Deputy Sheriff

Waukesha, WI
Waukesha County Sheriff's Department
Salary: $22.68-$32.62

Waukesha County is conducting a continuous recruitment for Deputy Sheriff positions. At this time there is no deadline to apply.

Waukesha County is a great place to work! We offer generous benefits such as excellent health insurance, participation in the Wisconsin Retirement System, ample vacation time, training courses, career advancement, and an exceptional employee wellness program that offers a variety of programs and tools to help promote an employee’s wellness and health.

The Sheriff’s Department will hire candidates who have not been through the Police Academy and will send the right candidates through the Police Academy upon hire. Click on the link below to learn more about the Waukesha County Sheriff’s Department and becoming a Deputy Sheriff.


Under supervision, to enforce Federal, State, and County laws and ordinances consistent with policies, procedures, rules, regulations, and other communications of the Department.  Patrols County roads and highways to ensure the peace and safety; maintains order and security in courtrooms and county facilities; serves civil process and warrants, and performs other duties as required.

  1. Ensures the peace and safety of the public through enforcement of laws, ordinances, and departmental policies.
  2. Patrols roads and highways in Waukesha County.
  3. Attends court as a bailiff and preserves peace and order in courtrooms and responds to safety and security situations within County facilities as requested.
  4. Responds to and conducts initial felony, misdemeanor, accident, complaint, and ordinance investigations; issues citations, collects evidence, completes reports, and makes arrests where appropriate.
  5. Delivers and serves civil process papers and warrants on individuals, including transporting individuals to court or jail as directed by the warrant.
  6. Provides assistance during special events, including traffic direction, crowd control, and ensures public safety.
  7. Renders first aid when necessary.
  8. Transports persons in custody to and from institutions or court and takes appropriate security measures to ensure custody.
  9. Responds to emergency situations and assists in providing security, search and rescue operations, and makes appropriate notification to persons and agencies required to respond to given emergency situations.
  10. Uses appropriate levels of force to capture, control, and detain individuals.
  11. Maintains a variety of records and prepares clear and concise reports.
  12. Appears in court as a witness and testifies concerning law enforcement actions and investigations.
  13. Establishes and maintains effective public and working relationships.
  14. Represents the department and make presentations on law enforcement activities including crime prevention, safety, security, and department services to school and community groups.
  15. Performs other duties as necessary.

Desired Skills:

  1. Considerable knowledge of modern law enforcement principles and practices.
  2. Considerable knowledge of Federal, State, and County laws and regulations.
  3. Considerable knowledge of courtroom policies, procedures; and processes.
  4. Considerable knowledge of statutory provisions relating to arrest, search and seizure; methods employed in the detection and apprehension of criminals and traffic offenders.
  5. Working knowledge of occupational hazards and safe work practices.
  6. Working knowledge of the basic principles of first aid.
  7. Ability to learn and effectively apply principles, techniques, methods, and practices and to properly use law enforcement equipment.
  8. Ability to effectively communicate, understand, and follow written and oral instructions.
  9. Ability to act quickly and calmly in emergency situations and to handle difficult and complex situations within established legal and procedural guidelines.
  10. Ability to learn and effectively apply emergency first aid practices and procedures.
  11. Ability to make sound decisions and use good judgment.
  12. Ability to maintain accurate and complete records and prepare clear and concise reports.
  13. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with other employees and the public.
  14. Ability to use computer and electronic equipment for department paperwork, investigations, and reports.
  15. Ability to geographically coordinate a location and get to another location safely and in the most expeditious way possible.


Minimum training and experience

  1. High school diploma, GED or HSED.
  2. Age 21 at the time of application.
  3. Citizen of the United States.
  4. Sixty (60) semester credits of post high school education or an Associate's Degree from an accredited university, college, or technical school.  Note: Thirty (30) credits may be waived for individuals with training (e.g. military training) or experience that has been approved by the American Council on Education (ACE).  For information on how to request a waiver click here:
  5. Possession of a valid driver's license.
  6. Ability to carry a firearm.

Supplemental Information

  • Waukesha County Deputy Sheriff recruitments are no longer subject to civil service.
  • In general, the selection process includes an application review, written examination, employment interview, background investigation, physical ability testing, polygraph examination, psychological evaluation, medical examination, and drug test.
  • Former candidates must submit a new application.
  • Veteran's preference points are no longer awarded.  However, candidates' military experience as it relates to the Deputy Sheriff position is considered. Such experience should be included in the supplemental section of the application.
  • Candidates best meeting the qualifications and requirements of a Deputy Sheriff position are invited to take the entry level law enforcement written exam.
  • Candidates with job related experience meeting the needs of the department, may, at the discretion of the department, bypass the written examination and advance to an interview. Experience is not based solely on years of experience but rather on the content and relevance of achievement and accomplishment in their law enforcement role.
  • Qualified candidates, those that passed the written exam, remain on a standing list for 6-months from the date of examination.
  • Be sure that your responses to the application and supplemental questions demonstrate your experience, training and qualifications as they relate to the position. This determines your eligibility to move on in the selection process.