Deputy Sheriff

Newport News, VA
Newport News Sheriff's Office

Salary: $47,000 – $51,752 per year.

Position Summary:

Performs responsible work related to intake and classification of new inmates; supervision of inmates in custody; serves as bailiff/security in general district, circuit, juvenile, civil and domestic relations courts; serves civil processes (legal documents); transports inmates; supervises work programs and inmate workers and performs general law enforcement duties. As a Deputy Sheriff duties may also include work in related areas of law enforcement, corrections, security, criminal justice, jail operations, court operations, as well as police, sheriff, and task force operations.

Essential Functions:

  • Processes inmates in and out of the jail; performs searches and a complete inspection of the inmate upon entry to the jail; collects and inspects personal articles, clothing and money and issues receipts; performs basic medical screening; verifies warrants and commitment orders; takes photos and fingerprints and DNA tests when necessary; enters charges into computer systems, searches for outstanding warrants and communicates with other federal and state departments and local jurisdictions; escorts inmates to and from the Magistrate.
  • Interviews inmates and ensures that each inmate is correctly classified and housed in appropriate location within the jail; maintains the record board identifying each inmate and where they are housed. When appropriate, ensures inmates are segregated and/or isolated from the general jail population or from each other.
  • Supervises inmates and maintains a high level of security and control. Supervision of inmates may be on an assigned floor, during meals, recreation, religious services, classroom programs, work detail, or courtroom/medical facility transports and jail escorts between activities. May also monitor security of the jail from the control room using radios, intercoms and cameras, or may use a two-deputy escort system when inmates are fully restrained. Prevents escapes and injury; searches for and recaptures escaped inmates.
  • Conducts inspections and searches of inmates, cells and mail for contraband and weapons to ensure security of the jail; regularly conducts inmate headcounts and security checks with more frequent counts of identified “at risk” inmates.
  • Distributes food according to dietary needs; issues bedding, clothing and other supplies; ensures a clean and sanitary housing environment; conducts regular inventories of equipment/supplies and submits supply requisitions as necessary.
  • Accurately maintains inmate files and ensures data is accurately input into LIDS and CJIS systems and that inmates are confined or released according to the Judges Order; liaises with other jurisdictions regarding inmates and creates transportation orders when necessary.
  • Oversees and records family visits and special visitors including attorneys and ministers; oversees the safety of non-jail personnel while in the secure areas.
  • Enforces jail rules and regulations; ensures appropriate disciplinary action and criminal charges are administered with required legal documents served.
  • Prepares detailed written and verbal reports of observations and incidents; provides disciplinary reports when necessary; maintains detailed shift logs and records all shift and inmate activities.
  • Provides immediate back-up to all sworn and civilian staff in the event of an incident.
  • Administers first-aid and cardio-pulmonary resuscitation as a first responder in emergencies.
  • Serves as a bailiff/security in the General District, Circuit or Juvenile and Domestic Relations courts; collects and transports inmates from the jail to the court; opens court session; maintains order and security of the court and takes action in the event of outbursts from the public or inmates; maintains surveillance of jury room while members are deliberating; provides security for the Judge and jury members during recess or other breaks.
  • Executes civil court orders; serves writs, orders and other legal documents on business establishments, banks and private individuals within required timeframe; seizes property as directed by the courts; executes writs of possession and returns property to the plaintiff; checks all processes to be served for validity, form and possible errors.
  • Executes Temporary Detention Orders and transports the subject to the identified hospital or facility.
  • Performs extraditions and transports inmate safely and securely to Newport News using various modes of travel.
  • Tracks movements of offenders on the GPS electronic monitoring system and apprehends program violators.
  • Coordinates and participates in outreach programs within the community to include Class Action, Achievable Dream, Safety for our Seniors, Project Lifesaver, Street Watch, File of Life, and Yellow Dot Alert.
  • May perform traffic enforcement duties as well as general law enforcement duties as appropriate.
  • Responds to bomb threats and fire alarms as assigned.
  • Uses firearms outside of jail facilities and restraint techniques in compliance with existing laws, policies and procedures.
  • Performs related work as assigned.


  • Applicants must be 21 years old at the time of hire for the position of Deputy Sheriff.
  • The Code of Virginia requires applicants for the position of Deputy Sheriff be citizens of the United States prior to appointment.
  • Applicants must have a High School Diploma or General Education Development (GED) certificate.
  • Must be a citizen of the United States.
  • Requires an acceptable background check and acceptable credit check.
  • Meet all federal, state and local requirements to carry a firearm.
  • Have never been dishonorably discharged from any of the armed forces of the United States.
  • Requires a valid drivers license with an acceptable driving record.