body downward and forward by bending spine at the waist, requiring full use of lower extremities and back muscles. Must be able to bend legs at knees to come to rest on knee(s). Must be able to bend body downward and forward by bending legs and spine. Must be able to move about on hands and knees or hands and feet. Must be able to reach, extending hand(s) in any direction. Must be able to handle, seize, hold, grab, turn, or otherwise work with hand(s). Must be able to stand at least 50% of the time. Must be able to lift 60 pounds or more.Must be able to drag 150 pounds 100 feet. Must be able to maintain personal fitness.

Interpersonal Communication: Requires the ability to speak before groups, articulate ideas, and effectively communicate the stated objectives in a well planned, organized and clear manner.

Language Abilities: Must be able to speak with clarity, voice control and confidence and to articulate information to others. Requires the ability to record and deliver information, to explain procedures, to follow oral and written instructions. Must be able to communicate effectively and efficiently.

Intelligence: Requires the ability to apply principles and to make independent judgments in the absence of supervisor and to acquire knowledge of topics related to essential job functions.

Interpersonal Temperament: Requires the ability to deal with the public. Must be able to control large crowds. Requires dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations. Requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in difficult situations. The employee may be subject to danger or risk when working in extreme atmospheric conditions or near biohazards.

Physical Communication: Requires the ability to talk and/or hear; (talking: expressing or exchanging ideas by means of spoken words; Hearing: perceiving nature of sounds by ear). Must be able to hear and understand communications through a telephone and over a radio.

Written Communication: Display the ability to write a minimum of one complete paragraph that is legible and can be understood by a reasonably intelligent adult. Requires the ability to enter data into computer and prepare reports, correspondence, etc., with proper format, punctuation, spelling and grammar, using all parts of speech.

Vision: Peripheral vision or side vision is the ability to see objects and movement outside of the direct line of vision and may be needed to stop any potential conflicts that may occur.

All employment decisions shall be made without regard to age, race, creed, color, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, disability status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, citizenship status or any other basis as protected by federal, state, or local law.